Our darling Michael has left our shores and sailed far away. Much loved by all of his family. A celebration of Michael’s life will be held at 2pm on Friday 14 February 2020 at the Tauranga Yacht Club, 90 Keith Allen Drive, Tauranga. Messages may be sent to the McCormick family C/- Hope Family Funerals, 4 Keenan Road, RD3, Tauranga 3173.
Mike McCormick Obituary
Mike was an active member of P.C.C. in the 1960/70’s.
He inherited his father’s 20ft mullet boat Winifred N15 and raced it successfully with the Club against the 22ft L class when I owned Taotane.
Mike was an excellent seaman and became very sought after as professional crew and navigator.
He was the first apprentice yacht rigger in NZ and was foreman for John Shaw Ltd in the 1960’s. He ran his own rigging business in Tauranga for many years and now his son Scott has taken over from him.
In the ‘60/70’s Mike crewed, navigated and did yacht deliveries around the world. He crewed for Ian Gibbs One-ton Challenges/ Sydney-Hobarts and Admirals Cup campaigns representing P.C.C.
Mike has a long list of boats and yacht racing history as highlighted by John McFarlane in his January 2020 article in Boating NZ.
Mike was highly respected and he helped many yachties over the decades. He will be remembered and missed by many.
Condolences to his family.
Memories with Mike McCormick – Martin Robertson
Dad sailed with Mike on Ray Hasler’s Farr One Tonner, Jenny H through the One Ton Cup NZ Trials, One Ton Cup and Southern Cross Cup including the Sydney Hobart (I think I’ve got that right)
Dad has very fond memories of the man and the sailing they
did together. He recalls that Mike was a tiger for largely self-inflicted
punishment, with a great sense of humour and that he was a terrific yachtsman
and navigator…he’s saddened to learn of his passing