paid to Burnham Sailing Club Commodore who has died
have this week been paid to Ken Sowden, the commodore of Burnham-On-Sea
sailing club, who has sadly passed away.
73, lost his battle with cancer on 11th August.
Humphrey, President of Burnham Sailing Club, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"As a previous dinghy instructor and keen yachtsman, he brought
his enthusiasm and passion for sailing to the sailing club."
loved to participate in sailing races and club cruises whenever
he could. After the race he would be found in the bar with his
glass of red wine discussing sailing tactics. He loved to socialise
with both his family, friends and club members."
Commodore and Sailing Master he worked tirelessly to encourage
more people to get on the water. More recently he proposed the
setting up of a local Gig Club. This is something which we hope
to bring to fruition in the near future and this will be his legacy
to us all."
strong family man, colleague, and friend. Whilst he has passed
on he will not be forgotten by members of the sailing club. Our
thoughts and prayers go to Annette, and all the family at this
Wills, former vice commodore and the current treasurer of the
Sailing Club, added: "Ken brought a wealth of sailing knowledge
and expertise to the club, based on his extensive sailing career,
both in the UK and from his time spent abroad."
was very keen to encourage new members onto the local waters here
in Bridgwater Bay and actively promoted the club's racing programme."
was always keen to continue to develop sailing skills for club
members and indeed himself, which included a single-handed trip
to Ireland just a few years ago. His input into club management
and his leadership skills have had a significant contribution
in the development of the local sailing club - and I know that
his influence will be dearly missed."
was previously a school teacher both in Africa and later locally
at The Wells School. On retiring he and wife Annette set up their
own guesthouse overlooking Wells Cathedral. Later Ken they moved
funeral will be held on 28th August at Sedgemoor Crematorium,
to be followed by a wake at Burnham-On-Sea Motorboat & Sailing
Top, Ken Sowden, and above with Burnham Sailing Club members at
last year's regatta