W. Sidney Knox – Inducted 2010

 In Hall of Fame

Sidney began his long term involvement with sailing as a teenager in the interwar years. The Second World War, which had a significant impact on our country, took him to England, service in the Royal Air Force and his part in the invasion of France.

Back home in peacetime, Sidney started his commercial career in heavy vehicle and equipment sales and while based in San Fernando, imported Shearwater Catamaran kits, competing fiercely in the Port of Spain – Point-a-Pierre circuit. In south he founded the San Fernando Yacht Club in Vistabella and his increasingly important role in the Neal and Massy Group brought him to the north, which heightened his involvement in the Trinidad Yachting Association, to the point where he was one of the key players in obtaining the lease of the Chaguaramas Sailing Centre, headquarters of the TTSA. His service as President, Treasurer and Committee Member of the Management Committee of TTSA spanned nearly five decades and his direction played a major part in ensuring that the Association remained on an even financial keel and avoided the pitfalls that bedevilled other national organisations. He was an active competitor in the various classes for the big boats and won Boat of the Year several times.

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