It is with a heavy heart in SAYRA that we share the passing of Means Davis from Atlanta Yacht Club (AYC) on July 9th.
In SAYRA, Means was a tremendous leader and educator in the area of Race Management. He taught countless formal and informal classes and was always willing to lend a hand on those parking lot debates. Means was recognized in 2015 as the John Bonds Service Award recipient. Most recently, he served on the SAYRA Appeals Committee.
At US Sailing, Means was an influential National and International Judge, Regional Race Officer and Judge, and Race Management Instructor. He served on the Board of Directors, the Review Board, the Judges Education and Training Subcommittee, the Risk Management Committee, and many others. In 2016, he was awarded US Sailing’s prestigious Harman Hawkins Award for the major role he played in the advancement of race administration.
Means served as AYC Commodore in 1983 and held numerous other positions at the club during the past 60 years. A Snipe sailor for 25 years, Means served as Commodore of the Snipe Class International Racing Association in 1991.
In 1996, Means had the great honor of being one of three officials responsible for race management at the Olympic Games in Savannah, Georgia.
Means was a major contributor to SAYRA and will be missed by many. Prayers to his family, wife Peggy and children Means V and Tarasa, and the Atlanta YC and Snipe families.
A celebration of life for Means Davis will be held on Sunday, July 18 from 6 – 8 p.m. at Atlanta Yacht Club. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to AYC Junior Sailing or the Helen Hanley Fund.
Pictured below - In 2015, Davis was awarded the Harman Hawkins Trophy for his outstanding contributions to race administration.