Nick Scandone passes away

Dear UCI Sailors,

A very special member of ours has passed away. Although I never met Nick Scandone in person, I've heard many stories from people who knew him, and I'm sure many of you were lucky enough to know him. He was a UCI sailor, and after graduating, was coached by our very own Mike Pinckney.

The following is from, and is more effective then me trying to tell you myself:

Nick Scandone, 2008 Paralympic Gold Medalist, has passed away. Nick succumbed early this morning from the lingering effects of ALS. Nick was pre-deceased by his mother and sister, and leaves his dad, Vince, brother Rocky, and rock of gibraltar wife Mary Kate, along with several thousand friends and fans, probably tens of thousand’s of fans actually. Nick’s accomplishments the past few years in the face of adversity touched us all.

ALS is a terrible, wicked disease. And though it all, Nick never complained, and literally partied on. While slowing down after his Paralympic win, he never the less wanted to stay as active as possible, and engaged with his friends. To that end, there would be a group of people who would gather at Nick and Mary Kate’s for Monday Night Football parties all this fall. As recently as a couple of weeks ago, Nick was leading the way in menu selection, and giving orders in the kitchen so as to inspire a Gold medal performance in seafood meal preparation from chef Clarence. Right to the end, Nick consumed fun, food and friends with the same zeal with which he approached his Gold Medal performance this summer.

There’s one more story that needs to be told here. The hat. In late August several people got up before the sun to wish Nick and his coach Mike Pinckney farewell at John Wayne airport, on the first leg of their journey to China. At the airport, Nick was wearing an official 2008 Olympic hat. When asked where he got that hat, Nick said “My mom gave this to me three years ago, and told me I’d wear it when I went to the Olympics. Unfortunately she’s not here to see all this, but her hat is going with me to China, just like she said it would”.

If you're interested, you can read more about him, and leave comments at:

Rhett Roback

"Men go to the mountains as they go back to sailing ships at sea. because in the mountains and on the sea they must face up." - Henry David Thoreau.