from Wayne Mullins
We said goodbye to Doug Creelman this month.
It was a large gathering; the hundreds in attendance packed the facility and it served as an acknowledgment of how much he was respected by our Members, sailing and professional colleagues, friends and family alike.
Professionally he was a graduate of the University of Michigan and Harvard University, and a University Professor (emeritus), Department of Psychology at the University of Toronto.
A member of both the National and the Royal Canadian Yacht Clubs, Doug was a founding member of NYC’s Shark fleet bringing Kokomis, Hinterhoeller Shark, #435, to the Club in 1965. Kokomis flew the red and black burgee for almost 50 years and was sailed in World Cup, CORK, Toronto area regattas, middle-distance and club races. He and Lynne also cruised Kokomis including a voyage out of Lake Ontario and down the eastern seaboard.
In the late 1970’s and through the ’80’s Doug was navigator / tactician aboard a number of campaigns at SORC, Mackinac as well as three Newport to Bermuda races. In ’78 he navigated Magistri, the Canada Cup challenger when, with an NYC crew, they won Southern Ocean Racing Circuit Lipton Cup.
He followed his many passions to an expert level. A dedicated volunteer, ready and willing to provide his guidance and expertise unselfishly and without reservation, and with his extensive knowledge and enthusiasm for sailing, he never hesitated to be involved in a positive way. He volunteered to the sailing community in numerous ways –
At National, he was on the Board of Directors in 1973-74 and continiously on the Sailing Committee for over thirty eight years; working with sixteen Rear Commodores / VC’s of Fleet. He Chaired the Club’s Protest Committee for thirty seasons and was a Protest Consultant for eight years. Recently he was an active National Old Timer member.
He devoted countless hours to Race Management for more than two decades performing in roles of PRO, a race committee member, Judge or Umpire not just in Club or area events but in support of key regattas including the Pan Am Games, Bermuda Race Week, the Olympics regatta, NOOD, the Bacardi Cup in Miami and events as far reaching as Puerto Rico and France. He and Lynne also undertook Judge and Rules training programs across the province for over seven years
In recognition of this, a year ago Ontario Sailing Association’s Past Presidents selected Doug and Lynne to receive the OSA Presidents’ Trophy. This award is given, periodically, for outstanding contribution to the development of sailing in Ontario and each were recognized for their specific contributions.
Marks of respect came from Canada’s Cup and class sailors, Olympians, judges, race committees and Club Boards in Canada and abroad. The tributes echoed his mentorship of so many and his encouragement of others to give back to sailing by becoming a race committee member or judge.
Doug was one of a kind in service to the Club and dedication to the sport of sailing at large. Our thoughts are with Lynne as she moves forward with the next phase of her life
Peace to his noble soul….Home is the sailor….