Sunday, June 10, 2018

Blessings to Jim Bishop- J/44 GOLD DIGGER

J/44 Gold Digger - Jim Bishop's team off Key West Race Week (Jamestown, RI)- Jim Bishop, owner of the famous, Caribbean-green J/44 GOLD DIGGER passed away this week. The Commodore of American Yacht Club, home for Jim’s fleet of boats, offered their condolences to the Bishop family and friends:

“It is with deep sadness that I inform you Jim Bishop Sr. passed away peacefully with his family at his side Thursday, May 24th. Racing his IOD “Makai,” his J/44 “Gold Digger,” and spending time with family and friends on the “Coastal Queen” out of American YC were some of the things he cherished most. Even during his last weeks, he was looking forward to this summer’s racing, and God Willing- the Bermuda Race on his lovingly maintained J/44 GOLD DIGGER. We will all remember him for his generous spirit, perpetual storytelling and that twinkle in his eye.”

Jim was a big fan of the J/Boats team, having worked with Bob Johnstone, in particular, on creating, fostering, and supporting the J/44 One-Design Class; it was modeled on the same principals as the International One-Design class, another fleet that he enjoyed sailing since his youth.  The concept met with great success and the multitude of J/44 owners and the J/Boats team will greatly miss Jim’s enthusiasm and support of the J/44 class.  May his spirit live on sailing the great Gold Digger in the sky. Add to Flipboard Magazine.