Pat B. Harris

April 25, 2023

Pat Harris, a follower and great supporter of the Tardis Project, passed away recently.

I knew Pat for 43 years. He was by boss, my business partner, my sailing buddy and most of all, my friend. He helped me get Memsahib across Canada from Georgian Bay clear through to Killarney, we ran between Norwalk and Newport many times either on Memsahib or his incredible trimaran Gypsy Heart and our last boating adventure was crossing Lake Okeechobee on Tardis.

Pat was a talented and successful business person and we worked together on many groundbreaking projects in the media world — and some disasters. But he really flowered in later life as Chairman of the Youth Sailing Foundation of Indian River County in Vero Beach, Florida. He took it from a nice little volunteer organization rebuilding Opti’s to multidimensional sailing organization reaching 400 young sailors every year, and building an incredible hub for community boating in what once was a waste treatment plant. Their beautiful new facility will be called the Pat B. Harris Community Sailing Center.

This is Pat fishing, drinking rum, and eating shrimp at a really ugly anchorage in Lake Okeechobee.

No better memory.

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