Jim Wynn

Jim Wynn

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Jim Wynn, a powerboat racer and pleasure-boat designer who influenced both aspects of boating, died in
Miami after an extended illness at the age of 60.

Jim Wynn’s engineering developments in creating and perfecting the deep-V hulls and the inboard/outboard
powerboat drive engines known as stern drives not only made possible high-speed offshore racing but also
proved a boon to millions of pleasure and military craft afloat worldwide.

In 1958, he and a fellow boat builder, Ole Botved, completed the first crossing of the Atlantic Ocean by
outboard motor, going from Copenhagen to New York City in 11 days.

In 1964, Wynne won the first World Open Class championship. He won the title again two years later.

Besides competing, Wynne often wrote on offshore powerboat racing. He was also an accomplished skin diver who
appeared in the television series “Sea Hunt” with Lloyd Bridges.

Jim Wynne, invented Volvo Penta’s aquamatic drive, and was named the most influential person in the motor boat
industry in the 20th Century according to a ranking in the highly regarded Motor Boat & Yachting.

The Volvo Penta “Aquamatic Drive”, which was launched in 1959, is according to Motor Boat and Yachting,
“the 20th Century’s single most important development in small-craft technology, which made the mass production of
cheap, fast, inboard sports boats possible.”

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JOHN IDDON

Dear Members and friends 

You have probably all heard by now of the sad passing of our founder John Iddon….without whose foresight our club would not have come into existence.. John was adamant that the club would lead the way back to powerboating as we knew it in the 60’s 70’s and 80’s…with friendship and sportsmanship at its heart…how sad that just recently his wish seems to be on the verge of becoming fact again…..John was powerboating …he built them , raced them and scrutineered them .  He knew the sport inside out …one of the back room boys so often overlooked…we have lost a good friend and mentor…

FUNERAL DETAILS

The Late John.K.Iddon.
As many of you will have heard, John Iddon passed away last Sunday morning, 5th November, peacefully at home, aged 90.
I now have details for his funeral, which will take place on WEDNESDAY, 6th DECEMBER at 1245hours.
The Funeral is to be at The East Hampstead Crematorium, South Road, Nine Mile Ride (B3430), WOKINGHAM, RG40 3DW
Following the cremation, the wake will be held nearby at East Hampstead Conference Centre, off Peacock Lane, WOKINGHAM,
RG40 3DF
 All are welcome …lets give him a hero’s farewell…
Mike James
Vice President  COPC
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