by Richard Crockett
Most yachties know Dave Hudson in person, or from reputation, as not only being an exceptionally talented and deep-thinking yachtsman, but a thoroughly good guy too.
The April 1982 issue of SA Yachting carried an interview with Hudson after he was named Yachtsman of the Year. The introductory blurb read as follows:
“Dave Hudson, the Aeolians skipper who has been capped more times for his country than any other South African sailor, was been made Yachtsman of the Year for 1981.
“The 35-year-old dinghy specialist, who holds three national titles in the Sprog, Fireball and FD classes, received his award at the annual meeting of the South African Ya cht Racing Association at the Victoria lake Club on March 5.
“Last year, Hudson established two firsts when he was awarded his Colours for the FD World Championships in Spain. It was the second time he had received Colours that year. In doing so he became the first South African yachtsman to achieve the distinction of being capped twice in one year.
“With five caps to his credit, he has been awarded Springbok Colours more times than any other South African helmsman; in 1971, ’78, ’80 and twice last year.
“Hudson, a yachtsman of undoubted distinction, still says he faces his biggest challenge in the next 18 months.”
READ THE INTERVIEW HERE: hudson interview – 1982 04 – SA Yachting – OCR