Robert Kendrick of Huntington died Nov. 25 at the age of 68.
His passion was sailing. He said racing sailboats was like a game of chess, yet more complex because the playing board was always changing.
With wife, June, and daughter Amanda, he cruised the northeast on their various sailboats, enjoying Nantucket, Provincetown, Cuttyhunk and points in between. They raced as a family in local and Long Island Sound events, in his peak participating in 50+ events a year.
A member, Club Measurer, and past director of Lloyd Harbor Yacht Club, he also served the Yacht Racing Association of Long Island Sound from 1981 to 2017, as president from 2007 to 2009 and past chair of the Distance and PHRF Committees. He was a past member of Masthead Cove Yacht Club in New York and Waukegan Yacht Club in Illinois.
He captained his boat in the Newport Bermuda Race, in both 2000 and 2002. He was looking forward to doing it again in 2018. His last sail was with his family in July, where it gave him great joy to overtake a long-time competitor in the final leg of an evening pursuit race.
Memorial donations honoring Bob may be made to Rocking the Boat (rockingtheboat.org) and Give Classy (https://give.classy.org/Kendrick), which teaches boat building and life skills to youth in the South Bronx.
Visitation at M.A. Connell Funeral Home in Huntington on Saturday, 2-4p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Words of remembrance at 8pm.