A talented small boat sailor throughout his early years winning several championships, Matt was part of the inaugural intake of the CYCA Youth Sailing Academy in 1993 and represented the club in the first youth academy team the CYCA sent to participate in the Youth Match Racing World Championship in New Zealand and remained part of the team for the following three years with much success.
Matt went on to sail with many CYCA members both in Australia and overseas to great success, including Neil Whiston on Fruit Machine, Richard Perini on Corinthian and Evolution and Guido Belgiorno-Nettis on Transfusion, as well as for many years as part of the Vanguard crew with Dick Cawse.
He was also part of the CYCA Race Management Team which played a pivotal role in staging the 2000 Olympic Regatta on Sydney Harbour.
Our deepest sympathy is extended to Matt’s family, particularly his daughter Jade, as well as his close friends of which he had many.
With sailing friendships of more than thirty years, Matt was a great mate to all who sailed with him; he will be sadly missed.
A funeral service will be held at 11am on Monday 20 August at St. Luke’s Anglican Church, 17 Burton Street, Concord, followed by a celebration of Matt’s life at the CYCA 1pm to 4pm.