Passing of Mick Marshall
Saddened as we were by the passing of Tony Prince on Sunday 16th March it is with an equally heavy heart we share the news that Mick Marshall passed away that very same day.
Mick was a superb helmsman and boat builder, furnishing many of the top sailors of the 60’s and 70’s with Enterprises that were known for their speed and build quality.
If you were lucky enough to own a Marshall Enterprise then you could be forgiven for feeling you had an advantage over your fellow competitors. Unfortunately you had to be capable of sailing yours as well as Mick could sail his but very few were able to do so.
I grew up surrounded by wooden plaques and trophies because my father, Graham Sargent, crewed for Mick during the late 60’s and early 70’s, when the Championship fleets ranged from 150 to 200.
In the very first World Championships of 1970 Mick helmed them to 3rd overall.
In the 1966 National Championships they scored two 1st’s, two 2nd’s and two RTD’s. Retiring on one occasion through suffering a broken halyard, when lying 3rd. On the other occasion they were caught port and starboard, despite no one making any call or protest, Mick felt the only correct thing to do was retire immediately.
After a period in 470’s in the mid 70’s Mick stopped dinghy racing but the 1986 Enterprise World championships, in Looe, lured him back out to play, claiming the Grand Master title like he had never been away.
Mick was always keen to share his insight with the then youngsters like myself and in his later years he was never short of stories to share.
Whenever we raced in Looe we knew Mick was watching from his home in Plaidy, if you saw him afterwards he would always share some morsel of the race with you.