The sad news has arrived that the great artist and friend of the Galway Hookers, Ric O'Reilly, has passed away this afternoon. He reaffirmed his love for the Connemara sailing community when I met him last weekend, and left this world very content with his life. Our community will definitely miss his ever impressive art and his geniality at the Roundstone Regatta each summer. Your sails have been lowered, and this boat has found its harbour.