• Owner Of Pursuit Passes After Falling From His Vessel

    SF Bay lost one of it's unique yachtsman, 92 year old Ron MacAnnan, long time Sausalito sailor and businessman
    tragically fell from his beloved 82' M'Class Sloop, Pursuit and drowned.

    A roomful of friends gathered Friday night at the Sausalito Yacht Club to say farewell to one of the town’s most colorful characters.

    He was Ron MacAnnan, a wealthy businessman who owned a classic 82-foot yacht, always drove an old truck and was famous for both his frugality and his generosity.
    MacAnnan died March 2 after he fell overboard from his yacht Pursuit and drowned in Sausalito Yacht Harbor. He was 92.
    “We’ve lost one of the greatest guys in Sausalito,” said Hank Easom, an old friend. “He was an institution.”

    About 100 people gathered to honor those who died in the attack on Pearl Harbor. A ceremony Sunday at the Coast Guard station at Port Everglades commemorated the 76th anniversary of the surprise attack that killed thousands of sailors during World War II. Seated in the front row was the guest of honor: 101-year-old Sgt. Joseph Iscovitz, who jumped up from his breakfast 76 years ago and grabbed a submachine gun as bombs dropped on the ships at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. Iscovitz is one of the last remaining Pearl Harbor survivors in South Florida.

    MacAnnan’s pride and joy was the Pursuit, which was tied up at the wooden boardwalk along Bridgeway, Sausalito's main street. The boat is a sleek wooden racing yacht built in 1929 and is a waterfront showpiece, with its wooden hull painted gleaming white and a single mast, 96 feet tall.

    The Pursuit is so big and fast it requires a crew of 12 to sail it. MacAnnan raced it in years past to Mexico and Hawaii, then brought it to Sausalito. He lived aboard for 28 years, moved ashore, then decided to sail the Pursuit again in 2010, when he was 84. He last raced the Pursuit in the Master Mariners Regatta in 2015.

    “Ron wanted to sail it again because he felt that was what the boat was meant to do,” said Oleg Harencar, who made a film about MacAnnan called “Life on the Water.”
    “It was an honor to sail on that boat with Ron” said Robert David, a frequent crew member. “It was a great sight coming in the Golden Gate with the spinnaker flying,” said Easom.

    Ronald Rowe McAnnan was born in the Napa Valley town of St. Helena in 1925, went to military school and served as a gunner on bombers in World War II.
    He became a general contractor and moved to Sausalito in 1959. One of his first jobs in town was moving a decrepit old yacht club building from the edge of the street to the edge of the bay. He mounted the structure on new pilings over the water, bought the building, and converted it to the Ondine and Trident restaurants. He owned several other Sausalito waterfront properties and at the end of his life lived in one of the town’s classic Victorian houses.

    Despite his wealth, MacAnnan always drove a 1949 truck and spent much of his time rummaging through dumpsters in search of material to salvage.
    “He was always amazed at what rich people threw away,” said Vince Maggiora, an old friend.

    MacAnnan was careful with money and drove a hard bargain. “He was little gruff sometimes and he did things his way,” Easom said, “but he had a heart of gold.”
    MacAnnan had health problems in recent years, and used a walker to get around. But he still insisted on going to his boat every day to work on maintenance projects.
    MacAnnan is survived by his wife, Carol, of Sausalito.

    At the end of the service Friday, his friends offered a final sailor’s toast: “To Ron. Fair winds and following seas.”
    Carl Nolte SF Gate

    From Kimball Livingstone's article in Marin Magazine

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