March 08, 2017
Thank you to Jim Farmer for the following: We were recently saddened by the news of the death of Linda Tillman on February 28 in Florida. She was a super person and, with her husband, Dick, a huge force behind the success of the J/24 Class in the 1970s and 80s. I first met Linda and Dick at a regatta in Jacksonville, Florida in 1986. I was new to sailing and the J/24 Class and wanted to start a fleet at our local sailing club. Linda was the person who helped me with my project. She always greeted me with that big smile and welcoming attitude. She made all of us feel as though our questions were the most important. I never heard her complain although I am sure she had the opportunity after dealing with all of us sailors! While Dick was the Executive Director, Linda ran the office and put together the Class magazine. And what a magazine it was. We all looked forward to the next edition for all the photos and race results and articles. We miss that magazine. The Class at that time grew to over 1,800 members in the USA! We owe a huge “Thank You” to her for the work she did to make the J/24 Class the best one in the world. Her big smile and positive attitude made working with her a pleasure. She was instrumental in building the early foundation of the J/24 Class. We have great memories of this fantastic person! Godspeed Linda Tillman. We will miss you. You touched many lives through sailing, and we appreciate it.