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Jerry Thompson

1939 - 2015
Jerry Thompson Obituary

Jerry Thompson, a Southern California champion sailor of international acclaim, passed away peacefully at his Long Beach home on December 20 after several years of battling cancer.

In 1952 and 1953, he was Junior National Champion of the Naples Sabot class and in 2005 he won the Sabot Masters Championship. He won the Lido 14 Nationals in 2012 with his girlfriend, Mandi Smith. Jerry was a long time distinguished member of Alamitos Bay Yacht Club and he served as Commodore of the club in 1971.

Jerry's sailing resume will best be remembered for his time in the Snipe Class. He sailed his first Snipe in Alamitos Bay at the age of 13 and later qualified for the prestigious Snipe Western Hemisphere Championship in Bermuda at age 17 where he placed fourth. Since that time, Jerry has sailed in multiple World, Western Hemisphere, North American, and US National Championships. In 1975, he was North American Champion and in 1988 he served as Commodore of the Snipe Class International Racing Association. His Snipe career extended into the Masters circuit where he was a seven time US National Champion. He was a true Corinthian who earned the admiration and respect of sailors worldwide for his sailing skills, camaraderie, and boyish pranks. The Snipe class mission statement is "Serious Sailing, Serious Fun." Nobody lived that motto more than Jerry Thompson.

Jerry is survived by his brother, Lee Thompson, his son Brad Thompson, his daughter-in-law Mary Thompson, and granddaughters Hailey and Samantha Thompson. A celebration of Jerry's life will be held on his birthday on January 30 at 2 pm at Alamitos Bay Yacht Club.

Donations may be made in Jerry's memory to the ABYC Junior Program, the Snipe US Perpetual Fund, and the .
Published in Gazette Newspapers on Jan. 15, 2015
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