Vice Patron Bruce Campbell OAM
Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club is sad to acknowledge the passing of Vice Patron Bruce Campbell OAM. Bruce was a member of Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club for 51 years since joining in 1963.
In his early Club life Bruce was a keen and active sailor both on the Swan River and offshore and owned several successful racing yachts – Celta, Sitka, Farrawa and Adams Rib – in which he achieved many notable successes including competing in the Sydney to Hobart Race on two occasions in 1977 and 1979.
Bruce was elected to the Club Committee in 1970 and served on several sub-committees, all of which led to his election as Commodore in 1980, a position in which he served two terms. Bruce was instrumental in securing the Club's financial future through his leadership. The capital upgrades, expansion and increases in membership, members' services and sailing programs were unprecedented at the time, and undoubtedly lay the foundations for the Club’s future success.
Following Bruce's time as Commodore, he continued his close association with offshore sailing. In 1977 Bruce established the Farrawa Cup, a series of offshore races conducted by Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club and he supported this series since its inception.
Bruce greatly facilitated the relationship between the Club and the military over many years. His involvement with the Royal Australian Artillery Association saw the restoration of many important historical artillery pieces with some on display within the Club's grounds.
Bruce was also heavily involved with what is now known as Yachting Western Australia, holding the office of President from 1984 to 1986. He was made a Life Member of that organisation in 1998 for his services to yachting in Western Australia. For his many contributions to the Club, Bruce was made a Life Member in 1991 and was elected as a Vice Patron in 1999.
Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club owes a debt of gratitude for the life and involvement of Bruce Campbell OAM, who will be greatly missed.