It is with much sadness that I have to inform you that Ted Jefferies has passed away. He was a highly regarded member of Frensham Pond Sailing Club for many years and a good friend to one and all.
Ted Jefferies was a long standing member of FPSC, having sailed several dinghies at the Club, but principally enjoyed a long association with the GP14 Class, sailing his own GP14 and, for many years, as crew for Simon Millar, this combination winning many Summer and Winter Class series together. Ted was also involved in many aspects of FPSC, having been Bar Manager in the early 90's and very committed to assisting the Sailability group over the years. Ted sadly retired from the club in 2015 due to ill health.
Over an extended 25 year period, Ted played a key role in the very successful development of disabled sailing at Frensham Pond. Back in the early 1980's, Ted Bonner, ably supported by Ted Jefferies and a few other Club members, started disabled sailing at Frensham via Farnham & District Sports Association for the Disabled ('FDSAD').
Building on the success of FDSAD and a £250k site accessibility project, Frensham Pond Sailability in its current form was launched in 2001. Ted continued to be a very active and core volunteer helper for Sailability, concentrating on shore and jetty work. For over 10 years he filled the important role of Bosun, maintaining Sailability's growing fleet of accessible boats. Ted was a classic volunteer helper; knowledgeable, always helpful and liked by all Sailability helper and sailor members.
Our condolences to Ted's family and friend for their sad loss.
Many thanks to Simon Millar, Jon Denyer, Brian Grimwood and Pat Cushing for sharing their memories.