February 12, 2020: It is with great sadness that we write to inform you of the passing of Charles “Charlie” A. Robertson last Sunday after a heroic struggle with cancer.
Charlie’s association with the Twelve Metre Class goes back to his boyhood days sailing out of City Island where he often crewed aboard Nyala (US-12) for Jerry Ford, and then later as owner of Cannonball (US-62, ex-J-5, ex KZ-5), and most recently as owner of Freedom (US-30). During the years that he owned Williams and Manchester Shipyard in Newport, RI, he also was involved in the construction of the three America II 12 Metre yachts (US-42, US-44 & US-46) and Eagle (US-60).
Charlie’s accomplishments as a leader are myriad, but he is best remembered as a devoted husband to Carol, and father of their three sons Charles, Clark, and Carter, and a great friend to many.
A memorial service for Charlie will be held on Saturday, 22 February at 11.00 am at the Congregational Church, 366 Main St., Old Saybrook, CT. All are welcome. Reception following at the Saybrook Point Inn.
Wm. H. Dyer Jones