YACHT DESIGNER DON PYE DIES
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28 Aug 2019
Don Pye has died aged 93. Pic: Holman & Pye
HOLMAN & PYE
Yacht designer Don Pye has died aged 93 following a heart attack.
Don partnered with Kim Holman in 1964 and the pair formed Holman & Pye, designing yachts for several production yards including Bowman, Wauquiez, Seamaster, Hustler and Oyster.
The company had a close relationship with Oyster and the boatbuilder’s founder Richard Matthews designing the UFI 34 and other UFO models before the first Oyster branded yacht – the Oyster 37 – in 1978.
Today around 5,000 yachts designed by Holman & Pye are still sailing around the world – and winning races – including six Rustler 36s that took part in the 2018 Golden Globe race around the world for amateur sailors.