Boating Business | Simon Russell, aka Fumesy, dies of COVID

SIMON RUSSELL, AKA FUMESY, DIES OF COVID

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07 Jan 2021

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Simon Russell has died suddenly. Photo; Sportsboat World

INDUSTRY DATABASE

SPORTSBOAT WORLD

Simon Russell, known as Fumesy, has passed away suddenly after contracting COVID.

Simon worked in the marine industry for more than 25 years, most recently as a director of Sportsboat World, manufacturer and worldwide distributor of the British-built, one-design keelboat SB20.

His marine industry career also included working for ten years for Jack Holt in the early 2000’s as technical sales manager selling marine dinghy and keelboat hardware to the UK boat builders and after that 11 years for Musto as corporate sales manager selling clothing to race teams around the world.

He joined Sportsboat World as director in 2018.

Simon grew up in the Cotswolds in Gloucestershire and began his sailing career on nearby lakes and gravel pits, encouraged by his parents.

Larger boats

In the late 70s, Simon’s parents moved on to larger boats and he and his family began racing a mini tonner around Plymouth Sound. The boats became bigger still and Simon’s sailing moved to the Hamble and the Solent.

A move to the South Coast was the next logical step and from the late 80s onwards, Simon spent as much time as he could racing in sailing events around the UK and the world.

His sailing achievements include J24 national champion, Melges 24 national, European and world champion, Mumm 30 European champion, Etchells national, European and twice World champion, ISAF bronze medallist and three times XOD Captain’s Cup winner and member of the British Admiral’s Cup team.

Outside of sailing, Simon enjoyed classic cars, clay shooting and walking.

He leaves behind his wife Audrey, daughters Marcie and Lucie, his parents, sister Amanda and his many friends.

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