Eight Bells: Peter Christie

Published on February 21st, 2018

Bahamian sailing icon, the infamous William McPherson Peter Christie passed away February 18. Affectionately known by so many as Uncle Peter, he was a true legend in every respect, and was loved and admired by those fortunate enough to know him.

A gentleman, a big-hearted family man, a successful businessman, and avid sportsman, he was a lover of life and inspiration to many. For the majority of his 88 years, Peter eagerly embraced sports of all kinds and was a real enthusiast, from watching rugby at the Winton Rugby field on a Saturday, to racing horses, playing racquet sports, and skiing.

Yet no passion proved greater than that of his love for sailing, and for our sailing community – local and international – the loss of Uncle Peter delivers quite a blow.

Peter’s extensive sailing experience led him to represent The Bahamas for many years in major international events including the Olympic Games, Pan American Games, CAC Games, and Snipe World Championships.

In the “big” boats, Peter sailed with his extended family and close friends in almost every ‘Regatta Time In Abaco’ event since its inception – 39 out of the 40 years it has run; not to mention the many times he competed in the Miami to Nassau Ocean Race, Key West Race Week, and Charleston Race Week.

Through his love of racing and competitive sportsmanship, Uncle Peter proved to be a wonderful role model and always welcomed the opportunity to share his knowledge with many a fellow sailor. He will forever be remembered for his many contributions and unending support of the sailing community in The Bahamas and abroad.

As his son-in-law, Tony Wallas, said:
“But his sailor’s soul’s now,
Sailing on some celestial sea,
If he needs another crew member,
I hope he’s saved a place for me.”

Source: Bahamas Sailing Association

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