Eight Bells: Sandy Martin

Published on September 10th, 2023

Andrew Robert Martin, also known by his preferred name Sandy, passed away August 19, 2023 in Newport Beach, California. He was 80 years old. Born in La Habra, California on January 2, 1943, Sandy was the beloved son of Andrew M. Martin and Patty Martin Yale.

Sandy attended La Habra High School, graduating in 1961. He then went on to pursue higher education at UCLA. Throughout his career, Sandy was involved in various ventures. He dedicated his time and efforts to the Andrew M. Martin Company, Martin West Yachts, and Western Pacific Packaging. Sandy’s dedication and hard work were evident in his professional accomplishments.

Sailing was not just a hobby for Sandy; it was a way of life. He had a deep passion for the sport and was highly involved in the sailing community.

One of Sandy’s boats was the Peterson 48 Brisa, built locally by Dennis Choate and an entry in the 1981 Transpac. This design had many sisterships that included Annabelle Lee, Amante, Plan B, and several others on the IOR racing circuits of the 1980s.

Sandy also served the sport as Commodore of the Los Angeles Yacht Club in 1993 and the Transpacific Yacht Club in 2001. His love for sailing extended beyond just racing sailboats; it was a source of joy and fulfillment for him.
In addition to sailing, Sandy enjoyed skiing, horseback riding, hunting, and fishing. These activities allowed him to connect with nature and find solace in the great outdoors.

Sandy had a vibrant personality and was loved by all who knew him with a passion for spending time with his family and friends. Sandy was an outgoing and lovable individual, always bringing joy to those around him. His presence will be deeply missed.

Sandy is survived by his first wife and partner, Nancy Martin, his daughter Jane Martin-LaCroix, his son Andrew “Drew” Martin, his daughter-in-law Lynnette Garnier Martin, and his grandsons Trey LaCroix, Christopher LaCroix, and Michael Martin-Swing. He was preceded in death by his second wife, Christina “Tina” Martin, his father Andrew M. Martin, and his mother Patty Martin Yale.

A ceremony to celebrate Sandy’s life will be held at a later date. Fair winds and following seas Sandy.

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