An appreciation of Dr Angus Campbell

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The island recently suffered the sad loss of Dr Donald Angus Campbell made all the more poignant by him only retiring last December.

He came to the Island in 1981 as a partner in one of the island medical practices. As he had sailed since childhood including on Arran as a holiday maker, he rapidly joined the local RNLI Lifeboat as honorary medical advisor and crew , eventually becoming senior helmsman.

Within months he had also joined Arran Junior Sailing Club, teaching children from 11 to 18 years to sail, and Arran Yacht Club, racing dinghies and yachts. In the early 90s he took over responsibility as chief instructor for the Arran Junior Sailing Club running weekly sessions, fundraising and summer camps. During his time with the club he must have been involved in introducing and teaching over 1,200 children to  the sport of sailing.

As a yacht club member he was commodore several times and his name adorns all its trophies several times over including the Club Championship. He competed over the years in his beloved GP14 dinghy on the mainland in National Championships and in yachts with success at the Scottish Series and West Highland week .

Angus, as he was known, was a stalwart of watersport on the island gaining recognition for Arran Junior Sailing Club and Arran Yacht Club as RYA teaching establishments as well as organising national class regattas at the club. In 2015 he even set up The Arran Coastal Rowing Club  and organised the building of two St Ayles skiffs which are in constant use and compete successfully all over Scotland .

Shortly before he died he was informed that he had been put forward and was one of four coaches shortlisted for this year’s North Ayrshire Community Coach Award, for his work with Arran Junior Sailing Club.

Angus will be sorely missed by all his associated clubs and organisations for his enthusiasm and wise counsel. He was a doer and though chairman and a deputy launching authority of the lifeboat , by choice, he would have been out there manning the boat .

At this time our thoughts are with Yolly and the family as Angus moves on to where the wind always blows from behind.

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