John Flanders died on 10th August 2017 in St Mary’s Hospital, IoW, aged 95 years. John was an XOD legend, sailing regularly for over 20 years at Yarmouth, racing against the great names, like Harold Hayles and Harry Minchin. His first XOD was X37 Ariel bought in 1966, followed by X138 Spray in 1968, then X143 Skiffle in 1977, before teaming up with the Le Marchant family in X165 Tortoise in 1984. During all of his campaigns with his Xs, he repeatedly won every trophy that Yarmouth had to offer and won most of the Cowes Week collection of Class trophies as well.
He last appearance in an XOD was in the early 2000’s when he showed his talent had not waned, as he won the Three Generations race at Poole along with son, Michael, and grandson. During the XOD Centenary celebrations in Cowes Week 2011, John was the Yarmouth Division’s nominee to be introduced to HRH The Princess Royal and was able to watch the Centenary race start from the Squadron line. John will be sadly missed at Yarmouth, where he was a member of the Royal Solent Yacht Club for 80 years. John’s son Michael has continued the family’s association with the X Class, sailing X75 Delight in Yarmouth and X51 Athena in Parkstone for many years and being elected XOD Class Captain from 2003-2006.
A service of Celebration for the life of John Flanders will be held at St James Church, Yarmouth, IoW on Thursday 26th October at 3 pm and afterwards at the Royal Solent Yacht Club, Yarmouth.