The Australian Sharpie is a highly competitive yet social class with a long history of attracting and developing champion sailors

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Rolly Tasker 1926-2012

Rolly Tasker 1926 - 2012

One of the great members and contributors to sailing has died aged 86, Rolly Tasker passed away last Friday in his Mandurah home. Rolly was a local legend in the local sailing community and a silver medalist in the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games in the 12m2 Sharpie Class . 

Rolly was inducted into WA's Hall of Champions in 1986 and the Sport Australian Hall of Fame in 1996. In 1956 he won a silver medal sailing a Sharpie at the Melbourne Games, soon after he won the first world championship in the Flying Dutchman class. Rolly went on to win many championships in his dinghy career before moving to ocean racing. Between 1969 and 1985 his yachts, all called Siska, dominated the competition on the west coast. Rolly became a Member of the Order of Australia in 2006 for his services to sailing. 

Rolly established the successful Tasker sailmaking business in North Fremantle before operating a large operation in Phuket, Thailand. In 2008 the Australian Sailing Museum was opened in Mandurah by the Taskers, the museum has since become a local tourist attraction. 

The service and Celebration of Life for Rolly will be held at 2:30 on Friday 29th June at the Christ Church Church in Claremont. The Celebration will be held at Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club in Mosman Park at 4pm. 

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