IWA is very sorry to hear, via the Royal Yachting Association, of the passing of British windsurfing Olympian Howard Plumb, who has succumbed to injuries sustained in a cycling accident in West Sussex over the weekend.[more]

The 42-year-old, who lived in Westbourne, represented Great Britain in the Mistral event at the Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games where he finished 24th.

Mr Plumb is understood to have suffered serious head injuries following a collision with a car in Charlton, near Chichester, on Saturday 5 July and was taken to St George’s Hospital in London by air ambulance but later succumbed to his injuries.

RYA Racing Manager and Performance Director John Derbyshire commented: “Howard was a talented windsurfer who represented his country at the 1996 Olympics, the highest level.

“He will be remembered for his disposition which endeared him to all that he met as a genuinely likeable man, who turned his passion for competitive windsurfing into another physical sport, cycling, which he enjoyed immensely. Those that he touched will miss him enormously.”

The IWA joins the RYA and the Olympic sailing family in extending our thoughts and deepest sympathies to Mr Plumb’s family and friends.

Members of the windsurfing and sailing fraternity wishing to make contact with Mr Plumb’s family are requested to do so via lucy.green@rya.org.uk in the first instance.