470 designer dies

Tragic news from France reports Darren Dunkley-Smith

Monday September 8th 2003, Author: Darren Dunkley-Smith, Location: France
It is with great regret that the entire 470 Family and Sailing World in general records the death of the architect of the International 470, Andre Cornu.

Andre died at the age of 91 years, following a short illness on Thursday 28 August almost 40 years to the day from the launching of the very first 470. A celebration of this 40th anniversary was held just last month in Brest France were Andre's work was honoured by the 470 Family from around the World.

Andre designed many boats in his time, obviously the most famous of them being the 470 and until very recently he took an active interest in class issues and results. Andre even attended Class meetings up to his 88th birthday.

His work as a Naval Architect was recognised with the awarding of the Chevalier of
Legion of Honour, the highest French Honour possible.

In the early formation years of the 470 Association Andre worked very closely with the Association and in particular Heinz and Linda Staudt, he was always a great supporter of the association's activities both financially and in any other way possible.

The Sailing World has been enriched by Andre's work and is poorer by his loss.

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