It is with great sadness that we report that Norman Dahl has died at the age of 85.
Norman attended the Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, from 1947 and served in the Royal Navy on cruisers and destroyers, including service in Korea, before joining the Submarine Service in 1954.
On retirement from the RN in 1960, he became involved in printing, publishing, journalism and computer design, but was also an offshore racing navigator, becoming Director of Oyster World Sailing Ltd, a yacht charter company and sailing school on the East Coast. He was a RYA instructor and ocean yachtmaster and was author of the authoritative ‘Yacht Navigator’s Handbook’, published in 1983.
Norman joined the Institute in 1968, becoming a Fellow in 1987. He joined the Technical Committee in 1983 and formed the Small Craft Group in 1985, chairing the Group for its first five years. He was Institute Vice-President in 1988, becoming President from 1990 to 1993 – the first President whose primary interest in navigation was as a yachtsman and sailing instructor.
The Dahl family had moved to Australia in later years, and Norman died in Brisbane on 31 May, just six days before his 85th birthday. We pass our condolences to his wife, Jo, and family.