Nigel Hugh Peck AM - DBYC Commodore-in-Chief 20-11-1927 to 1-4-2017
Nigel's grandfather founded Davey’s Bay Yacht Club in 1909, which meant Nigel was born with salt in his blood. As a grandson of one of the founders of Davey’s Bay Yacht Club, and a son of a keen sailor, Nigel grew up around the Club, but was told he couldn’t sail until he could swim 100 yards. Thus he learnt to swim in order to go sailing. (To read more about the early Peck history click here)
Nigel sailed many classes at DBYC including Gwen 12’s before settling on a Flying Fifteen in 1971 crewing in a boat called “Tempest”. In 1991 Nigel presented the Tempest Trophy to FFIA which is awarded to third place overall in the Australian FF15 Championship. As a competitive sailor he believed his finest sailing was as part of Australian teams at FF15 World Championships. He was President of FFIA in 1984-86 and 1990-1992. Flying Fifteen International recognised Nigel’s contribution in 2009 when he was awarded one of the inaugural Uffa Fox Medals.
His name appears frequently on Honour Boards at the Club, more frequently than anyone else. (See below for a listing of Nigel's DBYC honours and awards)
Nigel was always active at DBYC across many decades. He was a Life Member and the only person to have held the office of Commodore on two separate occasions - 1966-1968 and again in 1982-1984. In 2010, Nigel was appointed Commodore-in-Chief - an honour of which he was immensely proud.
Nigel’s other contributions have been enormous and almost immeasurable. As a result of some land purchases and resale, DBYC was able to set up a Future Fund which provides for capital expenses in ensuring years. DBYC was the first sporting club in Australia to create such a fund. Contributions to the new jetty, concreting of the FF15 yard, new cranes, the Arthur Peck start boat, training rooms and clubhouse refurbishment, service yard walls and concreting, and the Museum with the Marguerite are just some of the projects which wouldn’t have happened without Nigel, and make sailing at Davey’s Bay so special. In addition to his contribution to DBYC and sailing, Nigel was a highly successful businessman and a generous philanthropist. In 1968 he founded NHP which has grown to be a significant player in the commercial electrical industry. (For more detail on the NHP story - click here)
He was a fine sailor, a fine contributor and a fine man.
The Club offers its sincere condolences to Patricia and the extended Peck family.
His legacy will sail on.
Obituary courtesy of Peter Manger (DBYC Commodore) and the Flying 15 Association of Australia
Nigel Peck's DBYC Achievements Life Member Commodore: 1966-1968 & 1982-1984 Season Aggregate Champion - 4 times: 1956 – 1958, 1962 (partnered with AJ Peck) Davey’s Bay Cup – 1957 Arthur Peck Memorial Cup – 13 times: 1950-52, 1957-60, 1962, 1965, 1970, 1996-98 (partnered with AJ and AH Peck) Easter Cup – 2 times: 1967 & 1988 Harold Grimwade Memorial Cup: 1971 Sir John Madden Trophy (sternchaser) – 4 times: 1964, 1986, 1997, 1998 Jack Mann Trophy Championship (Sharpie Class) – 7 times: 1956-62