Tourism officials express condolences on passing of yachting icon

The Minister of Tourism Lindsay Grant, as well as the Tourism Authority, offered condolences and sympathies to the family of Walwyn, a past Commodore of the St. Kitts Yacht Club.

Rescue-of-WalwynBritish sourced reports indicate that Philip Walwyn died while crossing the Atlantic in Kate, a 40-foot yacht, which he built himself to a 1908 design. The empty boat was spotted off the coast of fishing village Coverack, Cornwall, England. He was found in the water and transported to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Police authorities are “not treating the death as suspicious”, according to the British source, but investigators want to know how Walwyn ended up in the water.

According to the St. Kitts Tourism Authority, Walwyn “made an invaluable contribution to the Tourism Industry when he was the owner of Rawlin’s Plantation, which he managed as a hotel before he sold the property in 1989”.

“We all give thanks to Mr. Walwyn, and our prayers go out to his widow, Kate Spencer, our very own treasured artist,” the Tourism Authority expressed.

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