Page 1 of 4 1234 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 32

Thread: Jim Baerselman

  1. #1
    Join Date
    May 2001
    Location
    'ang on a mo, I'll just take some bearings
    Posts
    27,581

    Default Jim Baerselman

    Those of you with a longer memory will remember JimB who was frequent contributor here.

    I'm sad to say he is no longer with us, his funeral was held yesterday.

    Jim started out in the RAF, and graduated to become a test pilot, heavily involved in the development of the Harrier. Subsequently he led a multinational team that masterminded the design of the Tornado cockpit.

    On leaving flying he started a dinghy sailing school in Greece, which morphed into one of the first flotilla sailing operations, Falcon. Other operators were absorbed and it became Sovereign Sailing. When Jim was ready to retire from the business it was bought by Barrie Neilson and continues today under Barry's name. Jim also served as Marketing Director of Brookes and Gatehouse, and was instrumental in the launch of the Yeoman Plotter.

    Jim spent over 10 years as owner of an Oyster 406, which he sailed from the UK to the Med, enjoying a liveaboard life style. When he eventually sold the boat he bought a holiday home in the Peloponnese and started his website: http://www.jimbsail.info: A Sailor's Cruising Guide for Europe. The website is still up - his last entry reads "That's all for now folks!".

    Jim was for many years a stalwart of the Cruising Association serving on several committees, as well as a spell as a member of Council - effectively a board member.

    He will be missed.
    Last edited by Twister_Ken; 08-05-19 at 11:14.
    Next time, it'll all be different.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Location
    S.W. France
    Posts
    7,272

    Default Re: Jim Baerselman

    He will be missed, always helpful and informative.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    Atlantic
    Posts
    18,873

    Default Re: Jim Baerselman

    A real Gent. RIP.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    Berkshire, UK
    Posts
    2,638

    Default Re: Jim Baerselman

    Thanks for that sad news. I had used the http://www.jimbsail.info web site but did not know Jim's backstory.

    The name of Falcon rang a bell, and I find I have a "Cruising Guide & Log" under that name from a holiday ca. 1980. Including a sticker on a Crawford Perry invoice saying that they were to merge with Chancery Travel to form Falcon. I don't think I was aware of Sovereign Sailing.

    Mike.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Location
    UK, Greece and Spain
    Posts
    22,499

    Default Re: Jim Baerselman

    Nice chap, always helpful, my first flotilla holiday was with Falcon back in the 1980's - a good experience

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Feb 2017
    Posts
    59

    Default Re: Jim Baerselman

    Quote Originally Posted by mjcoon View Post
    Thanks for that sad news. I had used the http://www.jimbsail.info web site but did not know Jim's backstory.

    The name of Falcon rang a bell, and I find I have a "Cruising Guide & Log" under that name from a holiday ca. 1980. Including a sticker on a Crawford Perry invoice saying that they were to merge with Chancery Travel to form Falcon. I don't think I was aware of Sovereign Sailing.

    Mike.
    Likewise, I didn't know Jim's background but love his website and so often found his comments scattered on forums or was led to his site by Google when the geek in me was researching our early bareboat forays into the Med. RIP

  7. #7
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Cambridge, UK
    Posts
    5,918

    Default Re: Jim Baerselman

    A shame; he was an excellent contributor to this forum.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    Sailing the Aegean
    Posts
    820

    Default Re: Jim Baerselman

    Quote Originally Posted by AntarcticPilot View Post
    A shame; he was an excellent contributor to this forum.
    Very sad news. I can only reiterate the feelings of others. I find folk with this much experience are very rarely replaced. Rest in peace JB.

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Jan 2003
    Location
    in limbo at the mo.
    Posts
    7,542

    Default Re: Jim Baerselman

    It is many years ago since I exchanged correspondence with Jim, a genuine nice person, RIP Jim.

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    Scotland.
    Posts
    13,956

    Default Re: Jim Baerselman

    Sad news indeed, he was interesting when it came to things about legislation, tax and stuff in the Med ports. He appeared to be a reliable source of information.

    Thanks Twister_Ken for the short eulogy.
    "'...contradictions .... are deliberate exercises in doublethink." Orwell from 1984

Page 1 of 4 1234 LastLast

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

Latest YBW News

Find Boats For Sale

to
to