30th September, 2016 
What can only be regarded as the saddest news that the NSOA could receive at any time was that of the silent passing of one of the Classes most revered Helmsmen on 27th September. 
It is with deeply sad heart that I must post this news of the bravely lost fight against cancer by Chris Hogan who slipped his moorings early on Tuesday 27th September.  
Chris had very bravely and quietly fought an impossible battle but his life was gratefully extended by some simply wonderful medical help and the support of his family and friends. 
Chris is simply the very best helmsman that this Class has had the pleasure to watch and enjoy—he was a gentleman sailor and to this day, I have yet to hear a word spoken against him and his helming ability. 
Great Squib results come only with expert crewing and indeed Mark Hogan alongside Alison and the rest of the family will only be partly consoled by the friendship and respect commanded by his family name and exuded by the Class and friends in their sad loss. 
Our Class is honoured and privileged to have had Chris as a member… EIGHT times winner of the Nationals and THREE times winner of the Inlands… plus the many uncountable other victories - Just in our class alone ... 
Let’s all just picture him at his best… that for me was in the Nationals this year at Weymouth sailing his newly refurbished “Thistle 28”.. a wonderful memory … so poorly - but fighting on to the last, he was enjoying himself … there’s also some super pictures of him holding trophies on this website. 
An impossible act to follow. 
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