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Philip Scully

23rd May 2012
Philip Scully

#CRUISING – Long term captain and Cork harbour yachtsman Philip Scully (55) of Crosshaven has died while on passage from Antigua in the West Indies to the UK it was reported earlier today.

The Owner of Starry Night, the well travelled Oyster 82, has advised of the sudden death on board of the long term captain Philip Scully.

According to reports, the yacht was on its way to the UK from Antigua when Philip started feeling unwell. He and the crew had full time support from Dr Spike Briggs of Medical Support Offshore Limited (MSOS) and advanced medical supplies and equipment on board. Despite this and great efforts from the crew he died in the early hours of 22nd May.

As the sad news broke at Royal Cork Yacht Club senior member Donal McClement (who is cruising in Spain) led tributes to the professional sailor. "He was a consummate professional, always careful and fastidious. Any owner who had him as a skipper had the most reliable and trustworthy guy you could possibly have".

Former Admiral Hugh Mockler spoke about Philip's love of Cork Harbour and Crosshaven in particular. "Philip always took the opportunity to sail back into Crosshaven whenever he got the chance".

The rest of the crew onboard Starry Night are well and the weather conditions are good.

The yacht is now on its way to Bermuda and relevant authorities have been informed.

Philip had connections with Irish sailing as far back as the One Ton Cup in the 1980s. He was also previously skipper of the late Bernie Cahill's Oyster yachts that were based in Schull, West Cork.


Philip Scully. Photo: Bob Bateman

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  • Comment Link Gary Clyde Moore 7th February 2013 posted by Gary Clyde Moore

    So very, very sad to hear of the unexpected passing of Phil. I had the honour of being employed by Phillip to do maintenance and repair work aboard his beloved charge 'Starry Night' in Barcelona, Spain at various times between 2000 and 2012.
    I found a him a giant amongst men, so highly adept at his craft and willing to think 'out of the box' in order to efficiently and competently reach goals. He gave me and many others i am sure, great support and opportunity and had a crafty ability to positively encourage his apprentices themselves to be adept, to believe in their own competency and be confident enough to think out of the box for their own selves in order to reach their own goals, targets and solutions. He liked a joke or two to be told around the work place too.
    A community man indeed. I am grateful to you and glad to have known you.
    I salute you Sir.

  • Comment Link Clare OGorman 22nd December 2012 posted by Clare OGorman

    Always think of Philip at Christmas in Crosshaven and how he used to light up Starry Night and the lives of all who cared for him.

  • Comment Link Ruth and Terry Ross. 28th June 2012 posted by Ruth and Terry Ross.

    We are heartbroken to learn of the death of our friend. Philip was a sailor to his core, and there is nobody we would have trusted as much while at sea. We are honoured to have known him and privileged to have sailed with him. We will always miss him.

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