From Sail World 17 Oct 2012
One of Australia’s best know yacht designers Joe Adams, has been murdered in the Philippines, according to the latest wire-reports
81 year Adams was apparently killed on Sunday. His body was found by his gardener at his home in the city of Baguio, which is in Benguet Province, in the country's north.
Adams designed the 1973 record-breaking Sydney-Hobart line honours winner Helsal, was a high-profile figure within the Australian yachting community.
AAP reported today that Mr Adams lived in Sydney during his heyday as a designer but in later life moved to Port Macquarie, on NSW's mid north coast. He then moved to the Philippines and continued designing yachts before selling his business and retiring.
Sydney yacht designer Graham Radford was on board Helsal when it took the 1973 line honours and says Mr Adams mentored him in yacht design throughout the 1970s.
Some of facets of those designs are still in existence today, amongst the best known being the Adams 10 and Adams 12's.
'Joe was a great designer from back in the 1970s and I was privileged to work with him,' Mr Radford told AAP.
'... As a designer he was an excellent natural - one of the best and I was extremely fortunate that I could learn from him.'
RIP Joe Adams
SWD began in 1994 when David Pescud heard a radio interview suggesting a disabled team enter the 50th anniversary Sydney to Hobart Race that year. David’s yacht “Carpe Diem” was a 16.2m Adams-Radford design. Over the following years Carpe Diem was customised and optimised with the help of the Adams/Radford team to become one of the most competitive yachts on the East Coast of Australia from Hobart, Tas to Port Douglas, Nth Qld. She took part in the tragic 1998 Sydney to Hobart with a 9th on line honours and a Div A PHS win. She was a tough boat and a credit to the builder DP, and the designers Joe Adams and Graham Radford. RIP Joe Adams