Al Molloy

Eight Bells Al Molloy

It is with an extremely heavy heart that I announce the passing of Al Molloy on Friday, March 29, 2024.

Al purchased his beloved Ranger 22, Blown Away, in the early 1980s. He joined the Royal Hamilton Yacht Club in 1999 and brought Blown Away to the club. Al loved racing his boat and collected many yellow flags over the years while club racing and at regattas all over the lake. Al took on the responsibilities of Vice Commodore Yachting at RHYC in the early 2000s. During his term as VC, Al was able to successfully merge club racing with the Burlington Sailing and Boating Club. Many years later, RHYC and BS&BC continue to race together twice a week. He was the RHYC Chief PHRF Measurer and Handicapper from about 2018 until he passed the torch onto Mick Belisario. He has been a patient and supportive mentor to Mick and assistant measurer Mark Passmore. Al loved to be able to race against other Ranger 22s, but he had the only one in the club. He began to build his fleet by purchasing one Ranger at a time, bringing them back to RHYC, and selling them to members who would watch the transom of Blown Away each race night. In his peak Al had built a fleet of six Rangers. This was enough to have his own Ranger 22 fleet. All six of them were docked in the inner basin on the dock now known as “Ranger Row”. This fleet generated VC Yachting David Vollans, club scorer extraordinaire John Rispoli and a new “Best Overall” trophy winner in the Non-Flying Sails fleet Tony Van Schie. Al was always happy to help out the other Rangers in any way he could, except beating him across the finish line. The names Al Molloy and Blown Away will forever be etched into trophies on display at RHYC. One particular trophy that Al was proud to have his name on was the Evergreen trophy presented by Don Green to the boat that raised the highest amount of money in the Easter Seals Regattas. Al was unable to attend the awards banquet in 2023 in person, but was awarded the Dedication Wheel for outstanding long service at RHYC. Al, with Nancy at his side, accepted the award graciously on Zoom before a room full of members from RHYC on their feet, applauding. Al took great pride in supporting our community by personally delivering turkeys and chickens from the annual Bill Cheek Memorial Turkey Regatta to those in need at the Mission Services on James Street. Al was the type of person who would always be willing to lend a hand to anyone in need. It didn’t matter if it was tuning your rig or working on your boat motor or your car, Al was your guy! Every time Al helped with anything, he would always explain what he was doing and why. The professor in him came out every time, even after he retired from Mohawk College after 41 years. In the summer of 2023 Al was lucky enough to marry his long-time partner and best friend of 25 years, Nancy Molloy, who was by his side with love to the end. Al and Nancy enjoyed as much of the summer as they could in 2023 on their new powerboat, appropriately named Ranger. Al leaves behind many, many friends he made over the years at the Royal Hamilton Yacht Club and will be missed by all. Rest easy, Mr. Molloy, knowing that you earned the love and respect of everyone at RHYC for many years. Fair winds, our friend.

A private family ceremony will take place in the coming days. A celebration of life will take place at the Royal Hamilton Yacht Club on June 2nd, 2024, 2 - 4 pm.

Chris McCormack Commodore

The Royal Hamilton Yacht Club