A former Matlock man died after falling overboard in a cross-Channel race.
Yachtsman Christopher Reddish, 46, fell from his boat ten miles off the coast of Selsey Bill while taking part in the Morgan Cup Race between Cowes in the Isle of Wight and Cherbourg in France, on Friday, June 17.
His brother Michael said: “We are absolutely devastated and still trying to come to terms with this sudden, tragic loss. Family was everything to Chris and we just can’t believe that we’ve lost him.
“He was happy, he was reaching the height of his career and he was doing what he loved. We must take as much comfort from that as we can.”
Mr Reddish, who has a 21-year-old son Alex, was brought up in Matlock, where his parents Alan and Elsie, still live.
He attended All Saints School and Ernest Bailey Grammar School and was the first member of Matlock’s Boys’ Brigade to achieve the Queen’s Badge, the highest honour possible.
Mr Reddish trained at Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth and served on various warships, rising to the rank of Lieutenant Commander. His final posting of his naval career was as Principal Warfare Officer on HMS Invincible.
He was an experienced sailor and participated in the Fastnet race twice, raced across the Atlantic from the Canaries to the Caribbean and scaled both Mont Blanc and Mount Kilimanjaro. His other interests included cooking and rock climbing.
His funeral will take place at Matlock Methodist United Reformed Church on Monday, July 11, at 2pm.