Howard Plumb

8 July 2014

The UKWA joins the RYA in expressing its grief and saddness at the news of the passing of Howard Plumb in such tragic circumstances. Our sympathy goes out to his family and friends. 

The RYA is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of British windsurfing Olympian Howard Plumb, who has succumbed to injuries sustained in a cycling accident in West Sussex over the weekend.

The 42-year-old, who lived in Westbourne, represented Great Britain in the Mistral event at the Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games where he finished 24th.

Mr Plumb is understood to have suffered serious head injuries following a collision with a car in Charlton, near Chichester, on Saturday 5 July and was taken to St George's Hospital in London by air ambulance but later succumbed to his injuries.

RYA Racing Manager and Performance Director John Derbyshire commented: “Howard was a talented windsurfer who represented his country at the 1996 Olympics, the highest level.

“He will be remembered for his disposition which endeared him to all that he met as a genuinely likeable man, who turned his passion for competitive windsurfing into another physical sport, cycling, which he enjoyed immensely. Those that he touched will miss him enormously.”

The RYA and the Olympic sailing family extend their thoughts and deepest sympathies to Mr Plumb’s family and friends.


Members of the windsurfing and sailing fraternity wishing to make contact with Mr Plumb’s family are requested to do so via in the first instance.