Why do certain things happen? Why do certain things that make us feel so bad insist on disturbing our lives and disrupting our emotions? Why, why and why, can be forever and constantly asked and we will never get a proper answer. Hans, being the special person you have always been, we will always remember you with particular affection.
We will remember how much you dedicated - heart and soul - to the task of selecting before the race a young and inexperienced crew and making them Sailors with a capital S. All the while knowing before everybody the answers to what you were looking for.
What a tough task, heh? Only you can know exactly how much it took of patience and talent to do it. After all you were being, at the same time, the judge, the teacher and the mate who would allow them to take part in a shared dream! One that is so big, important, significant and essential because it takes courage, knowledge, strength, dedication and sacrifice. In massive doses.
This takes a lot of passion also, isn’t it? The typical kind of passion that is a privilege of few. This kind of passion, before we know it, turns into the focal point where millions can join in in their dreams of a better life. Yes, Hans, we will always remember with particular fondness that tough and demanding period.