Despite last year being our most successful year to date as a business, it was also our saddest. This is an update to the ABOUT page on our blog, as well as a tribute to a recent, major, loss for our team. My good friend, mentor, and business partner, Sean Matthew Simmons passed away suddenly, from natural causes. He was doing one of the many hobbies he loved, riding motocross. This happened on a peaceful Sunday afternoon at the track, just a few days after his company’s 6th year anniversary in November of 2017.
In updating Sean’s rigging and sailing experience bio, I just wanted to take a few moments to write a few thoughts:
In 2004, I met Sean after a nice sail with friends on a local Wednesday night beer can race. At the time I was enamored with all things sailing; in the romance phase some might say. When I met Sean, he was guest skipper aboard the local marina owner’s race boat. He immediately gained my respect with his humble display of boating knowledge, and seamanship. At the post race ‘shindig’, I quietly overheard about the next evening’s upcoming J24 one design practice, I was immediately interested. So after a few cans of liquid courage, I walked up to him and asked…
…Without even contemplating, Sean sternly replied “why don’t you just come tomorrow then?”. That was exactly what I did. The next day we sailed his J24 (that he co-owned with his brother), Minor Threat, yes, named after the punk band. For the next few years, every Thursday, and most weekends, we sailed Minor Threat along with our other close friends and teammates, Curt and Jake, making memories whether we knew it or not. We only won a few times but always gave it our all. If you asked us, we worked harder than anyone else and this was our team mind set. Shortly after we started sailing together, Sean asked (sternly again, of course) “why don’t you come work at Chesapeake Rigging?”. The rest was history. Sean and I worked and sailed side by side for the next 13 years…
When someone like this passes away in your life, you don’t even realize how much time you spend together, until they’re gone. It was at least 40+ hours every week for 13 years. I wish I would have paid more attention. I, along with so many others, will miss him beyond words and emotion.
Sean, if you’re listening, I miss you MAN…. more than I was ever able to express.
~Rest in Peace Sean Simmons, R.I.P.S.S.~
Your Friend, Your Co-worker, Your Biking Buddy, Your J24 Crew, Your Wing-man, Your Business Partner.