Newport, RI – The Sailing Yacht Research Foundation (SYRF) is deeply saddened to hear the news of the passing of Terry Kohler, one of the earliest, most generous and enthusiastic supporters of SYRF. We extend our sincere condolences to Terry’s wife Mary, daughter Leslie, and the entire family. In addition to the personal sense of loss that we feel, Terry’s generosity and leadership will be missed in our close-knit community of performance sailing.
Terry’s technical background and passion for sailing gave him a profound appreciation of the importance of applying science to help improve performance and safety in the sport. His generous support of research such as the MIT Pratt Project, numerous wind tunnel and tank tests conducted around the world, and continuing today with the current projects supported by SYRF has allowed the sport to benefit by gaining a better understanding of the performance of racing yachts.
“We look forward to carrying on with Terry’s legacy,” says Steve Benjamin, Chairman of SYRF. “His enthusiasm was an inspiration to us all. I have no doubt that the work he has supported through SYRF will continue to benefit future generations who have the same passion he had for the sport.”