Samuel D. Hock

Samuel D. Hock Well Known Bay Area Sailboat Racer Dies at 84 A popular S.F. Bay sailboat racer and long time member of the Sausalito Yacht Club, died after a long illness. Sam leaves Sue, his wife of 50 years, sons, Mike and Luke, daughter-in-law, Camden, granddaughters Emma and Lily Hock, and his daughter and son-in-law, Stephanie and Mike Magruder. Sam's boat, JOSE CUERVO a J 105, was a familiar sight at bay races, winning 1st in his one design fleet in 1999 in the St. Francis Big Boat Series. His most famous race was the Honolulu Kenwood Cup in which his boat was left behind on the dock by the freighter in Oakland, CA. To make the race on time, the shipper flew Jose Cuervo to Honolulu on a chartered Russian satellite transport plane. Sam and his crew made it to the regatta with one hour to spare and ultimately came in third overall. The BBS and the Kenwood cup experience were the greatest sailing thrills of his life. Sam was born in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, where he learned to sail, but spent his boyhood on a ranch in Longmont, Colorado. He moved to Sausalito in 1959 where he practiced Real Estate for 50 years. He served on the Sausalito School Board for 13 years and diligently served on the Sausalito Youth sailing board for many years. Besides sailing, Sam loved to ski, and travel the world. Sam was also a man who loved his family, Sausalito, the cabin at Pinecrest, sailing with his good friends, and being of service to those in need. He will be dearly missed by all those that knew and loved him. In lieu of gifts, the family requests donations be made to Sausalito Youth Sailing, 1001 Bridgeway #906, Sausalito, CA 94965. A memorial will be held on January 21st, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. at the Sausalito Yacht Club.

Published in Marin Independent Journal on Jan. 14, 2013