On Saturday 15th February, a large number of the French yachting community gathered together to celebrate the life and work of Russell Lunt. A service of remembrance was held at the St Blaise church in Valbonne, France and was attended by well over 100 friends and colleagues.
Russell, an active PYA Council member and one of the longest-standing supporters of the PYA, sadly passed away on the 20th January 2020 at the age of 75.
Born in Liverpool, UK in 1944, Russell had owned yachts since the 60’s and held a Commercially Endorsed Yachtmaster’s Certificate. In 1981, he moved to France and was Owner/Managing Director of a major company of yacht brokers in Antibes from 1985 -2006, and Secretary of the PYA for some 10 years (representing us at meetings for the European Boating Association and the UK Maritime & Coastguard Agency – MCA).
In 1993, following the introduction of UK Regulations and the related Code of Practice dealing with the operation of Charter Yachts, Russell spearheaded the adoption and implementation of the compliance work, and was a member of the MCA Steering Committee when the Code of Practice was reviewed in 2002. He wrote articles about the International Maritime Conventions (IMO and ILO), and attended meetings at the IMO as part of the UK Delegation.
In recent years, Russell was a member of the PYA’s Membership Assistance team, with many PYA members who encountered problems on board benefiting from his advice. His depth of knowledge when it came to contractual and regulatory matters was tremendous and he helped many members resolve their particular issues quickly.
All of us at the PYA mourn the loss of Russell as both a friend and colleague. He was someone who was always willing to give help and advice to those of us in the yachting industry who needed it.
Married for 40 years, he leaves behind grandchildren and his three children who all worked in yachting at some point in their lives. His two daughters now hold senior positions in the charter yacht industry.