Peter Phillipps

Peter Phillipps, husband of Jeanette, father of Loch, Ben, Bea (Beach Bennett) and Christy (all with his first wife Gay Nelson of West Tisbury), and since 1962, the owner and skipper of the 50 foot, 90 year old Alden schooner VOYAGER, passed away from a pulmonary embolism in Maine on Sunday, December 19. He and VOYAGER, accompanied by family and friends -- always lots of kids, their friends and other family -- sailed many thousands of ocean miles -- along our coast, to the Canadian Maritimes, the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, and about twenty years ago Pete embarked with Jeanette on a leisurely circumnavigation. Over the years VOYAGER was rebuilt in Nova Scotia and then again in Thailand during the circumnavigation. There is particularly lovely Benjamin Mendlowitz photo of VOYAGER anchored off Moorea, French Polynesia during the passage through the Pacific -- a group of friends chatting in the cockpit. He and Jeanette cleared in to the United States at the WoodenBoat Show in Mystic several years ago and, having bought a piece of property in Rockland, built a house overlooking Penobscot Bay -- with VOYAGER on a mooring nearby. Pete was by training, an architect and college professor, but his family, VOYAGER and sailing remained the central focus of his life.

[corrected 24 January 2011]