Royal Papua Yacht Club, Life Members
Gregory Francis Sheehan was born at Kew, Victoria in 1930 and saw active service during World War II firing ink bombs at school in Sale.
A young Sheehan, fired by a deep spirit for adventure, applied for a position as a survey draftsman in the “Territory” and on being accepted for the position, was confronted with one problem – which to take: the car or boat? After consulting an old Digger, he was told that there were no roads in Port Moresby but there was a nice harbour for sailing so in 1953 Greg arrived complete with V.J. dinghy and no land transportation for the unexpected mass of roads he found.
Greg’s sailing activities started as a small boy and certainly did not slow down on his arrival in Papua New Guinea. In fact, he did not miss sailing in a National Championship in this country in any one year. As well as his V.J., Greg owned a 25’ centreboard sloop until 1956, then moved on to the Moresby Class, V.S. (1957 Club championships) and an assortment of others until 1962 when he became firmly hooked on Sharpies for the next eight years. In 1970 Greg began sailing mainly in “A” Class yachts until recently when he became grandfather of the Laser fleet and has shown many a whipper-snapper what for.
Greg was also actively participated in power-boating; water-skiing and fishing. Greg represented the Club in five Australian Lightweight Sharpie Championships, one Sydney – Hobart (on “Red Boomer”), two South Pacific Laser Championships, and in 1977 chartered a boat and competed in the World Half–Ton Cup Series.
Greg served as a member of the Executive Committee in the 50’s and early 60’s and again in 1974. In 1973 he was Rear Commodore. He was a member of the sailing Committee from 1954 – 1964; President of the P.N.G.L.W.S.A. from 1962 – 1970; Commodore of the Australian Lightweight Sharpie Association in 1969; served on the Committee of the P.N.G.Y.A. in 1968 and was appointed by the I.Y.R.U. as a member of the International Jury for the South Pacific Games in 1975.
Greg became a Life member of the Royal Papua Yacht Club in 1977.
Greg left us at the end of May 1978 and now resides in Sydney to the irrefutable gain of the Yacht Club he joins and to our irretrievable loss.