Rob Hamill (left) and Phil Stubbs at finish of their record Atlantic Ocean row
The Ocean Rowing Society just received word from New Zealand that Atlantic Ocean rowing record holder Phil Stubbs has died in a plane crash. Below is the message received from Rob Bristow, who maintained the website for the Kiwi Challenge (rowers Phil Stubbs and Rob Hamill) during the Port St. Charles Atlantic Rowing Race.
On behalf of the Ocean Rowing Society members and trustees we would like to express our deepest sorrow to Phil's family and friends. Phil will always hold a special place in our hearts as a true champion in every sense...
Kenneth F Crutchlow -- executive director ORS
Tom Lynch-- American Coordinator
(we will post more on Phils passing as we get news...see the TV One story below)
To: "Tom Lynch" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
|21/12/98 - Adventurer dies as plane plummets|
| A Papakura policeman who conquered the Atlantic in a small rowing boat was
killed last night when the light plane he was flying nose-dived into a West Auckland
Transatlantic rower Sergeant Phil Stubbs was killed when a Piper Supercub he part-owned plunged into the sand at Karekare about 6.30 pm. His brother-in-law, Mark David Gusse, was seriously injured and was fighting for his life early today in Auckland Hospital.
Friends and work colleagues of Mr Stubbs - a keen pilot and adventure sportsman - were stunned at news of his death. Hamilton Olympic rower Rob Hamill - who rowed across the Atlantic with Mr Stubbs in a record-shattering 41 days last year - said he felt numb. Papakura police welfare officer Mark Leys said Mr Stubbs, aged 36, had an amazing zest for adventure. "Somebody who was close to him said to him when he was about to set off on the Atlantic rowing trip, `What do you fear?' He said, `I fear coming second'."
Witnesses described watching the plane plummet, engines screaming, seconds after taking off from Karekare beach. The force of the impact trapped both men in the wreckage and fire crews had to cut them free. The aircraft was owned by an Ardmore Airport syndicate of about 50 tailwing enthusiasts, including Sergeant Stubbs.
Pictured: The Piper Supercub after it crashed into the sands of Karekare Beach. HERALD PICTURE/BRETT PHIBBS
One of the two New Zealanders who set a record for rowing the Atlantic has been killed in a plane crash. Phil Stubbs, a policeman, died when a dual-control Piper Supercub crashed on Karekare beach west of Auckland last night. The other person in the plane, Stubbs' brother-in-law Mark Gusse, is in a serious but stable condition in Auckland Hospital.
|From: "Roger Gould"
Subject: Phil Stubbs and Rob Hamill
Date sent: Wed, 23 Dec 1998 00:55:29 -0800
At a time like this, it is hard to know what to do, or say. Charlie and I
were both saddened and joyed to have known Phil. We met him on his first day
in Tenerife prior to the race last year. He landed in the Challenge
Business office and immediately answered the phone as it rang. "Challenge
Business, Phil Stubbs. How can I help you"? My wife Christina and I were
both impressed at how professional it sounded. From then on in, we got to
know both Rob and Phil quite well. For his parents point of view, you
already know and are rightly proud of your sons amazing achievments. May
his memory be a long remembered inspiration to those who followed his
progress throughout OUR race.
As for Rob, you must be proud, yet sad, to have been so close to him and
lost him so young. The only thing is that Phil crammed so much into such a
short life. WE shall certainly always cherish the memories we have of such
a brave, young man, setting off to row across the Atlantic and daring to
take the risks he and you did.
Please accept our condolences and perhaps they can be forwarded to Phil's
From your friends in the United Kingdom and especially two fellow Police
Officers, Roger Gould and Charlie Street. You will be in our hearts and
minds for ever. For Phil, another adventure is only just starting! Good