I first met Knowles in 1978, at the Royal Canadian YC in Toronto. I was crewing for another mentor of mine, Thomas David Blackaller. At 18 years old, I was in awe of the Star class and the luminaries who coveted racing this special boat. In crewing for Blackaller, I was immediately competing against Dennis Conner, Buddy Melges, Carl Buchan, Lowell North, Ding Schoonmaker, Pelle Petterson, Joe Duplin and many others. Knowles’ peers were North and Melges, the Gold Star and Gold‑medal winners of the day. He stood out as an island boy, then even at the age of 61. He had an unmistakable relaxed aura, and his accent made him virtually impossible to understand.