Sunday, January 7, 2018

Eight Bells: Jeff Trask

Jeff Trask (Long Beach, CA)- Former J/Boats J/24 builder, dealer, and sailor extraordinaire- Jeff Trask- recently passed away from battling pancreatic cancer.  Here are two memorials from two people who knew him well in southern California.

From Sailing Anarchy- Scot Tempesta
Sail on Jeff.  We are saddened by the news of the passing of So Cal sailor Jeff Trask. Along with his dad Don, they put J/Boats on the map here in So Cal. We worked with Jeff on a number of boat/sail packages over time and always loved hanging with Jeff. Funny, good natured, honest, and a good sailor, we had a number of fun nights at San Diego YC back in the day.  Fond memories, so sad to see him go so young...…

From Scuttlebutt- Craig Leweck
The California sailing community lost a significant contributor far too early when Jeff Trask passed away following a two year battle with pancreatic cancer on December 28, 2017 in Tustin, CA. He was 58 years old.

Jeff grew up in the Northern California Bay Area, and alongside his legendary father, Don Trask, was instrumental as builders and brokers in expanding the J/Boat brand, helping countless sailors get the most out of their boats. After many Pacific Ocean adventures, he found his way from the boat cockpit to the cockpit of a race car and it was there that he began a lifelong passion of driving way too fast.

Jeff with Mom and the boysFollowing 30 years in the boat business and a professional racing career that spanned almost 20 years, he shifted his focus full time to the Porsche racing car community. The solid foundation of a unique and quirky group of car enthusiasts allowed him to lead a fulfilling career that kept him in close contact with his dearest friends and favorite cars, vintage Porsches.

Whether it was at home with his family or among rows of classic cars, Jeff’s witty humor and warmth permeated through everyone present. He passed away in the presence of his loving wife, Tracy, and three sons; Andrew, Jonathan and Christian. He is survived by his father Don and two sisters, Katie Worthington and Jillian Mack.

A celebration of life will be held at 10:00 am on January 6 at Bridge Community Church, 710 S. Cambridge, Orange, CA 92866. Donations can be submitted to a dedicated gofundme page: Add to Flipboard Magazine.