Willie Wilson

The Geoff Pack Memorial Award - 2005

Willie Wilson, MD of Imray Laurie Norie & Wilson (cartographers & publishers), has done an incalculable amount over the last two or three decades 'to foster and encourage ocean cruising in small craft'. While not himself a writer he has a very 'hands on' approach and until recently (when he's trained up assistants) did most of the layout of their many pilot books himself -- books which tens of thousands of cruising yachtsmen all over the world rely on. Also, his understanding and flexible approach (not least with regard to deadlines!) has allowed a number of invaluable books to see the light of day which otherwise might very well have been abandoned.