Chief Engineer Jan “Yannie” Nielsen (October 7, 1955) of M/Y
Aurora B passed away on October 2,
2017, just five days shy of his birthday, after a slip and fall accident at his
home in Honduras.
Originally from Calgary, Canada, Nielsen was planning to
retire in three months after working in yachting since the mid-1990s. Throughout
his 20-plus years in yachting, he worked on M/Y Ken, M/Y Arrivederci IV,
M/Y Exodus, M/Y Maridome, Palmer Johnson’s M/Y Inevitable,
and Feadship’s M/Y Inevitable.
“Yannie was an inspiration to the crew working with him and
was a great teaching coworker to many engineers working around the world,” says
Capt. Dusty Sackmann, who previously worked with him. “His passion for diving
in recent years was eclipsed by his desire to explore the world on his several
motorcycles when he wasn’t working and underway on yachts. He will be missed by
so many friends and colleagues in and out of the yachting industry.”
If you have any memories or stories about Yannie, please share in the comments below.