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Imray Iolaire charts

In memory of Donald M. Street Jr.

26 July 1930 - 1 May 2024

Sailing legend Donald M. Street Jr. died peacefully and unexpectedly yesterday, Wednesday 1 May 2024, aged 93, at home in Glandore, Ireland. 

Don was renowned in the cruising yacht scene.  A native Long Islander, he grew up sailing and began to explore the Caribbean in the 1950s. Surveying the islands in his engineless yawl Iolaire, he documented and shared his countless experiences generously and widely through books, DVDs, articles and endless anecdotes.  A storyteller through and through, he credited a conversation over dinner with the novelist John Steinbeck for launching his writing career. 

Don’s Imray-Iolaire charts for the Eastern Caribbean and Atlantic Ocean were conceived with Tom Wilson, then Director of Imray, and launched in the 1970s.  They remain the industry standard for yachts today and have been adopted by the major electronic chart producers. Don was a longstanding member of the Royal Ocean Racing Club. He remained an active sailor to the end; he was preparing his Dragon Gypsy for the season ahead earlier this week. 

He is survived by his wife Trich and four children Dory, Donald, Richard and Mark (Ted), and nine grandchildren.