It was with great sadness that I learned the news that Captain Tork Buckley had lost his battle with his illness and passed away on 29 December at 0610 Thailand time.

Tork and I had been colleagues when I was working at The Superyacht Group (then known as The Yacht Report Group) from 2007 to 2010. He acted as a mentor to the younger journalists and was always on hand to impart technical insight and valuable advice. Tork also offered me support and encouragement when I was appointed as editor of Superyacht Business.

When I first got to know him, Tork lived in Antibes and was a well known local character, popular among locals and the yachting industry. In 2009, whilst still working as a part time journalist, Tork founded Big Blue Consulting Ltd, which offered consulting to yards and clients on new construction build and refit specifications. It was at this time that Tork left his apartment in Antibes and moved to Thailand in order to cover South East Asia for The Superyacht Report.

But beyond Tork’s significant journalistic and professional achievements, he will be most remembered for his vibrant personality and unique take on life. Tork was something of a maverick who was not afraid to take risks. The pursuit of adventure and fun were paramount to him and I’ve always thought of him as a “rolling stone who gathered no moss”. Tork was truly one of the industry’s most memorable characters; a few years back he delighted everyone at the FLIBS L