Tragedy at Taree – R.I.P. Brian and Dave
Brian McCosker, driver of the Australian Boat Liberty, was taken by the sport he loved on Saturday 3rd April, 2010 at the Taree Aquatic Club. Brian has been involved in the Unlimited Displacement Class many years and became to be a well known ambassador for the sport. Brian contributed to the sport in many ways and he will never be forgotten for his true passion and dedication. Racing the Blue 18.6ft Childs Play design, Brian and his LIBERTY boat were a draw card at any race meeting. Brian has won many championships including the Australasian Unlimited Displacement Championship the Marjorie Watson Trophy and has also won the E.C. Griffith’s Cup which is an open Unlimited Race and the oldest powerboat trophy in the Southern Hemisphere. He was a real champion.
Dave Bryant, USA driver, was also tragically taken away from us the following day on Sunday the 4th April at the same meeting. We look at the American Power Boat Association website, and until looking at that, we did not realise how much of a champion this person was. The way he conducted himself in Australia, representing the USA and the Team of Dean Barry She’s the Culprit showed what a professional person and ambassador he was to the sport of power boat racing. We had the fortunate opportunity of meeting this person and spending time with him and the other USA representatives and we feel very privileged to have known him for this short time. Our condolences go to his wife, crew, fellow racers and also to the Team that he represented, Dean Barry, Anita and She’s the Culprit crew.
We would also like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the Down Under Rescue Team for the professional services and dedicated volunteer time that they provide to Power Boat Racing in Australia. Our thoughts are with you all at this time, because we cannot imagine how difficult this time would be for you.
R.I.P. Brian and Dave.