Brion Toss

Noted yacht rigger and author Brion Toss died from cancer on June 6, 2020. He was 69.

Brion operated his rigging shop, Brion Toss Yacht Riggers, in Port Townsend, Wash., and was well known as a master rigger. Brion was also a gifted writer — Ocean Navigator published an article of his in 2016 — and authored a renowned treatise on rigging called The Complete Rigger’s Apprentice, which graces the bookshelves of many a sailor.
 
Brion held many rigging workshops, and was the first recipient of the Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival’s Maritime Hall of Fame award. Brion’s business partner, Ian Weedman (at right in image above), said in an email that the shop won’t be closing, “…we are keeping the Brion Toss rigging shop alive.”