WELL known on the Island, national and international yachting scene, Eileen Elliot has died at the age of 95.

Mrs Elliot's association with the Island goes back to the 1930s when her parents built The Wight House in Yarmouth.

After leaving Upper Chine School in Shanklin, she joined the Women’s Royal Naval Service with her best friend, Bunty Minchin, and served at HMS Flowerdown intercepting German navy signals for decoding at Bletchley.

Returning to Yarmouth on leave, she was able to wave at her father, Lieutenant-Commander George Cecil Hans Hamilton, as he sailed past on his way to serve as the beachmaster on Gold Beach during the invasion of France in 1944.

After the war, Mrs Elliot raced in the Yarmouth One Designs Puffin and Pimpernel before moving to the mainland with her first husband, Jimmy Caulcutt.

In the 1950s the couple built up the successful frozen chicken business Golden Produce with its headquarters in Lymington.

After racing in the Dragon class, they had two Peter Nicholson-designed yachts built by Clare Lallow in Cowes: Barbecue, launched in 1958, and Angelique, launched in 1961.

Competing annually in Cowes Week, they won the Princess Elizabeth Cup in 1958 and the Silver Gilt Roman Bowl in the Island Sailing Club’s Round the Island Race both in 1959 and 1961.

Following Jimmy’s death, Mrs Elliot based herself in London.

She was part of the Royal Thames Yacht Club team that organised America’s Cup trials in Newport Rhode Island, port officer in Fremantle Australia for the Whitbread Round the World Race, and race officer for Antigua Week.

After moving back to Lymington, Mrs Elliot served as chief race officer and event chairman for the Royal Lymington Cup match racing championships which attracted huge international interest and became known for its world class yacht race management.

Much sought after for her expertise, Mrs Elliot was often seen setting courses on the platform of the Royal Yacht Squadron.

She moved back to the Island following her marriage to Ian Elliot in 1988, living happily in Cowes and cruising in his yacht, Heljiana.

Following Mr Elliot's death in 1997, she continued to take a keen interest in yachting.

A former Rear-Commodore and Vice Commodore of the Royal Lymington Yacht Club, she contributed an article for the club’s centenary yearbook just a few weeks before her death.

Mrs Elliot is survived by her son Antony and grandchildren Andrew and Clea.