A LEGENDARY figure in powerboating from the Isle of Wight, Henry Hector, has died peacefully, aged 84. 

An Island resident for many years, Henry lived a life full of adventure and meaningful involvement in the yachting community, which includes his service as a former harbourmaster at Island Harbour.

Born in Bow, East London, Henry became an entrepreneur, with an international career.

He began visiting the Isle of Wight as a young cyclist — growing to become a historic figure in powerboat racing, notably as a Cowes-Torquay-Cowes powerboat racing champion.

Henry was also a well-known figure in sailing and enjoyed a vibrant life on the sea, spending much time on The Solent and had competed in the Round the Island and Round Britain races.

In the early 2000s, Henry played a key role in the acquisition of Island Harbour Marina, where he subsequently took up residence and formed many enduring friendships.

"Henry was a characterful and charming man who always had a joke to tell," said a family member.

"Many people who met Henry would not forget him. He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him."

"His contributions to the local community were numerous and impactful."

Henry was a valued member of the Island’s British Power Boating Club and one of the early members of the Classic Power Boat Club.

Henry was a devoted father and a loving husband to his late wife, Irene. The couple enjoyed their retirement years at St Vincent’s in Ryde, surrounded by friends and a caring team.

Family and friends are warmly invited to attend and celebrate his life, at a funeral service to honour Henry’s life, on Friday, July 5.

For funeral arrangements, please contact a member of the family.