Masashi Kakuda died this evening at around 17:00 hours. (Japanese Time). He
was earlier hospitalised with a heart problem.
Masashi was a prominent member of the CIA for so many years and his
contributions on competiton and rules subcommittees was legendary. He was
also a competition director and Jury member at so many sanctioned events.
He will be remembered for his great passion for competition ballooning and
for his wonderful sense of humour.
International ballooning will be much the poorer for his passing.
Go in peace, our ballooning friend.