A summer resident of Southwest Harbor, Towers was instrumental in bringing the International One Design World Class Championship to Northeast Harbor in 1984. He owned and sailed Humlen. Many of the current IOD skippers in the area first got interested in the class by crewing for Towers.
He was a member of the Naples Yacht Club and a trustee of the National Maritime Heritage Foundation. A service is planned this week in Naples. Another in Southwest Harbor will be held at a later date.
Memorial donations may be made to the MDI Community Sailing Center or to St. Alban’s School in Washington, D.C.