Brian Barnes another 1960s Merlin sailor has his last sail
Mark I was sorry to hear the news about your father He was sailing FDs when I first joined the Whitstable Yacht Club in 1959 ( the year the FD worlds were held in Whitstable) and I remember him sailing the Merlins which had been designed and built locally by Lockyers I also recall working with him on the Club development committee probably in the early 80s He shared his enthusiasm for all he did with his oldest son ! Many happy memories Best wishes Richard
That was the other Brian Barnes, who was known as Teapot Barnes at WYC when we were cadets. Not sure where the Teapot came from but that is what we knew him as. He'd be over 100 now if still alive, I believe, but yes was a kind and gentle person sailing N12s. Not sure what happened to him as he left the sailing scene at WYC I think at the end of the 1970s or early 1980s
Condolences Mark. I was pleased to meet up with Brian again at the Whitstable Champs . Our mutual intro to sailing was on a CCPR course at Hayling Island in 1954 when most of the time was spent clinker 'barges' but the last day gave us the chance to crew a F15. One plane and we were hooked.