Goolwa Regatta Yacht Club pays tribute to Chips Barclay

Sailing was a passion of Chips Barclay.
Sailing was a passion of Chips Barclay.

It is with sadness that the Goolwa Regatta Yacht Club acknowledge Chips Barclay, who passed away peacefully recently.

Chips was a legend in Australian sailing, being a champion in Heavy and Light Weight Sharpies, an exceptional boat builder and Commodore of the Goolwa Regatta Yacht Club in 1969.

He was instrumental in the early days of the club, which then was very different to how it appears now.

There was no clubhouse or marina and the committee meetings were held at his house in Coleman Road, Goolwa.

His passion for wooden boats was always evident and he loved racing 'Edith' against the "plastic fantastics", especially in the Milang to Goolwa race where he could use his influence with the ferry driver to gain a few places.

He built the magnificent 'Yvonne Patrine' in his home workshop out of the best timber he could buy.

She is now moored in Sydney Harbour in front of the Sydney Amateur Sailing Club.

Chips built a pile driver and installed many of the original jetties around Goolwa, both private and public.

It was always good to see him and Alan Edwards motoring around the pond on the pile driver off to "bang in a few posts" and making it easier for all boaties to board and moor their craft.

He will be missed and all at the Goolwa Regatta Yacht Club hope that he has a fair breeze and a cold beer to help him on his way.

It can be said that Chips was a fierce competitor, an exceptional tradesman, a fine supporter of clubs and a generous man.

The race Chips enjoyed being part of during the iconic Goolwa Regatta Week, the Milang to Goolwa Freshwater Classic took place on January 24.

The event has grown and been run by the Goolwa Regatta Yacht Club since 1974 and has expanded into a program of events when it launched the Goolwa Regatta Week in 2012, with strong community support. As many as 250 boats compete in the Milang-Goolwa event and the Regatta week is a major tourist drawcard for the region.

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