Barlow family from Frome take top places at Shearwater Sailing Club

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By GeraintTucker

Thursday, September 05, 2013

A Frome family topped the bill at Shearwater Sailing Club’s annual Alkmar Trophy on Sunday.

Lois and Chris Barlow just pipped their daughter Amy to first place in winds described as “fresh to frightening”.

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    Action from the Alkmar Trophy at Shearwater Sailing Club

The Barlow family took to the water in a fleet of 16 boats for three hotly-contested races which date back to the club’s early days in the 1960s when a link with Alkmar Sailing Club in Holland was first formed.

Lois and Chris were sailing their restoration project, a vintage Merlin Rocket, while Amy was in her well loved Topper.

Frome’s Clive Chapman split the Barlows by finishing second, while Margaret and Geoff Pell were also in action, along with Nic Cross from Dilton Marsh, who was dis-masted in the third race.

Shearwater is hosting a Junior Open on Sunday, a day of three races also open to non-members. The event is run by Cross, with races at 11am, 1.15pm and 3.15pm.

Meanwhile, Shearwater’s commodore, Peter Barnes from Rode, is exhibiting his 50-year-old Mirror Dinghy, the 32nd one ever made out of more than 70,000, at the Southampton Boat Show, which beings on September 13.

He will also be promoting the Shearwater club, West Wilts Youth Sailing Club and the Tall Ships Youth Trust charity.

He has sponsorship to enable young people from the Frome, Warminster and Trowbridge areas to experience life at sea on the charity’s tall ship, Stavros.

For more information, contact Barnes on 01373 831498 or visit or drop into Shearwater Sailing Club this Sunday.

Thank You Frome Standard.