The club flag will fly at half mast on Thursday 16th July in memory of Douglas Barbour.
Douglas was a rescue boat man in the days before our fast RIBS. Maintaining the club boats and using his own boat for duties gave him a huge amount of pleasure.
Mike Rigg remembers Douglas as always ready to give advice and a helping hand if you had any problems.
Ted Hill's memories of Douglas are when he succeeded Bill Morrison to run and maintain the blue diesel rescue boat. (It was a Cheverton Champ with Lister dump truck engine. Royal Forth had one also, but ours had a whip staff steering arrangement to maximise working space astern of the helm's position). Douglas was always noted for his infectious laughter and very loud voice. He put in a lot of work for the club and his practical skills were legendary.
The Barbour family have always been good friends to the club. On behalf of East Lothian Yacht Club let me send my thanks to Douglas and the wider Barbour family for all the help and support contributed to the club over many years. We have had Barbour rescue crew, regatta team, racers, cadets, instructors and more.
East Lothian Yacht club extend deepest condolences to the Barbour family.