It is with sadness that we write to inform members of the death of Ginger (Charles) Barron.
One of the earliest members of Queen Mary Sailing Club in the 1970s, sailing an Enterprise, Ginger later moved into a Yeoman and did much to promote the keelboat class at the Club and further afield, through his involvement with the Class Association too. An inspiring fleet captain, he encouraged a thriving QM Yeoman fleet, seeing a regular turnout of anything up to 10 boats for Sunday Club racing. Whilst sailing at QM he competed in Open meetings all over the country and was the driving force in getting Yeoman sailors to hitch up and travel, trips to Scotland included. Good turnouts at Federation Week in Chichester Harbour continued for many years. Ginger was an excellent sailor, one of the top helms in the QM fleet, and he won numerous championships in his green Yeoman, “Fanatic”.
He ran a rigging business from his van and was a mainstay getting and keeping boats on the water. Always very friendly, he gave his time freely to sort out any technical problem: many a new shroud or kicker was magicked out of his van as Ginger quickly got boats back on the water, often at the cost of being late to the start himself.
His technical expertise was not limited to setting up boats: as the first keelboats at QM, Yeomans were usually kept on moorings until Ginger put his professional engineering skills to work, helping the Club design and install the hoists we use to this day.
It was a sad loss for the Club when he moved down to the South coast, where his sailing continued with Alex Martin in an RS Elite at Hayling Island SC until 2012 and he continued to travel: they went one year to Belfast with the Elite to compete, and they also took part in the ARC transatlantic event of 2008.
Ginger was a fine man and we send our sympathies to his wife, his family and friends, some of whom are still members here at QMSC.
The QM office has details of funeral arrangements.