ALLISON, BARRY and CARMEN
written by Jeanne Harrison
As a child, Barry keenly watched sailing activities from Somerton beach, near to his home. He joined the Glenelg Sailing Club in 1953 and has maintained continuous membership, although the club is now the Adelaide Sailing Club. He skippered and crewed various Sharpies and Moths, and also won the Holdfast Trainer Championship, plus the Yvonne 20 Club and State Titles. He built an Arrow Cat and achieved third in the 1976 Nationals. In 1979 he joined the Squadron so that he could enjoy his newly built Offshore Roberts 38ft ketch, ‘Audacious II’, having completed all of the fit-out and finishing in the backyard of the Allison home at Henley South. Opening Days were always memorable events, but also cruises to Port Vincent and Kangaroo Island. Barry served on the Cruising Committee from 1991-98, as Chairman from 1994-96. Currently he serves on the Foundation committee; writes for the Squadron Quarterly; and is on the Historical Committee. For over 31 years, Barry’s business management experience was centred on the automotive industry, and included several overseas study trips. Both of his sons, Gregory and Peter, and his grandson Luke, are active sailors. The Adelaide Sailing Club presented the Allison family with a unique award being the first club members who have won club championships over three generations. In 2007 Barry met and married Carmen. Together they have maintained their active participation in the life of the Squadron.