It is with regret that I announce the passing of Donald Howard Barnett (Barney) on Friday 13th March 2015 at the age of 68.


The Funeral will be held at North Road Cemetery, Cemetery Road Nailsworth on Monday 23rd March 2015 at 2.00pm, followed by a Wake in his honour at Adelaide Sailing Club from 4.00pm - 6.00pm.

Don started his sailing career at the Barmera Sailing Club before moving onto the the Royal South Australian Yacht Squadron, then the Glenelg Sailing Club and at the Adelaide sailing Club where he was a Champion of the 125 Class over many seasons, plus Largs Sailing Club.


He became a life member of the 125 Association in 1978, won the SA Boat of the Year in 1988 with the development of the first fibreglass 125 dinghy which he called G25, in 2006 won the Yachting SA Presidents Award for Class Promotion, Youth Coaching and Administration, then the next year he received a Certificate of Appreciation from the Adelaide Sailing Club.


After the move from Glenelg to West Beach, Ross Tuohy asked Don to prepare a Ménage of the Adelaide Sailing Club, this was prepared and is a tribute to the work that Don did around the club, so now at least the members will know who made this up and is on the main wall as you enter the club.


His achievements over the years of sailing:-


  • State Champion in the Dragon Class 

  • 1966

  • Glenelg Club Champion in the 125’s

  • 1978-79

  • 1979-80

  • 1980-81

  • 1981-82

  • 1983-84

  • 1997-98

  • Adelaide Club Champion in the 125’s

  • 1998-99

  • 1999-2000

  • 2000-01

  • 2001-02

  • 2004-05

  • 2005-06

  • 2006-07

  • SA State Champion in the 125’s (Record 9 times)

  • 1979

  • 1981

  • 1982

  • 1984

  • 1994

  • 1999

  • 2005

  • 2006


Don helped around the club and did a lot of the printing of reports, programmes, annual reports, I did find out today that Don designed and help install the rigging in the boat shed where we lift up all of the buoys to save space, we thank him for all of his dedicated work around both the Glenelg and Adelaide Sailing Club, he certainly did make his mark in whatever field he applied himself.




Adelaide Sailing Club