Barry Vigus: A Tribute

It is with great sadness we announce that Barry Vigus, a past stalwart of the Scorpion Class, has crossed the bar. Barry died suddenly at his home in Liskeard on Friday 24th April aged 68. From 1979 to 1981 Barry was Commodore of Porthpean Sailing Club, the spiritual home of the Scorpion Class, and was a key figure during the Scorpion National Championships hosted by Porthpean in 1979 and on several subsequent occasions. He will have very much been looking forward to the celebrations at Porthpean and Penzance in this the Scorpion’s Diamond Anniversary year.

Barry was the proud owner of a number of famous and notable Scorpions, amongst them 1387 Razzle Dazzle, 1685 Hallmark, 1831 Eggspurt, 1866 Friend or Foe and 1880 Shockwave, always in tip top condition with all the latest gizmos. A doughty and sporting competitor on the race course, Barry was a difficult man to beat, and indeed, was on top of his game when winning the Silver Scorpion in 1979.

Scorpion sailing was a big part of Barry’s life, and his family have many happy memories of his time competing at Championships and on the Open circuit. He inspired his son, Jerry (Pasty), to take up Scorpion sailing, and some more mature members of the class will remember Pasty as having picked up where his dad left off as an enthusiastic and much liked competitor from the West Country fraternity.

Our thoughts and sympathies are with Jerry and his family at this difficult time.

John Mursell
National Scorpion Association

Photos of Scorpion 1866 ‘Friend or Foe’ taken 2018 courtesy of Jake Willars.

Malcolm James

South Cerney SC Gloucester GL7 5TH. Scorpions 2001 and 2011.