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Barclay Wade
3 Ports Race 1987 - Team Apoclaypse
3 Ports Race 1987 - Team Apoclaypse
3 Ports Race (1988) - Winners Apocalypse.
3 Ports Race (1988) - Winners Apocalypse.

Date Born5 April 1944
Date of Death (if Applicable)26 December 2021
Current City/HometownSydney
ClubMiddle Harbour Yacht Club
Facebook Pagebarclay.wade.3
Boat Owner ofApocalypse
Middle Harbour Express

Barclay Wade

Mosman Hall of Fame

Born at the Mater Hospital in North Sydney, Barclay grew up in Clifton Gardens.

In 1961 he was part of the all-Mosman Australian Rowing Team to New Zealand.

At the age of 17, he was a bronze medallist in the 1962 Commonwealth Games held in Perth, and he competed in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics at the age of 19.

In 1962 and 1964 Barclay won the Australian Sculling Championships.

A former student of Shore School in North Sydney, he has won the GPS Head of the River three times and for many years coached at Mosman Rowing Club.Barclay volunteered for the Sydney Organising Committee for the Olympic Games in 2000 and was selected to carry the Olympic Torch in both the 2000 and 2004 Olympic Torch Relay. He is also an Australia Day Ambassador.


Barclay joined MHYC in 1979 and owned a string of boats through the 80s at MHYC. An incredible number of people sailed with Barclay throughout these years and he provided the first pathways for some who have now become famous sailors in the yachting world.

1980 Hood

In 1980 he gained third place in the Hood Championships, but I cannot find the name of the boat.

Popeye MH20

MHYC The Log April/May 1981

In 1981 Barclay owned the Adams 8 metre Popeye.

On Popeye, Barclay Wade clinched the Adams 8 metres Championship on the Sydney Harbour Championships course during the long weekend of January.

MHYC The Log March/April 1981 reports:

"Popeye came from behind to win the last two races from the strong Lake Macquarie fleet.

She was crewed by all members of MHYC, Glen Bourke, Ian Goddard, Marc, Michel and Joy Kiereth.

Barclay is in his second season of sailing having gained third place in last years Hood Championships."

Pear Tree MH239

Barclay then quickly moved into the Adams 10 fleet and bought Pear Tree from John Partridge. He sailed this boat in the 1982/83 MHYC season. 

Middle Harbour Express MH237

Middle Harbour Express 1984

Wanting to move into offshore racing, Barclay then bought the Davidson 37 Gold Coast Express in 1983 and renamed her Middle Harbour Express. He raced her at Middle Harbour Yacht Club until 1984.

On Facebook, Peter Nicholson who later owned Middle Harbour Express said "I came across the photo of my Davidson 37 "Middle Harbour Express" taken on Sydney Harbour around mid 1984, after purchasing the boat. 

Middle Harbour Express was built on the Gold Coast as "Gold Coast Express" in 1978/9 and represented the Southport Yacht Club twice at the Pan Am Clipper Cup Series in Hawaii in 1979 and 1981. 

I purchased the boat in 1984 and sailed the boat with the RPAYC Club in Sydney. 

We had a great deal of success with the boat, winning the 1984 El Admirals Cup Series at Coffs Harbour and going on to win the Series again in 1985 including winning many races on the NSW Coast as well as the Pittwater to Coffs Harbour yacht race outright on IOR that year. 

I sold the boat in 1986 to a Middle Harbour Yacht Club member (Ray Stone), who also went on to campaign the boat very successfully. 

Today Middle Harbour Express, renamed "Express" lives on Pittwater owned by a member of my then crew Steve Merrington and Rosemary."


1983 March The Log

Scavenger (MH237)

Wanting to go bigger and faster, he bought the Adams 13m Scavenger in 1985 and started Ocean Racing with her. His crew list grew bigger!

1985 April The Log


In 1986, Barclay again upgraded to a bigger boat. Apocalypse was a 50-foot Ben Lexcen-designed Pocket Maxi which carried about 15 crew. It was initially solely owned by Barclay Wade and later co-owned by Barclay and Peter Wood.

The boat was one of the most sailed and popular yachts at Middle Harbour Yacht Club, never missing a Wednesday afternoon or Thursday night and we competed in as many offshore events and regattas as they could. Boy, I wish you could find such dedicated crew now! In those days we just assumed that we would spend nearly every second weekend offshore sailing.

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