Over 300 visitors participated in the Beat the Barton Block Clock Competition to assemble a size three Barton single block quickest in the Manufacturer’s Showcase, at the entrance to Southampton Boat Show.  The overall winner with a remarkable time of 15.07 seconds was Robin S from Weymouth, who sails a Westerly Centaur.  His nimble fingers put in a sterling performance considering the average daily winning time was 23 seconds and the best time from the Barton assembly team came in a relatively leisurely 18 seconds.

Entrants came from across the country and all walks of life, purely to find out more about boats and equipment.  Children competed effectively against sailing veterans – and boat builders went up against some who had never stepped foot on a boat.  Assembling a block can be an incredibly tricky and frustrating task, but demonstrates how adept our boating peers are at turning their hands to a challenge.

“It was great to meet so many show goers over a light hearted bit of fun and speak to many happy Barton customers in the process,” says Christian Brewer, Barton Sales Manager.  “Despite the many ‘Arghhh’ and ‘its so fiddly’ comments, visitors walked into the show with smiles on their faces.”

Daily winners were:

Friday 13th – Mark M from Emsworth 25.70 seconds

Saturday 14th – Greame H 20.58 seconds

Sunday 15th  – Phil H from the RYA 23.69 seconds

Monday 16th  – Jason M 21.72 seconds

Tuesday 17th  – Andy Y from Farnham 24.86 seconds

Wednesday 18th – Tim H from Maidenhead 24.38 seconds

Thursday 19th  – Bill A from Maidstone 27.48 seconds

Friday 20th – Clint F from Northampton 24.94 seconds

Saturday 21st – Katie M 21.63 seconds – beating her husband Leo by 0.31 of a second!

Sunday 22nd  – Robin S 15.07 seconds – a spectacular time!

Beat the Barton Block Clock will return at marine shows and events worldwide.  Can you beat the record?

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