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ODs help ODs to become skippers

Andrew Collins (OD) and Oliver Steynor (OD) ran a skippers course for a few Bishops boys and their parents.

23 Apr 2021
Written by Nicole Little
School News
The Clark family with sailing instructors, Andrew Collins (OD) and Oliver Steynor (OD)
The Clark family with sailing instructors, Andrew Collins (OD) and Oliver Steynor (OD)

One of the many wonderful aspects of a boys school with a long tradition such as ours, is that on the sporting front there are always people who are willing to volunteer, offer to help or offer services.  On the sailing front we have two stories we wish to share.

Andrew Collins (OD) offered to run a skippers course for boys and parents in 2018 with a view to it being completed in 2019. Then Covid happened…The net result is that two of our 2019 matrics (Andrew Low and David Boyes) still need to write their theory exams and do their final practical and James Mason now needs to do time on the boat to complete his. The picture below shows the Clark family of Barry, Jane and Cameron (captain of sailing in 2019) who completed their Coastal Skippers and Jordan Welsh who completed his Day Skippers along with Andrew Collins and another OD who helped with the teaching, Oliver Steynor. Our congratulations to those who completed and are completing their skippers and our grateful thanks to Andrew and Oliver for making this happen!

Felix Scheder-Bieschin (father of Theo who is in Grade 9) offered to take sailors out on his boat on Friday 16 April.  Felix is also the Commodore of Zeekoe Vlei Yacht Club – the club from which our dinghy sailing happens.  A group consisting of Theo, James Mason, Richard Mason, Andrew Lawson, Michael Lawson, Ben Derman, Aidan Burns and Diyara Govender (who sails with us during sailing terms) had a wonderful time. Our thanks to Felix for arranging this and for providing the photos.

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