Arrow Trophy success

Early October saw the return of an OP/Pangbourne entry in The Arrow Trophy after seven years of abstinence writes Peter Kewish (84-89). With 12 individuals on board, having never sailed together and with three crew members who had never sailed before, we raced a fleet of 24 other public schools in Sunsail’s F40s yachts.  …

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Sponsor a College 1st XV rugby player!

On November 19th the College 1st XV will be playing one of its great rivals, Oratory, under floodlights at Newbury Rugby Club (Monks Lane, Newbury RG14 7RW). Kick-off is at 7.00pm To help defray the cost of hiring the ground and using the floodlights, the College is appealing for OPs to sponsor a member of…

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Bart’s Bash update

Andrew Roy (61-65) won the raffle at the OP Dinner at the Butchers Hall earlier this yearfor a day out on an Extreme 40 catamaran with Sir Ben Ainslie. His report follows: “What with Iain Percy, one the world’s finest sailors, being there and the excitement of the occasion and meeting old friends and all,…

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Record released on iTunes by OP

OP Rory Duffield (00-07), the youngest of the three Duffields to pass through the College, has just released his debut record. Rory, who was in Port Jackson, writes: “I have been in Vancouver, British Columbia recording my debut record at The Farm Studios and this week have released on iTunes and soon to be on…

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Headmaster takes the lead over CCF future

Speaking at the annual Headmasters’ and Headmistresses Conference (HMC) meeting in south Wales, the headmaster of the College, Thomas Garnier, made clear his opposition to combined cadet force (CCF) spending cutbacks announced recently by the Ministry of Defence (MoD). Schools that run CCFs have been informed by the MoD that they face annual charges of…

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Appeal for OP email addresses!

The College is updating its email data base in connection with the publication of an illustrated history of the school which is to appear early in 2016. It asks that all OPs send in their current email details. Your email details should be sent to Caroline Kemp who looks after the OP data base. Her…

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A Rodney Pattisson boat comes home

Thanks to the generosity of his wife, the College Boathouse Manager, Philip Tinsley, has recently acquired the Flying Dutchman yacht Supercalifragilistic of Poole, sail number 350 with grey decks. This  is the boat in which Rodney Pattisson (57-61) took part in the 1984 trials for the Olympic Games in Los Angeles. Philip Tinsley adds: “This…

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Bart’s Bash smashes world record

The largest sailing race ever has been held in memory of Andrew (Bart) Simpson (90-95). As a result, more than £136,000 has so far been raised for the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation. Almost 17,000 sailors from 759 clubs in 67 countries took part in the global event on September 21st. Hundreds of races were held…

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