• Date: September 17, 2017, By admin Category - Clubs, Sailing

    The OPYC was indebted to the Royal Yacht Squadron for allowing it to hold the Old Pangbournian RYS members and Yacht Club Centenary Dinner on the Platform of the RYS in June,” reports OPYC Vice Commodore Merrick Rayner (68-73).  “OPYC members were also allowed to moor their boats in the private Haven Marina of the RYS over the weekend.

    We had an extremely successful event with 76 people attending the dinner. Alderman the Lord Mountevans of Chelsea (Jeffrey Evans 61-66) and Lady Juliet Evans were GOH and other notable guests were the Headmaster, Thomas Garnier, Mrs Leah Simpson and Miss Saskia Clark, Gold Medal winner with Hannah Mills in the Womens 470 class at the Rio Olympics in 2016. Saskia talked about the work of the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation. She kindly brought her Gold medal to the dinner which was passed around the room.

    An introduction was given by Commodore Anthony Morrow (58-62) and Commodore of the OPYC. Jeffrey Mountevans was the main speaker and made reference to the number of outstanding sailors over the years who had been to Pangbourne. He added that it was regrettable that this legacy was not being continued at the College today which does not offer sailing on the current curriculum. Amongst OPs he mentioned were the Olympic Games sailors, Rodney Pattisson, Glyn Charles and Andrew (Bart} Simpson.

    During the evening, there was a live auction was carried out by Merrick which raised just in excess of £10,000 for the ASSF (Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation). The OPYC would like to thank all those who participated for their generosity. The OPYC also recorded its thanks for the Nigel Hollebone (59-63) bequest which helped to fund the reception prior to the dinner and provide some Port afterwards.”


    Four OP boats are known to have taken part in the 2017 Round-the-Island race. There was a total of 1,342 entries and the OP results were as follows:

    Troubador Swan 46 –  363rd overall. On board: Andy Roy, Mike Stringer, Ian Kirton & Ralph Godfrey.

    Jenn-oh-Jeanneau Sunway – 504th overall. On board: Peter Kewish and family.

    Bright Future Beneteau 39 – 533rd overall. On board: Adam Kelvey, Emily Kelvey, James Landers & Ed Nation.

    Wardance Farrier 32 – 9th overall. On board: Paul Butler.


    The 2017 Arrow Trophy took place in mid-October…


    Anyone wishing to take part in the 2018 Arrow Trophy should email events@opyc.org.uk  In 2017 we had enough OPs wishing to take part to crew two yachts, so get in touch early!


    [OPYC boats at the Royal Haven anchorage, RYS Cowes, September 2017]



    [ OPYC dinner at RYS 2017)





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  • Date: September 4, 2017, By admin Category - News of OPs
    Sir Steve Redgrave with Merrick Rayner er

    Sir Steve Redgrave with Merrick Rayner (r)



    MONACO, Sept. 01, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Scorpio Tankers Inc. announced today that it has closed the previously announced merger  with Navig8 Product Tankers Inc… Through the merger and related transactions, Scorpio has acquired an operating fleet of 27 eco-design product tankers. Scorpio’s operating fleet now consists of 105 owned or finance leased tankers, and 20 time or bareboat chartered-in tankers.

    In connection with the merger, Merrick Rayner (68-73), whose appointment is effective today, will join the board of directors of Scorpio as an independent director. Mr. Rayner has over 40 years of experience in the tanker business. From 1974 to 2003, Mr. Rayner was a broker at H. Clarkson & Company Limited shipbrokers, with experience in both the deep sea tanker chartering business as well as new and second hand vessel sale and purchase. From 1987 to 1989 Mr. Rayner served as Director of Clarkson Sale and Purchase Division. From 1989 until leaving H. Clarkson & Company Limited in 2003, he was a director of the company, and also served as a director of Clarkson Research Studies from 1992 until 2003.

    In 2003 Mr. Rayner joined E.A. Gibson’s shipbrokers as a broker, where he developed the company’s time charter group. He also served as a director of Gibson’s from 2012 until his retirement in 2017. Mr. Rayner currently resides in the United Kingdom.


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  • Date: September 2, 2017, By admin Category - Centenary, News

    Centenary..1.9.17.service..OPs.present                                           [some of the OPs present at the Service, with the Headmaster and Jim McBroom]


    A short service was held on Friday 1st September 2017 at the Falkland Islands Memorial Chapel to commemorate the 100th anniversary to the day of the opening of the Nautical College, Pangbourne – today Pangbourne College.


    Led by the school’s Chaplain, Rev. Neil Jeffers, the service was built around the College’s motto since the early 1920s – ‘Fortiter ac Fideliter.’ It included a reading from the beginning of the Book of Joshua with its injunction to Joshua from the Lord to ‘Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid. Do not be discouraged for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.’ In his sermon, Rev. Jeffers expanded on this theme and its relevance to the past one hundred years in the College’s history and its continuing relevance both to the school’s present Flag Values and to its future.


    Prior to the Service some of the OPs present marched across the parade ground into the chapel recreating how the first 31 cadets who arrived at the NCP in 1917 would march down the hill to the village church to attend services there until space was made for a regular place of worship at the school later in the 1920s.




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  • Date: August 23, 2017, By admin Category - Obituaries

    Alan Willson (54-57) died at the age of 74 in September, 2015. He lived in Devon and is survived by his wife and a step daughter. His brother Colin writes:

    “On leaving Pangbourne, Alan joined the Army Intelligence Regiment. He saw active service during the 60’s and 70’s in Cyprus and Borneo. Later, he became a senior member of the Intelligence Team in Northern Ireland.  He was required to spend extended periods of time there, without a break, at the height of the Troubles, to provide a continuity of information for other British units as they arrived and ended their tours of duty. He was awarded an MBE for his active service. After leaving the Army, he became a popular and respected member of staff at St Loye’s College, Exeter, with responsibilities for security. It was then that he married another member of the staff. In his later life he suffered from serious illness and disability which forced him into early retirement.”






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  • Date: August 15, 2017, By admin Category - News of OPs

    Greatorex, Simone (11-16)



    Simone Greatorex (11-16; centre in the image above) is holding a fundraising dinner on 17th February, 2018 in aid of Alzheimer’s Research UK and hopes that OPs in the Reading/Thames Valley area will be able to attend.


    The venue will be Trunkwell House Hotel,  Beech Hill Road,  Beech Hill, Reading RG7 2AT. There will be a three-course meal, a raffle, a DJ and casino tables. Tickets are £60 a head or £550 for a table of ten. “It would be great to get a few tables of OPs together,” Simone says.


    Simone’s father died aged 55 from Alzheimer’s when she was 12. An article she wrote about this, which  in 2016 won the England & Wales Schools’ Writing Project in conjunction with the Scottish Schools’ You Writer of the Year, can be read at http://www.scottishreview.net/SimoneGreatorex22a.html


    If you would like to take part please email Simone at simonekgreatorex@gmail.com


     Simone was in St. George Division from 2011-16 and then went on to study English at De Montford University.



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  • Date: August 9, 2017, By admin Category - News of OPs







    James Shuttleworth (77-81) has been appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of Derbyshire, following in the footsteps of his father J.A. Shuttleworth (32-35).


    After a brief period in the RN and few years in London (in property), James returned to Derbyshire 25 years ago and has been there ever since. He married Sarah in 2007 and the couple have one Labrador, Piper. He is also a Parish Councillor in Hathersage.


    In his working life James is the Commercial Manager for West Coast Railways. This combines making a living with his great interest in railways (which will come as absolutely no surprise to his OP contemporaries!).  West Coast is now responsible for the majority of charter trains and, most particularly, almost all the steam ops, on the main national network. Of particular note is the success of The Jacobite Steam Train, between Fort William and Mallaig (now considered one of The Great Railway Journeys of the World), in the West Highlands of Scotland and also providing  The ‘Hogwarts Express’ for all the Harry Potter films.



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  • Date: August 9, 2017, By admin Category - Centenary, News, Reunions

    As previewed in two email newsletters and a separate email, the OP Society and the College Development Office are in the process of confirming venues and prices for a centenary reunion event in North America for OPs and their spouses/partners in late October.
    OP Charlie Bown (72-76) is very kindly organising matters on the ground in Chicago where the reunion is expected to take place. The provisional plan and prices are as below:
    Friday 27 October
    Welcome cocktail party – Hotel Sofitel, Chicago, 6pm
    Price per person TBC, but will be in the region of $30
    Saturday 28 October
    Daytime Options:
    (1) Tour to the Great Lakes Naval Station and National  Museum of the American Sailor
    Museum entry is free, there may be a coach fee for travel to and from the Station
    (2) Boat Tour of Lake Michigan and Chicago waterfront
    Approximately $30-40 per person
    Evening Black Tie Dinner – Venue TBC
    Price per person TBC and dependent on numbers
    The Hotel Sofitel in Chicago is able to offer a reduced group rate of $245.00 per night for those attending for the weekend. In addition, Charlie Bown has offered to help with transfer arrangements for those flying in and who may require a bit of assistance once in Chicago.
    All OP spouses/partners are very welcome to attend this weekend. We are delighted that the Headmaster, Thomas Garnier, and Director of Development, Karen Hartshorn, plan to attend the weekend and give some perspective on the current College and plans for the future. All being well, there will also be a good turnout of OP Society representatives both from the UK and from around the USA and Canada.
    If you wish to attend, we need to confirm numbers and names as soon as possible to make final arrangements.
    Please email Joanne Whitmore joanne.whitmore@pangbourne.com with your name, number attending, best contact email and phone number, by Friday 18 August to confirm your attendance.

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  • Date: August 8, 2017, By admin Category - Memories of Pangbourne, Sailing

    Mike Beavington (59-63) has been rooting around in his loft again. This time he has been finding old colour slides.  He writes:


    “A friend who was a professional photographer has scanned them for me and I have posted some on Google Photos.There are nine pictures. I have added some captions but if it makes it easier I repeat them below. I think it is quite a long time since the College Fireflies were sailed on the Thames, but as you may remember that is where we sailed all our matches and ladder races. I was in the Sailing Top myself and thoroughly enjoyed the sailing in the summer term even though I was never very good.”


    1961 - Harbinger on gunroom wall (Beav)1.  Picture of “Harbinger” that used to hang on the Gunroom wall in the division.
    1961 - Harbinger at Bowden (Beav)
     1961 - Harbinger at Bowden#2 (Beav)
    2. & 3. Bowden House 1960/61 shortly before Harbinger Division moved out.
    1960-61 winter - Medway Drive (Beav)1960-61 - Medway Drive in winter#2 (Beav)
    4. & 5. The path leading from the parade ground down to Bowden (Medway).
    1961 - Sunday parade (Beav)
                                                                6.      Sunday Divisions, probably Summer 1959.
    1961 - sailing on the Thames#2 (Beav)
     1961 - sailing on the Thames (Beav)1961 - sailing on the Thames#3 (Beav)

    7. 8. & 9. Fireflies on the Thames. In the third picture the boat with the white hull and an “X” on the sail is “Te Kotuku” which means White Heron in Maori. The boat was a gift to the Duke of Edinburgh and was on loan to the college. Members of the Sailing Top could use it. It was a bit big for the Pangbourne reach but nice to sail once around the corner near Beale Park.


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  • Date: August 6, 2017, By admin Category - Obituaries

    Obit - Shard


    Philip Shard (70-75) died in hospital on May 31, 2017 after being struck by lightning May 27 while playing a round of golf at the Fynn Valley Golf Club near Ipswich, Suffolk. Fellow players and paramedics tried desperately to resuscitate him after he collapsed on the course and his heart stopped beating. He was rushed by road ambulance to the critical care unit at Ipswich Hospital but could not be saved.


    Phil, an IT consultant aged 60, had only recently joined Fynn Valley GC. He was a married father-of-two and had four grandchildren. In a statement his family said: “Philip was a kind and loving gentleman, husband, father, grandpa and friend who will be sorely missed by all.”


    According to a report  on the Daily Mail Online, his daughter Elizabeth Griggs added: “Dad was very loud, made an impression on everyone he met and made friends easily. He had a joke for everyone. He would help anyone who was in need, and always had time to see his family, especially his grandchildren whom he adored. He always enjoyed doing artistic projects, whether it be designing his garden, or sitting patiently with the grandchildren to draw and do crafts.


    A full obituary will appear later.

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  • Date: August 2, 2017, By admin Category - News of OPs

    Michael Duck (69-74), the OP Rep in Hong Kong, attended the Henley Royal Regatta this year and sent along some photos afterwards.


    NoOPs - Duck#1[Michael (l) with son Simon (04-07)]

















    [Michael (r) with Geoff Peters (Macquarie) and his partner]














    [With son Simon by the Gloriana]





    [with Steve Bean (Illawarra 68-73), his wife Jan (l), Michael Duck (centre right; 69-74) and his wife Jasmine(r)]



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