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CCF benefit from OPs knowledge and expertise.

OP Andrew Adams (79-84) visited the College in November to share his knowledge and expertise with the CCF Royal Navy Section
22 Nov 2023
Written by Alex Garnier
College News
Bends & Hitches
Bends & Hitches

On Thursday 16 November Andrew Adams (1979 to 1984, Hesperus) visited the College to share some of his extensive knowledge and practical working experience with our CCF Royal Naval cadets. On this occasion, he gave them an introduction to ‘Cordage - Bends and Hitches’ (aka Knots).

He also gave them an insight into the benefits of an education at the College in the late 1970s and early 1980s when Seamanship was a timetabled subject, you could achieve an O Level (former qualification to GCSEs) in Navigation, and there was life experience aboard MFV Sheemaun. The latter was a beautiful 1930s classic Gentleman’s Motor Yacht and an ideal boat in which to learn about the sea because of its generous accommodation, two engines, and gaff ketch rig.

From 1987 to 2022 Andrew served in the Royal Navy Reserves. He was appointed Skipper of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s Rowbarge, Gloriana, from 2014 to 2022. With Ben Maxwell OP as First Mate, in July 2017 Andrew was the Skipper of Gloriana for the College’s Centenary Rowpast at Henley Royal Regatta.

Andrew described how on the day of Her Late Majesty’s funeral in September 2022 the Rowbarge was at Runnymede clad in black with oars tossed in salute as the cortege passed by and made its final journey to Windsor Castle. 

He also explained to the cadets that an important part of his career has been boat haulage. This has included looking after classic umpire launches, such as those used at Henley Royal Regatta, as well as being on the team of skippers of these special boats.

Thank you so much, Andrew, for coming!


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