Jennifer Kirk (98-07) recently graduated from the University of Birmingham with a 2:1 in Georgraphy. After finishing her exams she decided to join a tall ship (the Lord Nelson) in Sydney, Australia and sail in the first tall ships race to Auckland, New Zealand. This was with a charity called the Jubilee Sailing Trust (JST) which operates two tall ships designed to be fully accessible and sailed by crew of all physical abilities.
She enjoyed herself so much she decided to stay on board from Auckland down to Wellington and then on to Nelson.
Whilst the ship was in Wellington there were three days of maintenance and tours around the ship. To help facilitate this, two gentlemen joined, Ron Bird and Paul Kennerley (60-65), who is a former JST trustee. Over breakfast one morning it was discovered that not only were they all from Yorkshire but that Ron was born in Pocklington and that both Jennifer and Paul were at Pocklington School. What followed was an extremely enjoyable few days reminiscing over their days at the school, particularly since Paul emigrated to New Zealand just over a year ago.
The photograph shows the three of them aboard the ship with Paul on the left and Ron on the right.
Jennifer commented: “It was such a remarkable coincidence meeting another OP at the other side of the world!”
In response to this story OP David Leggott (48-55) wrote in to say that after he left Pocklington in 1955 he sailed on the ship that won the very first tall ships race sailing from Torbay to Lisbon in 1956. According to David she was called the Moyana,and unfortunately sank in heavy seas on the way back. All the crew were rescued by a merchant ship that happened to be close by. David was at The School of Navigation,Southampton immediately after leaving school and prior to joining the P&O as a cadet in Feb 1957.
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