Sailing is an extremely popular sport at Oakham, both as a competitive and recreational activity. Our close proximity to Rutland Water, one of Europe’s premier inland sailing locations and regular host of the National Championships, means that we have access to superb facilities on our doorstep. Oakham School owns Tera, Feva and Firefly dinghies, and we have membership at Rutland Sailing Club.
Beginners can ‘get on board’ and have a go at sailing without having to buy their own kit. Learners may join a course run by Rutland Sailing School to earn their first RYA qualification. Those who wish to continue may use our boats for recreational sailing or race training. Competitive sailors can join the Rutland Youth and Junior squad, training and racing at County or National level.
Each year teams of Form 6 pupils choose sailing for their Duke of Edinburgh's Gold Award expedition. These teams are non-competitive and can include complete beginners. The pupils sail and live aboard yachts, training in the Solent and English Channel in preparation for an unaccompanied expedition on the Norfolk Broads.
Head of Sailing at Oakham since September 2005. I started teaching in 1995, before which I spent some time in HM Forces, worked for Sunsail and ran a small business. I have sailed for GB and climbed on Everest. Before teaching I was lucky enough to live and work in jungle, desert, mountains and at sea. I teach Computer Science and Digital Creativity. I am married to Katharine and have two children, both at Oakham, and a black Labrador who ‘helps’ on DofE expeditions.