Learn to Ski at 30 West School of Sailing – The Ski Slope at 30 West
I have a story which ties together both sailing and skiing in an educational context. During my time as a Marine Engineer I joined the “Manchester Concorde”, an Atlantic container ship. The Chief Engineer loved skiing and, on one voyage, he had his skis with him to go skiing on our arrival in Canada. During the crossing towards Canada, with the ship rolling back and forth like a pendulum and half way across the Atlantic ( 30 West), the chief told me to put on his skis and step onto the nylon runner which run Port to Starboard across his spacious accommodation. With the ship rolling , very soon I was “skiing” from Port to Starboard, doing a ski turn and then “skiing” from Starboard to Port. I “leant” to ski at 30 West which is half way across the North Atlantic.! This memory was prompted by a conversation in a very prestigious school
When I was visiting high profile boarding schools, during the setting up of the Study and Travel company of McEwen and Howard, I asked a question of a school located in the Cotswolds. The question was “Do have any sailing experiences within your programmes?”. The response was “No, we do not do sales” When I corrected her understanding to that of sailing, she replied “No, we have no water here”, to which I replied, “You have no snow but you spend a lot of money on skiing.”
My question was prompted by a remark made by Mr Andrew McEwen who is an adviser to McEwen and Howard.
Mr Andrew McEwen is the chairman of International Education Systems (IES) who completed his initial Teacher Training at the University of Wales and studied for his Post-graduate Diploma in Education Management at the University of Leicester. He, also, holds an M.A. in Organisation and Planning and Management in Education from the University of Reading.
Andrew has 25 years experience in Education management – including 6 years as a Deputy Head and 16 years as a Head in a number of world class schools in the U.K., U.S.A. and Central and South America-many of which are leading International Baccalaureate institutions.
Additionally, Andrew has been a Consultant to a number of International School Projects in Europe, the U.S. and South America as well as advising a number of education ministries on school based topics.
This wide experience in private, independent education has focused on the development of world standard curricula and a variety of value-added services designed to enhance all-round pupil performance.
With Andrew’s wide knowledge of the Education sector, when he told me that schools spend billions on skiing holidays but almost zero on sailing I had to take notice.
Some time ago, Andrew and I discussed the possibility of chartering a ship to carry out semesters at sea. Not widely known is that a ship named the SS Uganda carried thousands of underprivileged children from the UK on voyages to give their education a boost. This was in the 1960’s and 1970’s. Although the discussion is dormant it is not dead
You may wish to follow the links to articles on this iconic vessel which served the British Merchant Navy in times of peace and war.
This is a COLOMBIAN+ STUDENT+ HELPLINE ARTICLE
This vessel provided adventure at sea, education for all and if you dared to jump of the stern you may have had a great water skiing expereince