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Former pupil, Richard Lett (Collingwood 1975-80), recently spotted some information about our new Sailing Academy and was prompted to get in touch with his old school!

Richard Lett

Richard Lett

Richard recently retired from a 20 year career in the Metropolitan Police as a Personal Protection Officer to the Royal Family and was recently awarded the MVO in the 2013 New Year’s Honours.

He learnt to sail whilst at the Royal Hospital School as a way to ‘escape’ the school boundaries; learning a skill that has become a lifelong passion. Richard has raced in two double-handed Round Britain and Ireland races, two double-handed Fastnets, and races with the Solo Offshore Racing Club, RORC and the Royal Southampton YC in their solo and shorthanded classes.

Next week Richard takes part in the OSTAR2013 race; a single-handed transatlantic 3000 nautical mile (5600km) race from Plymouth to Newport, Rhode Island, in his 32ft VQ32 ‘Velocity Girl’. Richard is racing for a charity called ‘Pathways to Children’, based in the USA, and he will be raising funds to support their mission of providing Education and Health for the children of Mumbai, India.

Richard_Lett_RHS_Boat

Velocity Girl

The race starts at noon on Monday 27th May, 2013, and if Richard makes it to Newport RI, he intends to ship to Chicago and enter the ‘Mackinac’ – the longest fresh water race in the world.

To find out more, Richard’s Facebook page is at https://www.facebook.com/RichardLettRacing?fref=ts and race information, including tracking, can be found at http://ostar.rwyc.org

The Royal Hospital School wishes Richard the very best of luck and will be following his progress with interest! We hope to welcome him back to his old school in the very near future.