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Anyone for Octopush

Dear Merchistonians and Friends

Upcoming events:
Friday 29 January - Business Breakfast at Spartans CFC with Roger Baird (73-78)
Friday 26 February - Business Breakfast with Oliver McCaul (00-05)
Thursday 24 March - Business Breakfast with Roy Robertson (64-69)

Apologies for creating confusion with last week's newsletter, the computer gremlins have been eradicated - unless you tell me differently!

The annual Club magazine is about to go to print, if you've changed address since receiving you copy last year please send me your up-to-date details to ensure you get this years' read.

In case you missed it in last week's news, there will be an informal 'University Speed Dating' event on Friday 15 January to help the current Sixth Formers make their destination choices. If you are in Edinburgh and can 'tell it like it is' please reply to this note.

Does anyone remember playing Octopush in the School pool? Most of us may never have heard of it but I understand that some of you used to play.

Underwater hockey was featured this week in the Scotsman as one of Scotland’s most obscure sports. If you’re still playing we’d love to hear from you. Maybe it could be re-introduced into the co-curricular programme!

And sticking with the watery theme, we heard this week from Gavin Reid (01-06) who met up with Charles Maclean (67-72) in Albany Western Australia after successfully crossing the Southern Ocean in leg 3 of the Clipper Round the World Race.

Gavin has sailed over 15000 miles so far and is currently in the Roaring Forties. His boat Mission Performance is currently lying in 6th overall and won the Andy Ashman Memorial Ocean Sprint. His next stops, subject to good progress, are Sydney (13-26 Dec), Hobart (30 Dec-2 Jan), Airlie Beach (13-17 Jan), Da Nang (18-27 Feb) and Vietnam (12-20 Mar). He would be delighted to meet up with any Merchistonians and is contactable on land at gjlreid@gmail.com or onboard at james_shepherd.cv31@skyfile.com (please title this 'for Gavin' in the subject heading). Gavin may not have sailed before starting the race but is having the time of his life - attempting to rescue a sail in the middle of the night in a Force 10 (gusting Force 11) off the Cape of Good Hope, being bashed by waves on the bow and with humpback whales breaching 50 yards from the boat! More about the race at Clipper Round the World. Good luck with the remainder of the race, Gavin.

Still overseas but this time in the northern hemisphere, Dr Christopher Reid (55-59), our Canada Club rep, was recently over in Edinburgh for his own year group reunion. Renewed with enthusiasm, he is keen to hear from other Merchistonians based in Canada who might like to meet for some networking and reminiscing. Contact him here or via the Club office and we will forward your email.

Finally for this week, if you are about to start your Christmas shopping on-line please help the School fundraising, we have have teamed up with on-line portal easyfundraising.org.uk . Click through to your chosen retailer and they will make a donation to us at no extra cost to you. Thank you in anticipation.

Less than 2 weeks of term to go...

Kind regards


Acting Club Secretary
The Merchistonian Club
Merchiston Castle School

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