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In 1999 I was awarded the MBE in the Birthday Honours list, for work in sail training – which I share with all members of Scouts Offshore. It is they who have all contributed a lot to make it the success it has become.

I hope this will continue in the future after I have gone – if it fails I shall come back and haunt you, so beware.

The day at Buckingham Palace was a highlight in my life, which I was able to share with Thelma and my two daughters.

The Queen showed quite an interest in the Sail Training work that we are doing – saying that it must be a very good way to build character in young people.

In 2000 Graham Barnes gave up the post of Chairman after 10 years in the job, and Bob Atkins took over as the new Chairman, and Penny Atkins taking over from me in 2001 will I am sure lead Scouts Offshore on to new horizons.

Ken Wright Principal for far too long.


At some stage in the early part of the new Millennium, I think after Ken had stood down, I was the only person who had a Yachtmaster Instructor's qualification, so was appointed Senior Sailing Instructor in order to maintain our RYA approval. Once Penny got her YMI ticket it was OK, of course and when Bob was running the show the same thing applied until he also qualified.

By Alistair Macfadyen

Ken retired from Scouts Offshore on 31st December 2001. Not long after retiring Ken Wright decided to move house. The move from West Mersea to Buxton was to enable him to live closer to his daughter, and the grandchildren, who resided in that Derbyshire town. Sadly, not long after he moved, he passed away. So he was unable to really enjoy his well-earned retirement. His funeral took place, in Colchester, in the autumn of 2002.

By John Meggitt

Chapter 9: The end of an era