Colin Olden

I only knew Colin for a short time compared to many, having moved to Hamble and approached the lifeboat to join, as I had been on lifeboats elsewhere. Colin was a great teacher, an incredibly skilled coxswain, and a fascinating engineer to watch and occaisionally pass a spanner to! On the water and ashore he was demanding (rightly so), exacting in the standards he expected from crew, and wary until you’d proved yourself – but if he throught you were trying to learn, could be incredibly patient and willing to share his great knowledge of boats, lifeboating, and the Solent.When I then moved to Portland and was based fulltine with HMCG there, it was always good to hear his voice on the radio from our neighbours patch. Fair winds sir, and many condolences to all the family.Simon

Simon Dennis

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