Category Archives: News

Naming of two 19th century replica Pilot Cutters – 3 April 2024

  Two replica 19th century Cornish Pilot Cutter rowing boats used to raise thousands of Singapore Dollars for a global welfare charity 10 years ago, have found a new purpose – to train high school maritime students and future African seafarers studying in Simon’s Town, South Africa. The boats were officially renamed today, Wednesday 3 […]

APPLICATIONS OPEN 11 MARCH!

Grade 9 students from across South Africa who wish to apply to join our programme in 2025, in their Grade 10 year, are to please read all the details on this website. See the APPLY page or click here. Please note that incomplete applications will be discarded.  All entries need to be delivered by hand […]

LEGACIES AND CELEBRATIONS

If you were unable to attend the end of year Lawhill Awards celebration, you will find the link to the highlights of this popular annual event in the link below, which also contains video tributes to larger-than-life maritime legends, Sean Day and Phil Wade. Here’s the link.. https://mailchi.mp/5eb8d147379c/larger-than-life-mentorstributes-and-impactaward-winners-and-more-5651083 The link also contains a SUBSCRIBE button […]

REMEMBERING PHIL WADE

Phil Wade, one of Lawhill’s most passionate supporters and the co-founder of the maritime mentoring initiative, www.marineinspirations.org, passed away suddenly on 18 November 2023.  Phil – 1960 Click on the links below to read maritime journalist Brian Ingpen’s tribute to Phil and a montage of photo memories relating to his work on Marine Inspirations and […]

INDUSTRY RECOGNITION FOR LAWHILL HEAD

The South African International Maritime Institute (SAIMI), has presented the “Imbokodo in Maritime Awards” –  which recognises the efforts of women within the sector and the contribution they make in paving the way for new entrants and the future of the maritime industry – since 2022.  Debbie Owen, won the inaugural Imbokodo ‘’Best Mentor’’ award […]

MARINE INSPIRATIONS TRIP TO SPAIN – DAILY REPORTS

Our four students had a fantastic learning experience in Spain in September 2023.  An enormous thank you to Mr Phil Wade, Mrs Anne Wade and all the Marine Inspirations supporters and sponsors who made this trip possible… they include: A2B Projects Yacht “Mirage” Captain Colin Richardson. Capt James Gilmour Captain Nick Jackson Captain Mark McDowell […]

PAYING IT FORWARD – GIVING A LITTLE – GIVING A LOT

Between 2014 and 2019, Marine Inspirations successfully brought maritime students from under-served communities in South Africa to Palma de Mallorca in Spain, offering them a life-changing experience and nurturing their maritime dreams by introducing them the superyacht industry. These trips are back on after a brief postponement in 2020-2022 as a result of COVID.  The […]

STARBOARD TO SUCCESS – Broadening horizons and access to opportunities

Alexander Owen shares the story of an initiative that gives South African students the opportunity to learn about the superyacht industry in Palma de Mallorca … Four Grade 12 students, Liyabona Njingolo, from the Royal Cape Yacht Club, alongside, Simamkele Ntingiso, Nhlakanipho Lebengu and Liqhawe Mdoda from the Lawhill Maritime Centre at Simon’s Town School, […]