Bob (Bobbert) Jennings – Class of March 2007
Bob worked for the same laboratory supplies company for 32 years – in laboratories, human resources, IT management and European marketing. When he took early retirement he home-built a Swallow Boat stitch and glue ‘Storm 15’. He enjoyed the build and wanted to learn more about traditional boat building techniques so joined the Academy, where he built a 10′ traditional clinker rowing/sailing boat as part of the course. On graduation Bob worked for Paragon Training and completed teacher training qualifications. He then, despite a long commute from his home in Swanage to Lyme Regis, rejoined the Academy as an Assistant Instructor and then Instructor. In 2012 Bob said farewell to the commute and managed the development and delivery of marine skills training at Bournemouth and Poole College, delivering skills to, among others, Sunseeker staff and apprentices. Bob then retired. He rented a workshop. The novelty of retirement was good… until he started feeling old. Which he isn’t. Bob emailed the Academy about a job in Chile on the day we started looking for an Instructor. After a very short discussion he decided Chile was too far away and he’d rather be in Lyme Regis. Bob is now one of our four full-time boat building Instructors.