Joseph Schooling with family friends Owen de Souza and Gerry de Souza

Mr. Schooling (Joseph’s father) was one of the pioneer members in the early years of the Singapore Power Boat Association.


SPBA’s founder member and president Mr. Gerard Basil de Souza with Minister Lawrence Wong during his Sport Singapore farewell reception.
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The Early Years – Fishing off Bedok – East Coast Beach

Captain William Francis

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It was on a hot Sunday afternoon in 1976 on a beach off Marine Parade, that I decided that I would pursue boating and fishing as my hobby. It fascinated me, to see the local fishermen bring in their catch, comprising huge jumping prawns and hundreds of Selar Kunning. All in a day’s catch. My intense curiosity gave me the courage to ask them many questions on fishing. Soon I became a volunteer deck hand, helping a Mr Lim mann the nets and haul in catch after catch of large prawns & fish. Live was simple and lots of fun then. It wasn’t until 1978, prior to joining the Navy that I got my own boat, a wooden sampan with an Evinrude 4Hp. It was to be the start of a life-long passion for the sea and a love for boats. It soon became an obsession, one that would not ever go away…

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