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HMCS Oriole has a new skipper

HMCS Oriole has a new skipper.

Cmdr. Jim Sprang of the Coastal Defence Group took over from Lt.-Cmdr Erik James in a short ceremony at CFB Esquimalt today.

The first challenge for Kibble will be to sail the 90-year old Ketch-rigged ship in the 68th Swiftsure Race on Saturday (May 28).

He hopes the winds are big enough to move Oriole faster than the 10-metre sailboat Electra skippered by his father, Roger.

HMCS Oriole is the sailing training ship of the Canadian Forces.