MORIAH alumnus David Avidan won bronze in the Property Industry Foundation’s Sydney Charity Regatta last month, raising money for homeless youth.
Joined by “good mate” Calvin Curdie and professional skipper Mack Broom, the team finished third out of 47 yachts.
“My first regatta was the charity regatta … [which] was an experience to remember,” said Avidan. The event raised over $275,000 in support of Haven House homeless youth shelter projects.
Attending Moriah College for most of his school career, Avidan first became interested in sailing during his year at boarding school.
“It wasn’t until I left Sydney for Geelong Grammar’s Timbertop boarding school that I got interested, thanks to other students’ stories of sailing.
“There was one issue though – the campus is 300 kilometres from water.”
It was only once Avidan was back in Sydney in 2014 that he was able to take up sailing, an experience to which he quickly became “hooked”.
He since completed a commerce degree and studied interior design in Florence, Italy.
Avidan is now operations manager of family-owned Dare Property Group and co-founder and director of South Head Developments.
He spent most of his time in lockdown in Sydney last year honing his sailing skills.
“COVID-19 provided me with an opportunity to really get into my craft,” Avidan said.
He fondly remembers his time at Moriah College.
“Judaism is a big part of my life and I’m very proud of my roots.”