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Autumn 2008

A life on the Ocean Wave – John Goode

Cruising past, present and future - a light-hearted talk putting across a few serious messages. John is the ex-editor of Sailing Today, Principal of the Southern Sailing School, and has responsibility for the Special Features for National Boat Shows Limited.

Women who built warships - Helen Doe

During the Napoleonic wars two of the yards supplying urgently-needed ships to the Royal Navy were run by widows and one of these yards on the Thames was one of the largest businesses in the country. Hear how Mrs Barnard and Mrs Ross managed their complex businesses and dealt with the important officers of the Navy Board.

My Favourite Anchorage

Six club members will describe one of their favourite overnight stopping places, which might even be an anchorage! Please bring your 'cockpit nibbles' to enhance the illusion of a relaxing evening spent swinging at anchor.

Pilotage in the Port of London and elsewhere 
Captain Don Cockrill FNI

Captain Cockrill gives an insight into the often little-known world of pilotage, explaining the contribution that port and offshore pilotage makes to all of our everyday lives in one of the major and certainly most prestigious ports of Europe if not the world – London.

A year at sea - Malta to the Caribbean 
John Dawson and Bernie Smallman.

Club members John and Bernie tell how they took their charter-scheme boat, adapted it for living aboard and sailed through the Mediterranean Sea and across the Atlantic Ocean to explore the Caribbean.

To Russia with Love - Jonathan Walmsley

Jonathan describes his cruise from the East Coast of the UK in his Shipman 28 with his all girl crew to St Petersburg in Russia. Highlights include being shot at by the Polish border authorities and running into a Baltic port without an engine in a full gale.

Arctic Circle & Iceland - almost - and back, single-handed 
Roger Taylor

Roger cruised non-stop from Burnham-on-Crouch to Plymouth last year passing the Shetlands and almost reaching the Arctic Circle en-route. He describes his 'amazing' summer on Mingming - a junk-rigged Corribee 21 - with the help of video footage.

Weather, IT and Gipsy Moth IV

Andrew Eccleston of the University of Plymouth and weather adviser to Gypsy Moth IV will give an academic's view of yachting.

Going West slowly: Falmouth to the Canaries - Simon Fraser

Simon returns to describe Falmouth to the Canaries in two leisurely summer cruises. Ten weeks meandering into Spanish Rias and down the Portuguese coast to Lagos for the winter of 2006, then on to Madeira and the Canaries in 2007

Cast off for Christmas

Our traditional members' evening of yarns, light entertainment and mince pies ahead of the Christmas break.