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Autumn 2009

"Rough Pilotage and Rough Water" - Ken Endean

Ken Endean well known author of pilot books and regular YM contributor will talk to us about some of his experiences in "London Apprentice" his shallow draft 27' yacht.

Helicopter Round Britain, Coastal Views - Colin Lewis

Colin Lewis, Commodore Royal Southampton Yacht Club shows a fascinating film of a round Britain helicopter flight made in Spring 2008 exploring many areas of familiar coastline

View from the Bridge - Captain Colin Johnston

Captain Colin Johnston Master Mariner and former P & O Master illustrates the view from the bridge of a container ship and describes latest detection equipment radar and AIS, of vital importance to cross Channel yachtsmen.

A Memorable Passage - Member’s Evening.

Bring along your cockpit snacks to share. A bottle of wine will be given to the table with the most enticing fare
- judges promise not to eat them all! Hear a number of your fellow club members describe 'A Memorable Passage' that they have made. These may be exciting, enchanting or just a 'cracking sail'. Come along and be entertained by your fellow members.

Weather - Norman Lynagh

Norman Lynagh is keen sailor who is a Chartered Meteorologist and Fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society. He provides weather forecasts to a range of industries and expert information to legal and insurance companies. He will explain how to interpret weather forecasts and how to develop your own forecasting method.

Four cruises of the “Grampus” - Chris Woodwark

Club members Chris Woodwark and his crew, Russell Wendover, Richard Ogden, Jim Cannon and Terry Smart will give us a presentation on their cruises between the Isle of Man, Northern Ireland, the Outer Hebrides, St Kilda, the West coast, Orkneys and the East coast undertaken since 2000.

Saturday Special - Radio Controlled Yachts

As a change from the more usual instructional events, we shall be racing radio controlled yachts on Taplow Lake. These are the same yachts supplied by Mike Weston that were such a success at the Boat Show. Hot soup included.

World Circumnavigation in a Westerly 41 - Bernard Clarke

Bernard's illustrated presentation will cover the pro and cons of doing a circumnavigation within two years and under the auspices of a World Rally. He will describe some of the wonderful countries and cultures that he, and in part his wife, experienced and the challenges he faced when Ocean sailing aboard ' Golden Eye of Chichester'.

King Alfred and Limehouse - Jeremy Batch

Limehouse Basin is the home of the Cruising Association. Jeremy will cover the history of this area, important to Great Britain's navigation from the time of King Alfred all the way to the 2012 Olympics. Highlights include our border with Scandinavia, London's lifeline in the Great Plague, tidal power, Britain's first aeroplane, gunpowder, the bouncing glass, gin and the dog biscuit.

Solent Archaeology - Brandon Mason

Brandon Mason is Project Officer of The Hants and Wight Trust for Maritime Archaeology. He will tell us about the unseen yet important sites that we are sailing past, or indeed over, during our Solent passages.

Cast off for Christmas

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