Circle Line: Around London in a small boat – Steffan Meyric Hughes
In 2009, Steffan sailed and rowed a dinghy around London, writing an entertaining and best-selling book about his experiences in 2012. Hear Steffan talk about this voyage, and some of the other adventures and mishaps in eight years of yachting journalism.
Portsmouth and Southampton: a maritime contrast
A Life Under and Over the Waves –
Cruising to the Outer Hebrides –
U-boats, Giant Waves and Climate Change –
All about Ropes – Justin Jones
Justin Jones is Marine Manager at English Braids and will tell us about the history of the company, different types of ropes and how they are made. The evening will conclude with entertaining demonstrations of various types of rope splicing.
Rum, Sodomy and the Lash – Martin Thomas
Accomplished sailor, surgeon and former OCC Commodore, Martin Thomas describes naval traditions and medicine in the age of sail. Scurvy, amputation, surgery at sea, the press gang and the death of Nelson. Not for the squeamish but certainly an interesting evening...
Caribbean Cruising without a budget –
Sailing and boat maintenance - Vyv Cox
Vyv Cox is a mechanical engineer, metallurgist, contributor to Yachting Monthly and keen photographer, who has sailed extensively in cruising yachts. Vyv will share his expertise on yacht maintenance and engineering problems, and describe his cruising in the Mediterranean.
Cast Off for Christmas
More entertaining stories from members about their year’s sailing experiences plus mince pies and seasonal refreshments.