Programme Autumn 2018

Talks begin at 8.15pm, bar and coffee open from 7.30pm

Wednesday October 10th

Dave Selby


When the

Wednesday October 17th

Rosemary and Alfred Alecio


In 2006 J

Wednesday October 24th

John Apps


John served

Wednesday October 31st

Captain William Hargreaves

Sharing the Solent - a Southampton Pilot's perspective

Everything you need to know about piloting large vessels in and out of Southampton, from planning to berthing and the requirements to become a Southampton pilot. Bill will tell us how it's done and how he came to be a Senior pilot. This is your chance to meet the expert..     More details

Wednesday November 7th

Kevin Patience

The True Story of the African Queen

Almost everyone has seen the 1953 film ‘The African Queen’ starring Humphrey Bogart and Katherine Hepburn. The film is set in German East Africa (now Tanzania) in the First World War.  New research by Kevin has identified the real events that were adapted to make the story. These are some of the strangest naval true stories to come out of East Africa at that time.  More details

Wednesday November 14th

Jane Percival

Thames Vintage Boat club

The Massey Shaw

Wednesday November 21st

Shaun Pascoe

Turn to Starboard

Colin collaborated with Malcolm Barnsley on the design and

Wednesday November 28th

Ian Shields


An experienced shipmaster, Ian will provide an explanation of what ‘CHIRP’ is and its relevance to leisure users. His talk will include insights on misuse of equipment, interaction between high and low speed craft and examples of when CHIRP’s intervention has made a difference.  More details

Wednesday December 5th

Phil Haigh


Dick Leedham joined the Merchant Navy at the age of 16 as a

Wednesday December 12th

Cast Off for Christmas

Members and their guests will enjoy the usual short presentations about sailing incidents, photo competition, quiz and festive entertainment, all accompanied by snacks and mulled wine.

Please get your photos ready for the photo competition. Boats and Sailing, Scenic and Humorous categories; prints no larger than A5 or email the photo to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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