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SPRING PROGRAMME 2001

Wednesday 17th January

CRUISING CUBA AND THE WEST CARIBBEAN.

Mike Manzoni's cruise with Association member Peter Lawrence to Cuba, Guatemala and Belize provides fascinating contrasts to the better known Eastern Caribbean chain of islands.

Wednesday 24th January

VIBRATION & NOISE SUPPRESSION.

John Grazebrook explains the problems and tells all we need to know to make life on board far more comfortable.

Wednesday 31st January

REAL RESCUES.

Tony Glaze, RNLI Coxswain, recounts real life drama in tales of actual rescues.

Saturday 3rd February

SATURDAY SPECIAL - FLARE DEMONSTRATION.

Laurie Tate, RYA instructor, shows how to handle marine pyrotechnics. Hands-on experience invaluable for ALL the crew.

Wednesday 7th February

LIFE OF ARTHUR RANSOME.

We all read Swallows and Amazons, but what of the author? Brian Hammett, Vice President of the East Coast Old Gaffers Association and life-long fan, unveils the background of this fascinating man.

Wednesday 14th February

CELTIC VOYAGE.

Association member George Lipscombe's Summer 2000 cruise took in Southern Ireland, Wales, Cornwall and Brittany before returning to Plymouth. A Celtic voyage indeed....

Wednesday 21st February

RIGGING FOR SINGLE AND SHORT-HANDED SAILING.

John Passmore, rig expert from Selden Masts (Europe's largest spar manufacturer) shares his considerable knowledge on this important topic.

Wednesday 28th February

SEEKING SCENERY, SECLUSION AND SINGLE MALTS!

Association member Peter Poole cruises western Scotland and the distilleries.

Wednesday 7th March

SYDNEY 2000 OLYMPIC YACHTING.

RYA's team manager John Derbyshire describes the selection and training of our Olympic contestants, together with his memories of events leading to Britain's most successful ever medal tally.

Wednesday 14th March

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING AND OPEN FORUM.

Followed by your last chance to hear the confessions and blunders of those committee members retiring that evening!

Saturday 17th March

ANNUAL DINNER.

At the Bell House Hotel, Gerrards Cross.