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PROGRAMME - SPRING 2004

Weds 7th Jan

A THIRD YEAR INTO THE VOYAGE OF A LIFETIME

Club members Karin Wilkinson and Andrew Walker return to tell of their adventures and voyaging aboard their Vancouver 32 along the Croatian Coast.

Weds 14th Jan

OPTIMIST GOES NORTH

Members Mike and Mary Allan tell us how Optimist, a Westerly Oceanquest, went North last Summer on her third adventurous voyage around Britain.

Weds 21st Jan

SEPTUAGENARIAN CROSSES ATLANTIC SINGLE HANDED

Eleanor Timms returns to talk of her experiences when she took her own small yacht across the Atlantic via the Cape Verde Islands to Trinidad and Venezuela.
Weds 28th Jan

PASSAGE MAKING USING WEATHER FORECASTS

Frank Singleton, well known meteorologist and author, tells us about weather forecasting and how it is used to its best advantage for passage planning.

Weds 4th Feb

TEN DAYS BEFORE THE MAST

Paul Covell, a well travelled Club member, relates how he spent ten days before the mast of a Russian Square Rigger during the Cutty Sark Tall Ships Race.
Weds 11th Feb

PALMERSTON FOLLIES

Cdr Bruce Nicholls, OBE RN (retd.), an expert Historian, relates the interesting story of the Solent Forts which stand guarding the Eastern entrance to the Solent and Portsmouth Harbour.
Weds 18th Feb

GOBLIN RETURNS TO FLUSHING

Bryan Bonser talks about the return of Arthur Ransom's boat 'NANCY BLACKETT' to Flushing. Nancy was Goblin in We didn't mean to go to sea'.

Sat 21st Feb

First Aid Practical Course

...in order to update certificates. Tutor-Peter Pocock.

Weds 25th Feb

THE ROAD TO MANDALAY

David Lane, a long standing Club member, returns to take us on a River Boat journey up the Irrawaddy River into the heartland of Burma.

Weds 3rd Mar

NAVIGATION MADE EASY

Ken Bottrell and club members show us how easy it is to navigate across the Channel under sail and in a power boat, enabling more members to venture forth this summer and join our cruise.

Weds 10th Mar

AGM followed by BUILDING A MARINERS LIBRARY

Rod Paton, a Club member, will give us ideas for building a Mariners Library.

Sat 13th Mar

DINNER AT THE ROYAL THAMES YACHT CLUB, KNIGHTSBRIDGE

Our Speaker will be David Pitman, Secretary of the 'J Class yachts'.

Weds 6th Oct The Autumn 2004 Programme starts with Club member Peter Poole recounting details of his voyage down to Spain and Portugal.