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PROGRAMME - SPRING 2005

Weds Jan 5th

A JOURNEY NORTHWARDS VIA THE IRISH SEA

Club Member George Lipscomb returns to tell us of his 2003 Summer Voyage northwards aboard his Kingfisher to the Northern Isles of Orkney and Shetland.

Weds Janl2th

SEA BRITAIN 2005

Steven Riley, Director of Maritime Heritage, comes to tell us of the way in which the sea touches our lives and how they are leading The Celebration of special events in the Trafalgar Festivals around the country.

Weds Jan 19th

"BACK TO BASICS" and VALSHEDA vs. RANGER

David Pitman returns to give us advice on the finer points of sailing, before relating an illustrated story of the clash -a very nasty clash - during one of the best yacht races ever seen.

Weds Jan 26th

RING AROUND THE ISLE OF MULL

Kathy Mansfield shows us more wonderful pictures of her visit to the burial place of Scottish kings and to waters that have inspired shipwreck tales and overtures.

Weds Feb 2nd

CARIBBEAN CAPERS

John Rugg, David Horn and John Hayward, Club Members, give illustrated talks of their various experiences whilst charter sailing in the Caribbean.

Weds Feb 9th

FROM LONGITUDE BY POCKET WATCH TO PC BASED PLOTTER

Tom Cunliffe takes a light-hearted look at the changes many of us have seen in our sailing lifetimes.

Weds 16th

CRUISING KATTEGAT TO SKAGERRAK

Winners of the Cruising Association's Dugon Cup, Anne and Dennis Kell return to describe their 4 week cruise from Denmark to Sweden, through the Western archipelago to Norway and back, sailing in a Wayfarer.

Sat Feb 19th

SATURDAY SPECIAL ON RADAR

Alison Noice returns to tutor us in the practical use of radar with a RYA Certificate on completion.

Weds Feb 23rd

FROM COOK TO COMPUTORS

Tony Wooldridge charts the history of the UK Hydrographic Office from its foundation in 1795 to the present day. This presentation includes illustrations from the UKHO's extensive archives showing surveying and modern production methods and covers some of the most recent "Admiralty" branded products

Weds Mar 2nd

CRUISING TO THE LOFOTEN ISLANDS

John Duff gives an illustrated talk about the challenge of organising a club cruise to NW Scotland, Shetlands and Lofoten Islands and back. This involved a total of 36 crew and 4500 miles sailing in 17 weeks, benefiting from the best summer in Arctic Norway for 50 years.

Weds Mar 9th

AGM followed by CRUISING STYLES 65 YEARS AGO

Mike Goffe, a club member will tell us what cruising really used to be like in his early days of skippering sailing boats .

SATURDAY Mar 12th

DINNER AT BOVENY BOATHOUSE, DORNEY LAKE

Our Speaker will be Alan Priddy, Director of Offshore Expeditions, talking about "Our Lively Lady, the story so far".

Weds Oct 5th Start of your Autumn Programme.