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Spring 2007

The Baltic via the Waddenzee and Wattfahrwassers

Club members Reg & Chris Hadwen tell of sailing their Southerly 110 through the drying channels of the Frisian and Friesian Islands on their way to the Baltic.

Jester Challenge - Transatlantic Race

Club member John Apps will share his coastal and ocean sailing experiences including weather prediction methods and his challenges in Glayva, a UFO27, during the 2006 single-handed race from which 80% of the boats retired due to bad weather.

Roscoff to La Rochelle

Club members Phil & Jill Snowden sailed to La Rochelle in 2004 intending to return in 2005. They are still there and will show us some of the delights of Western France.

Jane Slade: Inspiration for Daphne du Maurier's first novel

Helen Doe, maritime historian, author and lecturer, tells the truth behind the fiction about three generations of seafarers and shipbuilders who were dominated by one remarkable woman and her ship.

The Cruising Association Victory Rally around Britain

Douglas Addison talks about his part solo sail round Britain in his 31 ft. ketch in the Cruising Association 2005 Victory Rally, in the 200th anniversary year of Trafalgar.

Sailing with Gipsy Moth IV on the East Coast of Australia

Jeremy Graham will tell of his experiences as a watch leader for a few weeks on Gipsy Moth IV in summer 2006 with a crew of disadvantaged children.

A Cruise to the Magical Fjords of Norway

Club member Peter Poole sails from Birdham via Lowestoft, returning via Orkney, West Scotland and Ireland - all in six weeks and only two gales.

Mutiny, Murder & Mayhem: the 1797 Spithead Mutiny

Dr Ann Coats, expert on eighteenth century naval history tells of the Mutiny borne out of a grievance that naval seamen had not had a pay rise for 144 years.

In the Wake of Ernest Shackleton

After the loss of the Endeavour, Shackleton set off from Elephant Island to seek help in a converted whaler, James Caird. Trevor Potts built a replica of the James Caird and sailed it from Elephant Island to South Georgia. He tells the story of the preparations and the voyage.

AGM - Followed by a talk by Club member Ken Moss

An East coast cruise from the Deben to Orkney and back - sometimes single-handed.

Annual Dinner - Datchet Water Sailing Club

Roger Taylor, South Pacific tall ships shipwreck survivor, is our after dinner speaker.