Wednesday 19th January

James Littlewood

Cruising through Life, BC to the Hanson Cup

 This talk will be on Zoom only 

James receiving the Hanson Trophy from Mike Golding

James returns to reflect, in his usual entertaining style, on his sailing career and tell us about his cruising on the coastal and inland waterways of Northwest Europe. He recently won the prestigious Cruising Association Hanson Trophy for his 2020 log of his travels “Escape from Covid”.

The first part of his talk will cover his sailing from May 1979, when he took delivery of an Achilles 24 (23ft 9 inches), to his present boat - a 13m Dutch Steel motorboat Paddington V. He will talk about the Stockholm Archipelago, the eastern Baltic, the Norwegian Arctic Circle, and the change from sail to power. He might mention being arrested on arrival in Ijmuiden and being chased and hounded by a Russian destroyer. In the second part he will talk about his 2020 cruise to the Netherlands and his following the route of H M Doughty who sailed there in 1889.