Wednesday 14th January
RNLI Poole Lifeboat building
David leads 400 staff who design, build and repair RNLI lifeboats. He will explain how their engineering capability keeps the Search and Rescue service going and tell us about the new all-weather Lifeboat Centre in Poole, in which future Lifeboats will be built and maintained.
David was commissioned into the Royal Air Force in 1982 and worked for many years in engineering roles on Tornado and then Chinook helicopters, firstly as the Senior Engineering Officer on the Joint Special Forces Aviation Wing and latterly commanding RAF Odiham’s Engineering and Supply Wing. He served on operations in the Middle East during the 1990 – 91 Gulf War and in Sierra Leone in 2000. He joined the RNLI as Engineering and Supply Director in June 2007.
Wednesday 21st January
Remember to turn left this time
We last heard about Vagabond when GXSA member Rob Johnstone left her at Balvicar after part 1 of his single handed circumnavigation of Britain. He returns to tell us the rest of the tale that includes a near capsize off Wells, confusion off Aberdeen, a raid through the Caledonian Canal and fog off the Old Man of Hoy.
Follow Rob (and Vagabond) as they wander around Britain. Go to http://vagabond-round-britainblogspot.co.uk/ and become a follower!
Wednesday 28th January
World War 2 Destroyers
Former GXSA member Colin will tell us about the marine engineering and weaponry of the CA class of Destroyers and their roles in escorting Arctic Convoys, Monster Escorting of troop ships in the Western Approaches and mopping up Operations in the Far East. This is backed up by stories of his own experience as the Electrical Officer aboard HMS Caprice (a CA Class destroyer) during her 1960-62 Commission in the Far East, based in Singapore.
Wednesday 4th February
River Cruising in Western Europe
After 60,000 adventurous sea miles, James Littlewood has replaced his yacht with a 13m steel motor boat. He expected the change from sailing to provide a relaxing time on the inland waterways of Europe. He now considers "worse things happen at sea" to be a myth!
Wednesday 11th February
The Glory of the Ride
He's back, after 2 years and 26,000 Miles in his Rival 34. True to his motto “Passage Plans rarely survive the first Gale”, John Apps has sailed to Greenland, Brazil, Cape Town (twice..) the Southern Ocean, St Helena, Ascension Island and the Azores.