Wednesday 25th November



Jimmy Cornell


Atlantic crossing planning and an Arctic voyage

Having just completed a 10,000 miles voyage on his new yacht Aventura that took him from London to Greenland, Arctic Canada, Newfoundland, US east coast and the Bahamas, Jimmy will tell us about voyage planning, the new Atlantic Odyssey rally and some of his experiences. This is both an interesting story and also very useful for any sailor  bound for the tropics or the high latitudes.

This summer Jimmy has also completed a transit of the North West passage. Click here to see the photos.


Wednesday 13th January

Jeremy Batch

Going Boldly - Across, Beneath and Beyond the Ocean

One of our favourite speakers, Jeremy returns to entertain us with a wide ranging and amusing account of marine historical developments that we all take for granted today.


What sort of lifejackets did the ancient Egyptians wear, and how did the Inuit make their kayaks self-righting?  How did the Assyrians manage to swim in full armour, and when did we first learn to breathe underwater?  How is it that we have overcome scurvy but not been able to do the same with seasickness?  How did the shipworm help Marc Brunel to drive a tunnel under the Thames, and why was the champagne flat at the party?  How did the tomato worm and an underwear company help twelve men to walk on the Moon, and what will the next generation of spacesuits and diving suits look like?  Who were Gill, Gore, Hansen, Musto, Henri and Lloyd, and if we can land men on the Moon, why can't we make a warm, waterproof glove?  You may not have thought about these questions before but Jeremy has all the answers !..

      Wednesday 9th March

Colin Palmer

Traditional Boatbuilding Around the World

Boats in Vietnam

Around the world, traditional boats are built without plans, using skills and traditions handed down over the generations. This talk will take you around the world, comparing and contrasting the different approaches and explain the evolution of boatbuilding in Europe. Colin has worked in boat design and overseas development, improving the energy efficiency of traditional boats. His work has taken him to many countries, including India, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Nigeria and Madagascar, where he was able to study the great variety of different boat building techniques. He has presented the results of his studies at Maritime Archaeology conferences; they have also been published in the International Journal of Nautical Archaeology and in his book  "Boats of South Asia".


Wednesday 2nd December

Capt Ian McNaught

From Cruise Liners to Trinity House

With 40 years maritime experience, having been Master of the QE2 and Queen Victoria in his day job at Cunard before joining Seabourn, Ian then became Executive Director and now Deputy Master of Trinity House. He was in command of the QE2 on her final voyage to Dubai in November 2008. He will tell us about these roles and he has some fascinating stories to tell.

 Wednesday 20th January

Giles Milton

Nathaniel's Nutmeg and Fascinating Footnotes in History

Giles Milton is a writer who specialises in narrative history. His books have been published in twenty languages worldwide and are international best-sellers. He is best known for his 1999 best-selling title, Nathaniel's Nutmeg, a historical account of the violent struggle between the English and Dutch for control of the world supply of nutmeg in the early 17th century. This book was serialised by BBC Radio 4.  In the eastern spice trade, nutmeg was worth more than gold and we shall hear fascinating stories that make our past so intriguing.