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Upcoming events

    • 10/01/2024
    • 20:00 - 21:30
    • Ashtead Cricket Club
    • 53

    Platforms, Pirates and Pornography

    What connects Screaming Lord Sutch, Gianni Versace, the actor Ralf Little (Death in Paradise) and Doctor Who? While this sounds like a question from Only Connect, the answer actually lies in local east coast waters - the Maunsell Forts.

    These are a series of army and navy forts which were built in the second world war offshore in the North Sea to protect us from enemy airforce and naval incursions.

    These forts played a crucial role in early warning for air and sea raids. Abandoned after the war their history was then varied and, as you can see from the characters mentioned, at times unexpected.

    Some were occupied by Pirate Radio stations while others were used as film locations. One even became a micronation.

    This talk looks at this unique history and the mixed cast of characters involved with these platforms. The talk examines what is left of them and the unique legacy which they have left behind. 

    Andy is not charging for his excellent presentation but he supports a sailing charity for the disabled.  We will have our magic little card reader on hand for the end of the presentation.  Your generosity will be much welcomed.

    Woolverstone Project - Sailing for the disabled

    Organiser:  Dick Beddoe

    • 31/01/2024
    • 20:00 - 21:30
    • Ashtead Cricket Club

     A talk by Sally Kettle - Atlantic Rower

    Inspirational speaker and adventurer, Sally is the first woman to row the Atlantic Ocean twice from East to West, and once with her mother!

     Her speeches are honest, hilarious and informative. With over a decade of experience Sally is able to take her audience on an exhilarating, and often emotional journey. Her stories of rough seas, wild storms, harsh living and encounters with sharks is delivered in stupendous style.

    Sally is the first woman to have rowed across the Atlantic east-west, twice. She first took to the oars in 2003. Following an initial set back to her first Atlantic attempt, she was joined by an unlikely rowing partner - her mother Sarah Kettle. 106 days later they made it into the record books as the world’s first mother and daughter to row an ocean.

    This talk will be quite exceptional and not to be missed.  Get your tickets now as we are confident that this will be a complete sell-out.

    Organiser:  Dick Beddoe

    • 07/02/2024
    • 20:00 - 21:30
    • Ashtead Cricket Club

    From Frank Spencer to Francis Chichester

    Frank started sailing at the tender age of 63, when he was introduced to the Channel Sailing Club.

    After 7 years, he realised that approximately 50% of boat owners were below average.

    So he thought, if they can do it, so can I.

    Then he started racing.................

    Register now and we may put out a chair for you :-) 

    "Tap your card" at the end to support your club charity and club funds :-)

    Free to members - £10 for guests (on the door)

    Organiser:  Dick Beddoe
    • 14/02/2024
    • 20:00 - 21:00
    • Ashtead Cricket Club

    Service your winch and the like...

    Its that time again.  Do your winches click with a lovely clean sound, or is it all gloopy and sticky? 

    Are your winches full of old grease, or no grease at all? 

    Are your pawls broken? 

    Have you checked? (or have you just plastered them with yet another layer of grease for the past five years?)
    Come along for a half hour session on winch cleansing.   Forget the romantic dinner with your partner.  This is far more interesting and useful. 

    Better still, bring your partner along and she/he can reap the benefit of learning how to strip down a winch, degrease, check for cracks and wear, then re-assemble, and re-grease. 

    Way more fun than gazing lovingly across the restaurant table whilst you pay over the odds for an indifferent meal. (Take that ridiculous rose out of your mouth).

    Join us for WINCH evening

    30 mins of your time that will change your life

    (Maybe not but it is useful)

    Organiser: Dick Beddoe
    • 21/02/2024
    • 20:00
    • ACC

    Catch the Tide

    8:00pm @ ACC

    Come to the "Catch The Tide evening" - the all important showcase for sailing and social events over the year

    This is a great opportunity for members to hear about the club's planned activities for the year ahead and sign up as organisers, skippers or crew for events.

    It is hoped that members will sign up early for events enabling berths to be booked in good time.
    It's a great way of having more fun on the water with fellow members.

Past events

29/11/2023 Now two in an hour - 2023
22/11/2023 Biscay - My favourite cruising ground? - Jeremy John
08/11/2023 Tom Cunliffe at the CSC - "Why do we bother?"
31/05/2023 Meteorology Talk - Cold Fronts - re-scheduled - Register now!
12/04/2023 Marine Surveying
29/03/2023 Trinity House talk
22/03/2023 The FastNet Race - Oleg
08/03/2023 HMCG - Tom Barnett - What actually happens when I activate my EPIRB?
22/02/2023 Secrets of the Mary Rose
15/02/2023 Catch the Tide
11/01/2023 The Sailmaker's Whipping - How to prevent frayed rope ends.
18/10/2022 Tom Cunliffe at the Leatherhead Theatre
23/03/2022 Swimming a Course to Steer
09/03/2022 CANCELLED DUE TO COVID Meteorology
12/01/2022 Sails - Construction and Manufacturing
18/11/2021 An Evening with Tom Cunliffe - At the Leatherhead Theatre
10/03/2021 Inspirational cruising destinations of the world
03/03/2021 A chat with Bill
01/04/2020 A Fastnet Experience
11/03/2020 From the Land of Fire to The Land of Ice
04/03/2020 Sail design, Materials & Trim - Cancelled due to Illness - Will be rescheduled
12/02/2020 Weather Systems
05/02/2020 David Sandeman 1976 OSTAR Transatlantic Yacht Race
15/01/2020 Chinese Medicine
04/12/2019 Electronic Navigation Aids
13/11/2019 RNLI Talk & Christmas Cards Sale
06/11/2019 An Evening with Tom Cunliffe
03/04/2019 Stress Free Sailing & Navigation - Duncan Wells
27/03/2019 CSC Sailing Fundamentals - Session 2
13/03/2019 The Commodore goes to the bottom of the World
27/02/2019 North West Passage
13/02/2019 Making Sailing Pay - Ken Fifield
16/01/2019 Singapore Sling goes Scandanavian
12/12/2018 'Confessions of a Yachtmaster Examiner'
07/03/2018 Sailing Around Britain- Ken Endean
28/02/2018 The Trinity House Story- David Whitehead
17/01/2018 Singapore Sling goes to the Baltic
08/11/2017 'HW Tilman's Maritime Experience- Bob Comlay
01/11/2017 The Boats That Made Britain- Tom Cunliffe
01/03/2017 Marine Accident Investigation Board
15/02/2017 National Coastwatch Institution
11/01/2017 Scottish Adventures
23/11/2016 'Man is not Lost'- Tom Cunliffe
16/11/2016 Emergency Response and Turn to Starboard
09/11/2016 The Green Blue- Kate Fortnam
02/03/2016 'Sand, seals and surf - cruising around Norfolk to the Wash'.
24/02/2016 Operation Neptune - National Trust Coast
10/02/2016 Ropes and Knots
20/01/2016 Walking with Lions
13/01/2016 QHM at Portsmouth
16/12/2015 Frosted Earth - Clouds
18/11/2015 Racing and the North West Passage 2013
04/11/2015 The How and Why of Tides
28/10/2015 1st Cuddington (Warspite) Sea Scouts
07/10/2015 Jubilee Sailing Trust
11/02/2015 RYA Handicap System Talk
28/05/2014 Talk about the Gwennili Trust
14/01/2014 Coastwatch Talk
17/12/2013 Marine Accident Investigation Branch Talk
16/04/2013 Talk by Jubilee Sailing Trust
26/03/2013 Talk on a real life Man Over Board situation
19/03/2013 Harken and Ocean Safety Talk
05/02/2013 Talk - Farnborough Aircraft Museum
15/01/2013 Talk - Round Britain in a 17 footer
04/12/2012 Talk and presentation - Solent Sea Rescue Organisation
06/11/2012 Clipper Round the World Race by Tricia Morris
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