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RNLI Presentation and Christmas Sale
Its all about the boats. This years talk will include information about the various lifeboats the RNLI operate including the new Shannon.. This particular craft has been designed with the feedback from crews operating the previous generation of craft. The lifeboats are all designed in-house at the RNLI design house in Poole. This promises to be an extremely interesting talk, so do come along.
Afterwards will be the annual sale of Christmas Cards and other Goodies from the RNLI. Support this fantastic institution and spend truck loads of cash...
Starts 8:30 - 9:30pm
Talk : 'Confessions of a Yachtmaster Examiner' by Tom Cunliffe
'Did the examiner really end up in jail?
Yachtmaster examinations. Whether you've taken one, or are thinking about it, you'd better attend this illustrated talk by Tom Cunliffe. He has an entertaining look behind the scenes of the qualification from well outside the box. Find out not only how the examiner's motorbike ended up in a hedge on the Isle of Wight, but how he managed to fetch up in Cherbourg direct from Yarmouth with three candidates - and two lively girls aboard who hadn't signed on! All is promised to be revealed...and much more. Don't miss it!'
Tom is a professional speaker and does charge for his time.
Tickets are £10
They are available to both members and non-members. The limit due to room constraints is 60 people.Please register on-line for tickets. Registration will remain open until 5th December or when the ticket number limit has been reached.
Organiser: Dick Beddoe
Singapore Sling goes to the Baltic Swedish archipelago, the Gota Canal, and the Danish archipelago.
Continuing on from last year we look at the challenges of sailing amongst 2000 islands and 20,000 rocks, from Fehmarn in Germany to Sandhamn (near Stockholm) in Sweden. We look at the merits of chart plotters versus charts. Navigate through the Gota canal with 58 locks to go up 91.8 m (and down again) plus 70 mile lakes, and finally check out a trip down the west coast of Sweden from Gothenburg, onto Copenhagen and finally back to Fehmarn in Germany.
Dick Beddoe and various crew completed the trip in the summer of 2018 and will inspire you to visit this stunningly beautiful part of the world.
(Free entry - A collection will be held at the end of the talk to support the club and clubs nominated charity).
Description: Making Sailing Pay - Ken Fifield
“Sailing is usually about spending more than you would like on something you love, but how about making it cash positive.
How did I achieve getting paid for doing something I love? I looked at the various ways of getting part time or even full time work in the world of Sailing and the potential returns including
Teaching and racing with novice sailors is not without its stories, so expect some intrigue. We also look at some real lessons learnt and hard won experience on how to get novices to
And lastly how to be safe racing 27 yachts in 30 knots gusting 35 knots with novices, the collateral damage and the excuses.”
North West Passage - Nigel Barraclough
The North West Passage – who found it and who didn’t.
The North West passage in the Artic north of Canada: a fabled alternative route to the east has been the subject of controversy, claims that were unfounded but more importantly the true “discoverer” was vilified and never given the credit by the Establishment – arguably still doesn’t.
Nigel Barraclough will talk about the history and one of the (conveniently) forgotten heroes of Artic exploration.
Description: The Commodore goes to the bottom of the World.- Alick Fraser
A trip to the tip of South America - Fin del Mondo - and beyond
Pencil in this date in your diary for a presentation about some of the remotest parts of the world. More detail to follow, but be assured this presentation is definitely not to be missed.
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