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Programme 2019-2020

9 October 2019

Bob Bradfield:
'Antares Charts for Scottish Islands'

Bob has spent the last 10 years creating his Antares Charts of the West Coast of Scotland. They are very large scale electronic charts with related pilotage information and are aimed at experienced yachtsmen, to supplement information available from the official charts and sailing directions.
He says that the authorities have resurveyed very few of the more interesting channels and anchorages of the West of Scotland since the advent of satellite positioning and hardly ever publish charts to a sufficiently large scale to meet the needs of yachtsman when close to hazards.
To date he has published 461 charts, which can run seamlessly with UKHO-type charts on PCs, Macs, iPads, iPhones and Android tablets and phones. He was awarded an MBE for them in this year’s New Year Honours.
Before retiring he worked in finance in the City, retiring at 50 and spending the first few retired years sailing in all oceans of the world, including to the Arctic and Antarctic as well as on Gipsy Moth IV.

13 November 2019

Glenn Machett:
'Tying the knot: circumnavigation with Clipper Ventures'

Glenn hadn’t sailed until preparing for this 11 month trip across the oceans, but his background in vehicle repair fitted him for the role of Engineer on board. Racing with a changing international team of amateurs under Australian skipper Wendy Tuck, much of the year was spent at 45 degrees. From mending glasses to mast repairs, Glenn was kept busy throughout the journey and finally crossed the finish line in Liverpool to achieve a hard-fought first place on Sanya Serenity Coast. 

11 December 2019

Members’ Evening

Our first (brief!) Camsail AGM; election of the committee; mainly a chance to share sailing experiences, hear reports of Camsail trips since last season, and get to know other members better (with Christmas refreshments).

8 January 2020

Stephen Burgess:
'Sail Training and Tall Ships Races'

The Rona Sailing Project has taken part in Tall Ships Races for over 50 years, racing its large yachts alongside mighty tall ships of many nationalities. This talk will focus on a number of these races - some with all female crews, others with all male crews; and whether that makes any difference! The RSP also enters all four of its boats, with mixed crews, in the Small Ships Races in the Solent each Autumn, when sail training yachts battle it out between themselves. A few additional special RSP voyages will also get a mention.

12 February 2020

Garth Cooper:
'East Coast Pilot' 

Garth is an ex-BBC and Fleet Street journalist, has worked on Sailing Today, edited Anglia Afloat, and served 20 years on the RYA Eastern Regional Committee. He is a member of the CA and East Anglian Sailing Trust, with whom he takes blind people cruising. He sails a Contest 33 after 22 years owning a Holman classic. He is co-author of East Coast Pilot and author of North Sea Passage Pilot. There’s a new edition of ECP out and he’ll be taking us through the work involved in producing it and also be revealing changes to NSPP and touching on an exciting new project to help blind people get more enjoyment from their sailing.

11 March 2020

'Border Force'

The talk will start with a brief history of Customs and Immigration work and the eventual merger of the two. It will then cover the work they currently undertake and the assets they have to help achieve their aims. They will explain the current setup of their local intelligence and the area they cover. We will see a few examples of the lengths smugglers will go to in order to transport their goods, and the vessels they use. Very important to them is how the maritime community can help and the various methods by which information can be passed.

Programme 2018-2019

10 October 2018

Paul Heiney:
'A Quick Dash for the Horn'

Paul Heiney has been a writer and broadcaster for all of his working life, having worked on all the UK’s major radio and television channels.
But his career as an ocean sailor is less well known. His most recent adventure, described as an epic, was to Cape Horn and back, largely single-handed.
After the early death of his son, aged 23, Paul made this voyage in his son’s honour, and in the hope of understanding more of his life and death. Far from being a maudlin tale, this is a story of high adventure on the seas and fitting memoir of his late son. 

14 November 2018

14 November 2018
Jim Bacon: Sailing and the weather

Jim Bacon has been a meteorologist since 1968 and is still thoroughly fascinated by all things weather. In 1986 he moved back to East Anglia to become a member of the Anglia Television weather team. This lasted until 1997 when Jim rejoined the Met Office for a period before setting up Weatherquest in 2001 when the local Norwich Weather Centre was closed down.
Jim will explain how modern meteorology utilises mathematical models of the atmosphere to provide forecasts for increasingly long time periods, but begs the question about how to interpret the huge variability between models when planning a sailing trip.
Help is at hand… it’s called ensemble forecasting.

12 December 2018

Members’ Evening

A chance to share sailing experiences and to get to know other members better (with Christmas refreshments).

9 January 2019

Keith Swinburne:
'Round Britain - if we can, you can' 

 With many flitting off to foreign waters for their sailing adventures, come and see how, in 2017, husband and wife, Keith and Gilly Swinburne, took their 1987 Oyster 406 ‘Round Britain’ and hear about the wonderful people and places they discovered around our own Isles.

13 February 2019

Stephen Burgess:
'The Rona Sailing Project' 

The Rona Sailing Project (formerly the London Sailing Project) is one of the oldest sail training organisations in the country, established nearly 60 years ago.
Crews come from a wide variety of social backgrounds: from the well-adjusted to those in the care of Social and Probation services, as well as those in between. Voyages are also undertaken for adults with learning difficulties, visually impaired, deaf, and more recently for those recovering from drug and alcohol dependency.
This illustrated talk will concern Stephen’s involvement in the RSP since 1970.

13 March 2019

Keith Pettican:
'Sailing in the Mediterranean'

This is an illustrated talk of Keith’s sailing experiences in the Eastern Mediterranean over 12 years, visiting Croatia, Greece and Turkey.
The talk focuses on the historic and world heritage sites easy visited from the comfort of your own boat. The talk includes a passage through the Corinth Canal.
He will also discuss how sailing in the Mediterranean differs somewhat from the sailing in the UK.

Programme 2017-2018

11 October 2017

Mike and Lyn Tupper:
‘International Boatbuilding Training College in Lowestoft’ 


Mike and Lyn Tupper are directors of the I.B.T,C, 'perched on the edge of the Broads' in Lowestoft. Mike will tell us about the College which was set up in 1975 to train craftsmen for East Anglian Boatyards, but nowadays also offers courses varying from 47 weeks to less than a week on a wide range of boatbuilding skills. It does sound a wonderful place. 

8 November 2017

Alan Eade:
‘A cavalcade of sail - a history of the Northern European sailing ship’

The talk will describe with illustrations the development of the Northern European sailing ship through 12 centuries from Viking times to the era of the clipper ship in the late C19, thence to its demise in the 20th. The various innovations, such as the introduction of the stern rudder, and wheel steering and the advances in hull construction and rigs which made this possible will be covered. The principal stages will be exemplified by ship types known to all such as the Tudor galleon and the Cutty Sark.

6 December 2017

Members’ Evening

A good chance to get to know other members, with Christmas refreshments!!

10 January 2018

Simon Durrant:
‘Sailing in Brittany’

 Come and explore the fantastic islands of Brittany. Starting in the Les Iles Chausey, we will sail along North Brittany taking in Ile de Brehat, Ile de Batz and Ouessant. We will then proceed through South Brittany covering Iles de Glenan, the beautiful Ile de Groix and many others. We will also take in some of the rivers of Brittany. See lots of photographs and get some great navigational tips for anyone going for the first time.

14 February 2018

Ann Jackson:
‘To the Caribbean and back’

How a pint of water, a picnic table and a force 11 changed my life! The tale of a gullible young lady who stupidly agreed to follow in the footsteps of Christopher Columbus in a 31 ft yacht. An illustrated account of the 1989 4th Atlantic rally for Cruisers (The Arc). The preparation, the basic navigational equipment used for the crossing, compass, sextant and log, the mishaps that occurred along the way and the more eventful return journey.

14 March 2018

Paul Rodhouse:
‘State of the Oceans’

We exploit the oceans for energy, communications, fishing, transport, waste disposal and defence. Yachtsmen and women are among the few people who ever venture beyond the coastal fringes for recreation and sport, but as a group seem to be ambivalent about environmental concerns. This presentation is intended to inform the yachting community about the global problems in the oceans and to explain the science behind global climate change in particular. To date overfishing has done most to degrade marine ecosystems but the effects of climate change and pollution of the seas threaten to have an overwhelming influence in the future.

Programme 2016-2017

12 October 2016

Mike Inglis:
‘Clipper Round the World Yacht Race’ 


After 12 years at local company ARM, Mike took a year’s break before the next phase of his life to take part in the Clipper 2013/14 race. The race is the world's longest ocean race at 40,000 miles for amateur sailors who sail individual legs or the whole race. Mike sailed 10,000 miles training and on the GB yacht, crossed the Atlantic twice finishing a 1st, 2nd and 8th in three races. Mike will describe the race, training, life on board and racing of a 70-foot yacht.

9 November 2016

Jeremy Batch:
‘Invaders, Explorers and Shipbuilders’

From near Limehouse on the Thames, the China Company despatched its first fleet in search of the North East Passage, and Nelson’s first flagship was built. A mile further down-river, Brunel (eventually) launched the Great Eastern. But why had he brought her predecessor, the Great Western, all the way from Bristol to Blackwall just to have her engine installed? Why did Henry VIII decide to build the Mary Rose’s bigger sister at Woolwich instead of Portsmouth, and how did Thames Ironworks win the contract for her 19th century equivalent? Why was the Archbishop of Canterbury murdered at Greenwich Yacht Club? How did the Dutch sneak up the Medway to raid Chatham?

7 December 2016

Members’ Evening

A chance for members to tell of recent voyages (including a day on the Thames Barge, Centaur), with Christmas refreshments!!

11 January 2017

Chris Edwards:
‘The Royal Yachting Association’

Recreational boating in the UK has a long and established tradition of self-reliance and individual responsibility. Consequently, we continue to enjoy relative freedom to pursue our boating activities, but this freedom cannot be taken for granted. Today, our coastal waterways face increasing pressure from competing commercial, environmental and leisure activities. In addition, National security, public safety and progressive European and International regulatory initiatives are more significant in today’s political agenda. The RYA provides a robust, articulate and intelligent voice to represent recreational boating.

8 February 2017

Robert Simper:
‘Voyage Around East Anglia’

This is a voyage through history rather than a navigation account, but it is based on a series of short trips along the coast, from Kings Lynn to Tower Bridge. The presentation charts the changing character of the coast line and how it has altered over time. There is a great variety of scenery, with sandy cliffs, occasional shallow estuaries or harbours, busy ports and low lying marshland.. Nowhere is the small boat sailor ever in deep water but for centuries people have used the North Sea and Thames Estuary as a commercial highway.

8 March 2017

Paul Rodhouse:
‘Yachting in the Antarctic: the pioneers’

During its early history, yachting was a competitive leisure activity for the wealthy but, with the advent of cruising towards the end of the 19th century, it became an adventure sport. By the mid-20th century yachtsmen had ventured into the Southern Ocean and made circumnavigations via the great capes. But apart from Shackleton’s desperate small boat crossing of the Scotia Sea in 1916, no yachts reached the Antarctic until the 1960s. The early pioneers achieved extraordinary voyages in yachts with less than kit than most yachtsmen today would consider essential for a Channel crossing.