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14 October 2020

Bryan Davies:
'Nancy Blackett Trust'

Bryan is a volunteer Skipper for the Nancy Blackett Trust which has restored and now operates the 1931 Hillyard cutter once owned by Arthur Ransome, author of Swallows and Amazons and many other sailing titles. The talk will cover the restoration of ‘Nancy’ from near derelict to her current as-new condition and also the work of the Trust in operating her to provide sailing opportunities to a wide variety of people. Bryan has been ‘messing about with boats’ for most of his adult life. Although a cruising man at heart, he has participated in several ocean races and an Atlantic crossing. In 2015 he completed a round Britain sail. Bryan currently owns a 36’ yacht based at Ipswich. 

11 November 2020

Ben Edwards:
'Polar Ocean Challenge'

Ben was 14 when in 2016 he completed Polar Ocean Challenge, a circumnavigation of the globe around the North Pole, through the North East and North West Passages in one season, on the sailing yacht Northabout, highlighting the decreasing sea ice in the Arctic Ocean. He is the youngest person, and the only British person, to have done this trip in a single season. He spent 4½ months as a member of the 7 person crew, and was the only person to be on board for the entire trip. Ben talks of excitement and boredom: sea ice, polar bears, a hurricane off the coast of Russia, and the realities of 4.5 months on board a 49 ft yacht.

9 December 2020

Members’ Evening

Camsail AGM; election of Committee; a chance to share sailing experiences and to get to know other members better (with Christmas refreshments), including reports from Camsail trips since last season.

13 January 2021

Jonathan Dyke:
'The Big Dig: Suffolk Yacht Harbour'

”The Big Dig” is a history of the planning and development of Suffolk Yacht Harbour and the dream of turning flooded salt marshes into a marina. The talk will cover over fifty years of mud, blood, sweat and tears: starting with the excavation of the earliest yacht basin, through the expansion of facilities afloat and ashore, highlighting the current facilities offered by the largest independent marina in the UK.

10 February 2021

Ian Jewry & Simon Daws:
'The work of the
East Anglian Sailing Trust' 

Ian is a cruising yachtsman, yachtmaster instructor and former trustee of EAST. Simon worked for the Border Force until his career was cut short by sight loss. Together they will illustrate how the charity provides sailing opportunities to people with disabilities, including the challenges and solutions, and the joy brought to people who thought they never could sail or sail again.

10 March 2021

Keith Swinburne:
'Round Britain - part 2

Whilst Southern England, Ireland and Scotland’s Western Isles have much to commend them, there is much to see, enjoy and indeed to fear in the Northern Isles and on the East Coast. We’ll get back aboard Mystic Breeze for the thrills and spills of completing the circle. There’ll also be time for questions.