Thames Valley
 

From Poole to Barra and Back

date: 
Tue, 14/10/2014 - 19:15 - 22:00
place: 
Upper Thames Sailing Club, Bourne End SL8 5PT

Michael Prewett, Poole to Barra and Back on Dolly, a Robert Tucker designed Sarum 28 is an account of a largely solo first-time cruise to the Outer Hebrides, hopefully capturing some of the flavour and magic of Ireland and the West coast of Scotland.

Bar Open:19.15

Talk starts 20.00

All CA members and guests very welcome.

CA members £3.00 and Guests £5.00

Directions: Four miles from junction 4 of the M40 and eight miles from junction 8/9 of the M4. From the A404(M), take the A4155 towards Bourne End. Shortly after entering the 30mph limit, take the first turning on the right (Coldmoorholme Lane). Once past the Spade Oak pub, turn left into Upper Thames Way (unmade road) and follow the road round to the car park.

After parking, please be careful crossing the railway - it is used every day all through the year.

 

Anchors & Anchoring plus A Tour of the Northern Aegean

date: 
Tue, 11/11/2014 - 19:15 - 22:00
place: 
Upper Thames Sailing Club, Bourne End SL8 5PT

Vyv Cox, Anchors and Anchoring followed by an Aegean Tour it may be the case that anchors have undergone more change in the past 20 years than at any other area of yachting. From a situation in which choice was limited to three or four, mostly of quite elderly design, we now see at least one new one every year, each claiming to be better than the one that was introduced the previous year. New theories about anchor loads have contradicted long-held beliefs and much development has taken place on associated equipment such as swivels, shackles and chain. This talk attempts to explain all this in simple and entertaining engineering terms.

The second part of the evening is Vyv and Jill’s account of sailing STRAITSHOOTER, a Sadler 34 in the Aegean which has become one of their favourite parts of Greece and they have been based there for a few years.

Bar Opens:19.15

Talk Starts 20.00

All CA members and Guests very welcome.

CA members £3.00 and Guests £5.00

The Navy of Nelson

date: 
Tue, 02/12/2014 - 19:15 - 22:00
place: 
Upper Thames Sailing Club, Bourne End SL8 5PT

The Navy of Nelson by Geoff Hunt, RSMA.  A past President of the Royal Society of Marine Artists, Geoff is one of the world’s finest painters of 18th and 19th century ships. Through his research for paintings he is also a leading authority on naval history and ship architecture of the period and has a special interest in the ships and commands of Lord Nelson.

“Geoff Hunt’s pictures, perfectly accurate in period and detail, but very far from merely representational, are often suffused with a light reminiscent of Canaletto”. So said Patrick O’Brian, whose book covers Geoff has illustrated since 1988.

Geoff gave the Hanson Lecture in London back in March 2013 and for those members who missed that evening here is another opportunity to see his beautifully illustrated talk.

All CA members and Guests are very welcome.

CA members and Guests £5.00 includes mince pies and mulled wine.

Bar Opens 19.15

Talk Starts 20.00

After parking please be careful crossing the railway - it is used every day all through the year.