Thames Valley
 

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.

Brittany: a Gallic Paradise, by Paul Brown

date: 
Tue, 27/01/2015 - 19:15 - 22:00
place: 
Upper Thames Sailing Club, Bourne End SL8 5PT

Brittany: a Gallic Paradise, by Paul Brown, 27/1/15

In July 2013 Paul and family cruised the stunning North Brittany coastline between Paimpol and Roscoff. The brief for the trip was to cross over from Poole, spend time ashore in as many places as possible, and return their Ovni, "Little Wing", safely to her home berth, all in the space of a three week break from work. They discovered a wonderful cruising ground with a great variety of idyllic, tranquil islands, small bustling harbours and winding rivers.

Illustrated with numerous pictures and video clips, Paul’s account will show why this small region of France really is a Gallic paradise for South Coast sailors.

All CA members and Guests are very welcome.

Ticket price is £3.00 for CA & UTSC members and £5.00 for guests. All very welcome.

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.

Traditional Boat Building on the Thames, 24/2/15

date: 
Tue, 24/02/2015 - 19:15 - 22:00
place: 
Upper Thames Sailing Club, Bourne End SL8 5PT

Traditional Boat Building on the Thames, by Colin Henwood, 24/2/15

Henwood and Dean Boatbuilders have been established for nearly 30 years and are internationally renowned as specialists in the restoration, rebuilding and maintenance of classic wooden Thames craft. Using traditional and time-honoured methods of craftsmanship, the quality of their work is exceptional. This summer their major 2-year restoration project on the 43ft electric launch Lady Charlotte was finally completed and she left the yard to be launched on the Thames - 100 years almost to the day that she was first put on the water!  

Henwood & Dean have won many prestigious awards for their classic wooden boats, and have regularly featured in Thames-based events and on television.

All CA members and Guests are very welcome.

Ticket price is £3.00 for CA & UTSC members and £5.00 for guests. All very welcome.

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.