date:Sat, 08/03/2014 - 19:00 - 22:30
place:Blackwater Sailing Club
Dinner at 6.45pm. Talks begin at 8pm.
Talk and supper at Blackwater Sailing Club - ‘Near and Far’ - a series of four fascinating short talks by members of the CA and BSC & not necessarily in this order. Please complete the separate booking form and return a.s.a.p.
George Whitchurch – "From B to A" (Blackwater to Antwerp) A voyage to the 'other side' of the N Sea requires careful planning, whichever route you decide to take. If you add on the complexities of a passage up the extremely tidal Westerschelde, with all its sandbanks, to the busy commercial port of Antwerp you had better know what you're doing. George and Vivien found it a delightful trip, and very bicycle friendly. Come along and find out more!
Judith Grimwade is the Regional Editor of the CA Almanac for the Biscay area. In the name of research, Judith and Mark followed the French coast from the Charente to the Spanish border. They entered every port listed in the Almanac on the way and, having gone south as far as possible, they then went west. The Bay of Biscay has a
reputation for not being a friendly environment, but Judith will give us a taste of the area and tell us whether or not it was as difficult as described in the pilots.How about that for your summer cruise?
Dermot O’Riordan - “Sailing the North West Passage”. No, this is not Osea Island northabout, but the voyage that Sir John Franklin famously failed to achieve. The sea route through the Arctic Ocean, connecting the Atlantic to the Pacific has been sought by explorers for centuries as a possible trade route. In 2008 Dermot sailed up the West coast of Greenland and across Baffin Bay to Pond Inlet. In 2010 he was one of a crew of 4 who sailed through the NW Passage, joining the boat from Baffin Island to Alaska. Talk about remote, hostile waters! Climate change has reduced the pack ice, but come with your woollies in case you feel a chill.
Lesley Hastie - ‘Kindred Spirits’ – Adventures on the Essex & Suffolk rivers of an all female crew". It seems that what is sometimes considered in certain quarters to be an indispensible element on the boat has been found to be surplus to requirements. Furthermore, this situation can lead to an especially rewarding time being had by all the ladies present. Could this state of affairs lead to mass male skipper redundancies? Ladies and gentlemen, your attention please!
Our evening social events are held in the very hospitable premises of the Blackwater Sailing Club, Basin Road, Heybridge Basin, Maldon, CM9 4SD. The Club is down a turning off Goldhanger Road, towards Heybridge Basin. Entrance to the club grounds is 200 yards on the left (in the dark, so keep a good look-out!). Then you just watch out for the sleeping policemen as you drive past the boat park towards the clubhouse.
If you need directions, please email: email@example.com or see: www.multimap.com
Please use the booking form below.
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date:Sun, 09/03/2014 - 10:00 - 16:15
Med Section All-Day Seminar - SORRY, NOW FULLY BOOKED
Sunday 9th March 2014
10:00 until 16:15
Whether you are just preparing to set off for the Med or whether you wish to explore new cruising areas there, the Med Section All-Day Seminar is the place to be on March 9th. Invariably the event is a sell-out, with both new and experienced members attending. The Seminar is a mix of presentations in the morning covering various aspects of Med cruising and a less formal afternoon session where you can wander round the various tables and seek advice from experts on different cruise areas, equipment, regulations etc.
£25 for CA Members / £45 for non-members
Full details and booking form attached below.
09:30-10:00 Registration / Tea and Coffee
10:00-10:10 Welcome and Introductions
10:10-10.50 A Tour of the Northern Aegean - Vyv Cox
In May 2013 we left Leros heading northwards roughly parallel with the Turkish coast as far as Limnos, where we turned south again along the Greek mainland coast, finally heading east and back to Leros at the end of June. En route we visited about 20 islands, taking hundreds of photographs and a few videos, recording the varied sailing, superb scenery and some of the highlights of the friendly reception afforded us by the Greek people.
10:50-11:30 Boat transport through or round Europe - Julian Dussek
An overview of how CA members used varying methods to get their boats to/from the Med.
11:30-11-50 Coffee Break
11.50-12-30 Domestic Equipment - one for the crew perhaps! - Lindi Green, Kate Osmond & Anne Lovejoy
We all spend more ‘hours’ living on our boats than we do sailing them. Here we will offer our views on domestic equipment and practices that we have found help make life easier or more comfortable, given the constraints on the living and storage space.
12:30- 13.10 Regulations - Updates
Update on regulations changes in Greece, Croatia and Turkey
Afternoon Session – Concurrent sessions in Council and Assembly Rooms
14.30-15.45 Cruise Planning Tables (Assembly Room)
- Western Mediterranean
- Eastern Mediterranean
- ‘Morning Presenters’
Our usual cruise planning tables plus an opportunity to ask the ‘morning presenters’ more questions
14.30- 16:00 MyCA and CAptains Mate (Council Room)
Need any help using MyCA or our app, ‘CAptains Mate’? We can help you!
16.00-16.15 Any questions, AOB & farewell
Tea/Coffee available throughout the afternoon
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date:Wed, 12/03/2014 - 19:00 - 21:30
From London to London: how we circumnavigated Europe, by Ed and Sue Kelly
Sue and Ed Kelly’s voyage is subtitled 6,200 miles, 494 days, 74 locks, two new engines and one snake. It took them via the swollen Rhine River, Main River, and through Eastern Europe via the Danube and Canal of Death to the Black Sea, Bosporus Straits, Sea of Marmara, Dardanelles, Aegean and Mediterranean and back by Biscay and the English Channel to their starting point at St Katherine’s Dock.
On the way, they solved problems of navigation, loss of both engines and dangerous water levels through Europe, while coping with the diplomatic hurdles of the various nations. A multimedia presentation not to be missed.
Individual lecture tickets: Members £4.00 , Non-members £7.00
To book contact the CA Office. Tel: 0207 537 2828 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
date:Thu, 13/03/2014 - 19:00 - 22:30
place:The Dog and Bear Hotel, Lenham
Thursday, 13th March 2014 – Members Day – Tell us what you did in 2013 so that we might follow in your wake…..
Members Evening - an interesting presentation by a number of members ranging from the United Kingdom to Belgium, the French Inland waterways, the Mediterranean to the Caribbean – an evening not to be missed...........
Members will tell us of their adventures, trips, maybe the odd “confession” so that we might think “yes I’d like to do that” or no “maybe not after all”. The talks will be for 15 or 20 minutes each
Winter Warmers are held at:
The Dog & Bear Hotel
Part of the Shepherd Neame Group situated 8 miles East of Maidstone off of the A20 in the village square. The food is very good and the staff are helpful and cheerful.....
It will help speed up service if you are able to telephone the Dog and Bear [01622 858219] and order your meal beforehand. Menu attached
A pleasant light, airy room located on the ground floor with theatre style seating for 50 persons
Ample parking both behind in the car park or opposite in the Village Square
The meetings begin at 19:00 for those that would like to eat, with the talks beginning at 20:10
Please feel free to “bring a friend” to enjoy sharing the evening with us……
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date:Sat, 15/03/2014 - 11:00 - 15:30
European Inland Waterways Spring Meeting **CANCELLED**
date:Sat, 15/03/2014 - 18:00 - 22:30
place:Royal Harwich Yacht Club, Woolverstone, Suffolk
Winter will only just be over, but we will be able to look forward to Mike and Angie Williams’s account of cruising in these remote, exotic and warm waters. Mike and Angie were lucky enough to be invited to cruise in the Philippines for two six week periods in 2004 and 2005. They sailed in a 54’ motor-sailor from East Malaysia into the Philippine Island with Mike’s cousin Dave and his wife Judi who had been based in Hong Kong for most of their working lives.
This was the first blue-water experience for Mike and Angie before they undertook their own voyaging from 2005-2011. This area is off the usual circumnavigation routes and a known pirate risk. I am sure that the evening will have a special poignancy after the recent disaster in these waters. Angie and Mike will depart with Lady of Lorien for points west in the spring of 2015.
Bar open 18:00, Meal at 18:45, Talk 20:00
date:Sun, 16/03/2014 - 10:45 - 16:15
place:Houghton nr. Huntingdon
East Midlands section meeting Spring 2014
The date is Sunday 16 March and will be in Houghton, a village between Cambridge and Huntingdon, but this time in a hall with more effective heating! The main speaker will be James Collier, who fascinated us with his account of Arctic cruising last year. james talk will be on 'the forces on a boat due to wind and water' and will offer some insights on subjects as diverse as anchoring and fuel consumption.
James says 'Sailing is all about forces: from sails, from the resistance of the hull and from wind and waves. We all know that anchor chain should be nice and strong, but how strong? How thick should that rope be or how heavy that chain? How much difference do waves make? Why exactly does a boat sail around its anchor, and would a riding sail work? And how big should it be? Alternatively, how slippery is a hull: what force is required to push it along. What's 'hull-speed' or is it a myth? This leads to how big an engine is needed? How many litres will it consume per hour? And how does that change with wind, tide or waves? I hope to show numbers for some real boats and may even be able to run a computer model 'real-time' for members of the audience's boats. This is not a talk on sailing faster - I'm sure all have their own techniques and would probably beat me. Nor on how or where to anchor – again everyone has their own experience as valid as mine. But it attempts to show that some generally accepted rules of thumb are, in fact, simply wrong and that being quantitative about these matters is not that complicated yet leads to greater understanding.'
After a pub lunch, we have Bob Bradfield talking about his hobby, which is hydrographic surveying and making very large scale electronic charts. You can get a foretaste from his website - www.antarescharts.co.uk.
Menu choices will be sent out at the beginning of March. We’d appreciate an early indication if you can come, so that we can negotiate appropriately with the pub.
We are again looking for members who would be happy to talk at our meetings about their recent cruising experiences. Short presentations (<30 mins) with photos would be most welcome.
Contact the section secretaries for more details.
date:Tue, 18/03/2014 - 19:00 - 22:30
place:Upper Thames Sailing Club, Bourne End
Fitting Out Supper, with a prize quiz and trips, tips and tales.
Our Fitting Out Supper is on Tuesday, 18th March at a new venue, the Upper Thames Sailing Club. We will need to provide catering numbers to UTSC ahead of time, so let us know if you plan to join us and if you plan to bring along any guests - all are welcome. We will be holding a prize quiz during the evening, nautically based but not too difficult, and if you have a short boating tale from 2013 (adventures, trip, tips, maybe the odd confession!), a bottle of wine will be awarded for the best yarn, so do come ready to share your tale over dinner.The Upper Thames Sailing Club. Please see the Booking Form for menus and prices.
Upper Thames Sailing Club, Riverside, Bourne End, Bucks, SL8 5RF
(Use SL8 5PT for SatNav's to avoid ending up in the Marina. Google map: 51.57834,-0.719949)
Upper Thames Sailing Club is conveniently positioned in Bourne End, 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) marked to the Spade Oak Hotel. Once past the pub, turn left into Upper Thames Way 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 (but only 2 trains/hour).
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date:Tue, 18/03/2014 - 19:30 - 22:00
place:Parkstone Yacht Club
Section members Douglas & Janice Forrester spent three years cruising in the Baltic, this talk covers one summer’s explorations
Meetings are held at Parkstone Yacht Club, Pearce Avenue, Poole, BH14 8EH. Commencing at 1930 hours.
ALL SAILORS WELCOME
date:Tue, 18/03/2014 - 19:30 - 22:30
place:Ashwood Marina DY6 0AQ