Forthcoming events
 

Preparation for Heavy Weather Sailing

date: 
Wed, 12/11/2014 - 19:00 - 21:30
place: 
CA House

Preparation for Heavy Weather Sailing, by Noel Dilly

Everyone has a differing idea of heavy weather at sea. What most have in common is that they would rather be ashore wishing they were sailing.  Fear and inexperience play a massive role in this response.  Experience is easily gained by practice in less demanding situations. Noel will suggest drills and how to do them well. Preparation and practice for you, the boat, and the crew will be the major theme. The talk will range over techniques to mitigate the effects of strong winds and storms, suggesting what to prepare, what to do, how to do it, and why, and much relevant gear will be demonstrated.

You will probably never face your ultimate storm. However, with the technical skills gained from experience perhaps will come confidence and less reluctance, if not a desire to explore the limits of your abilities. 

Noel will critically review the standard advice and hopes to slaughter several "sacred cows" during the evening.

Individual lecture tickets: Members £4.00 , Non-members £7.00. Season tickets available.

To book contact the CA Office. Tel: 0207 537 2828 or email office@cruising.org.uk

Lectures and talks start promptly at 19:00hrs

Kent Winter Warmer: The Adventures of Santy

date: 
Thu, 13/11/2014 - 19:00 - 22:00
place: 
The Dog and Bear Hotel, Lenham

The Adventures of Santy, Thursday 11th of November

The adventures of Santy and how the trips and crews are organised. This year a number of young Day Skippers completed courses on-board Santy with the season taking in the Solent and the Round the Island Race, continuing westward with different crews to Plymouth and Brixham probably returning via the Scillies and the French Coast and then, on her way home to Chatham hoping to join us for the Sandwich Festival Rally.

 

Winter Warmers are held at: The Dog & Bear Hotel, The Square, Lenham ME17 2PG    01622 858219

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 before 5pm. The menu can be found on their website.

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

RYA Day Skipper Theory course

date: 
Repeats every day until Sun Nov 16 2014 .
Sat, 15/11/2014 - 10:00 - 17:00
date: 
Sun, 16/11/2014 - 10:00 - 17:00
place: 
CA House

The Day Skipper theory course is ideal for someone interested in learning how to sail or for someone that knows how to sail already but hasn't really done any navigation.

This is a shore based course. So all the lessons will be carried out in CA House. The course equips you with enough knowledge to navigate around familiar waters by day. A basic knowledge of lights is also included to introduce you to night cruising.

RYA Theory courses are run and managed by First Class Sailing. You can see full details and book this course here.

Dates: 30 September, 7/14/21/28 October, 4/11 November and the weekend 15/16 November

Duration: 7 evenings and 1 weekend

Cost: £345 - 20% Discount for CA Members.
Non-members joining the CA during the course (and paying by Direct Debit) will also receive the 20% discount. Members can find the Discount Code here.

European Inland Waterways Section Autumn Meeting

date: 
Sat, 15/11/2014 - 11:00 - 16:00
place: 
CA House

Our Autumn Meeting is on Saturday November 15 (Coffee 1030, Start 1100, Formal End 3.30 but conversations can continue as long as desired). The programme is not yet finalised but we plan to have talks on Belgium, the Netherlands and a voyage from Wales to Holland via the Somme and other places. Our website and the Captain's Mate app will also feature. We will, of course, have one of Agnieszka's lunches and end the programme with our usual "Tables of Expertise" accompanied by  "Bring and Buy" and "CA merchandise" tables.

Instead of a photograph competition this year we are simply inviting members to send John photographs which illustrate the joys or otherwise of cruising, which will be shown on a "loop" on the overhead projector at appropriate times ( jpeg photographs, less than 25 mbytes per email to jah293304@gmail.com please ).

The full programme will be issued in mid-October but bookings can be made from the middle of August through the CA office  (Cost £25 members, £35 to non-members, difference refunded if they join on the day).

A Stackie to London - the Thames Sailing Barge Dawn

date: 
Sat, 15/11/2014 - 18:00 - 22:00
place: 
Royal Harwich Yacht Club, Woolverstone, Suffolk

A Stackie to London - the Story of the Thames Sailing Barge Dawn, by Gerard Swift

The Dawn Sailing Barge Trust was started by the late Capt. Gordon Swift. Gerard continued the restoration and the management and direction of the Trust.  Dawn is the last working example of a Thames Stack Barge built with a tiller and can still carry a cargo.

Gerard is the skipper and has tales to tell including the trip from Essex up the London River re-enacting the days of a Stackie with Griff Rys-Jones and TV crew.

You can see some details about Dawn on the Historic Ships Register here.

Bar open 18:00, Meal at 18:45, Talk 20:00

Cost: £13.50 Please see the attached form for details on how to book for this meeting.

 

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Early days of Barging, Jim Lawrence

date: 
Sat, 15/11/2014 - 19:00 - 22:00
place: 
Blackwater Sailing Club

Early days of Barging, Jim Lawrence

Meeting at the Blackwater Sailing Club. Jim Lawrence will give a powerpoint presentation on his “early days of barging” a worthwhile nostalgic trip to the good old days tinged with humour.

Meal at 19:00, talk at 20:00.

Further details and booking form to follow.

RYA Day Skipper Theory course

date: 
Sat, 15/11/2014 - 10:00 - 17:00
date: 
Sun, 16/11/2014 - 10:00 - 17:00
place: 
CA House

The Day Skipper theory course is ideal for someone interested in learning how to sail or for someone that knows how to sail already but hasn't really done any navigation.

This is a shore based course. So all the lessons will be carried out in CA House. The course equips you with enough knowledge to navigate around familiar waters by day. A basic knowledge of lights is also included to introduce you to night cruising.

RYA Theory courses are run and managed by First Class Sailing. You can see full details and book this course here.

Dates: 30 September, 7/14/21/28 October, 4/11 November and the weekend 15/16 November

Duration: 7 evenings and 1 weekend

Cost: £345 - 20% Discount for CA Members.
Non-members joining the CA during the course (and paying by Direct Debit) will also receive the 20% discount. Members can find the Discount Code here.

RYA Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Theory Course

date: 
Repeats every week until Mon Nov 24 2014 .
Mon, 06/10/2014 - 18:30 - 21:30
date: 
Mon, 13/10/2014 - 18:30 - 21:30
date: 
Mon, 20/10/2014 - 18:30 - 21:30
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Mon, 27/10/2014 - 18:30 - 21:30
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Mon, 03/11/2014 - 18:30 - 21:30
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Mon, 10/11/2014 - 18:30 - 21:30
date: 
Mon, 17/11/2014 - 18:30 - 21:30
date: 
Mon, 24/11/2014 - 18:30 - 21:30
place: 
CA House

Details: The Yachtmaster course is the next course on from the Day Skipper theory course. It goes into a lot more detail that which is covered in the Day Skipper theory course and is an advanced course in navigation techniques. The syllabus makes some provision for the revision of subjects covered on the Day Skipper Course but those who have not acquired the knowledge set out in the Day Skipper course are unlikely to be able to assimilate all the subjects covered in this advanced course in the time available.
The course is run by First Class Sailing. You can see full details and book the course here.

Dates: 6/13/20/27 October, 3/10/17/24 November and the weekend 29/30 November, 6.30 - 9.30 evenings (instructor available from 6pm), 10am - 5pm weekends

Duration:  8 evenings and 1 weekend

Cost: £360  - 20% discount for CA members. Members can find the Discount Code here.

Non-members joining the CA during the course (and paying by Direct Debit) will also receive the 20% discount.

The Marine Accident Investigation Branch

date: 
Tue, 18/11/2014 - 19:30 - 22:00
place: 
Parkstone Yacht Club, Pearce Avenue, Poole, BH14 8EH

The role of the MAIB is to contribute to safety at sea by determining the causes and circumstances of marine accidents. This talk by Nick Hanse, Marine Inspector, explains how this is achieved and will include leisure craft accident reports.

The bar opens at 18.00 hours and the talks start at 19.30 hours. There is adequate parking and guests are welcome

A double transit of the North West Passage

date: 
Wed, 19/11/2014 - 19:00 - 21:30
place: 
CA House

A double transit of the North West Passage, by Rev Bob Shepton

Bob, an ex-Royal Marine and retired school chaplain, is an extraordinary sailor who has circumnavigated several times, sailing over 130,000 miles in every latitude from the Arctic to the Antarctic, and a climber who has scaled previously unclimbed arctic mountains to boot.

In July 2013, aged 78, Bob completed the unique feat of sailing his 33ft Westerly, Dodo's Delight, through the hostile Arctic conditions of the North West Passage in both directions in successive years.  Last year he faced extremely harsh conditions with 30-40 per cent more ice than usual and strong headwinds and was one of only three boats to make it through. But he still found time to carry out underwater filming for a Scottish marine biology consultancy to analyse the Arctic seabed flora on the way.

Individual lecture tickets: Members £4.00 , Non-members £7.00. Season tickets available.

To book contact the CA Office. Tel: 0207 537 2828 or email office@cruising.org.uk

Lectures and talks start promptly at 19:00hrs