Lectures and Seminars

All lectures and seminars

The call of the Far North, by Jimmy Cornell

Wed, 12/02/2014 - 19:00 to 21:30

The call of the Far North: preparations for a transit of the Northwest Passage, by Jimmy Cornell

As Jimmy prepares for a transit of the Northwest Passage, he tells us about preparing boat, equipment and crew for high latitude sailing, based on lessons from his voyages to Antarctica, Alaska and Spitsbergen; and about designing a new Aventura for the trip in summer 2014, which will be the first stage of a planned fourth circumnavigation with the Blue Planet Odyssey.

All Ship-shape and Blackwall-fashion, by Jeremy Batch

Wed, 05/02/2014 - 19:00 to 21:30

As you sail past the O2 “Dome” or fly over it on the cable-car, look to the opposite bank and you will see the site of the largest private dock in Europe, the birthplaces of the hydraulic crane and the modern lighthouse, the yards where “bad buoys were made good” and HMS Warrior was launched, and the wharf where Brunel’s first steamship had her engine installed. 

Burns Night

Wed, 29/01/2014 - 19:00 to 22:30

For the first time in about 10 years, we are holding a Burns Night celebration at CA House this coming January, reviving a fine old tradition complete with recitations and song.

Sail Trim for Cruisers

Sat, 29/03/2014 - 10:00 to 16:30

Rob Gibson, author of the RYA Sail Trim Handbook for Cruisers, will pass on his huge experience in racing, cruising and sail training. Whether it’s thrashing across an ocean or a day sail to a country pub , good sail trim will get you there faster, in greater comfort and with more pleasure. 

Rob will demonstrate the essentials of rig set up and talk about sail sets and their use; upwind sailing; trade wind sailing and other topics.

Casting Off - a one day seminar

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 09:30 to 17:00

Lots of us dream of the day we can leave work and lawn mowing behind us and sail off into the sunset, and lots of Cruising Association members do just that.

There’s a lot to think about before you cast off. What do you do about your home: rent or sell? How will you keep in touch with family and friends? What about health care abroad and insurance outside of local UK waters? Can you access your bank account securely?

Then there is preparing the boat, and yourselves, for living aboard and longer distance cruising.

Taking the Stress out of Single/Short-Handed Sailing

Wed, 04/12/2013 - 19:00 to 21:30

Taking the Stress out of Single and Short-Handed Sailing, with Duncan Wells

Duncan is an RYA Instructor, Principal of Westview Sailing, and a features writer for Yachting Monthly. There is something for everyone from master mariners to novices in his talk, which is full of practical ideas delivered with humour.

A North Atlantic Circuit in Gulliver G

Wed, 20/11/2013 - 19:00 to 21:30

A North Atlantic Circuit in Gulliver G, with Geoff and Kate Caesar

Clare Francis famously crossed the Atlantic in Gulliver G back in 1973. In October 2011, 37 years later, current owners Kate and Geoff Caesar took her over the Pond again on a 10 month circuit of the North Atlantic.

The Baltic: Getting there, and why you would want to

Wed, 13/11/2013 - 19:00 to 21:30

The Baltic: Getting there, and why you would want to, by Nicholas Hill

The Baltic has gone from a place visited by the intrepid few to the Cruising Association’s second most popular destination. The area covers ten countries, each very different. With better weather than the UK, no tides, and a few thousand harbours to explore, Nicholas Hill reckons it’s the place to be.

In this talk, he explains how to get there, and where to go when you have arrived.

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

Croatia – the Med. as it used to be, with Stuart Bradley

Wed, 06/11/2013 - 19:00 to 21:30

Croatia – the Mediterranean as it used to be, with Stuart Bradley

Why does Croatia get a bad press? Before moving to the Adriatic, Stuart and his crew picked up many negative comments about Croatia's officialdom, costs, and the unfriendliness of the native population. Their plan was to spend one season there and overwinter in Greece. However, after five summers cruising the coast and islands they have no plans to move on.

Wreck of the Colossus, with Todd and Carmen Stevens

Wed, 30/10/2013 - 19:00 to 21:30

Colossus sank in 1798 off the Isles of Scilly. She was a 74 gun war ship. This is the story of the wreck and its salvage over the years, told by the divers that discovered it. Colossus was one of Nelson’s ships and carried an important and valuable cargo, owned by Sir William Hamilton.

The talk will include a 40 minute DVD made by the divers, who will also tell us about current diving and salvage projects around Scilly.

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