Cruising the east coast is, to say the least, interesting. For the first timer it can appear daunting with its shallow waters, numerous sand banks, strong tides and highly changeable weather. Garth Cooper is one of the three east coast sailors who compile and write the East Coast Pilot, the bible for those seeking peace and quiet among the many swatchways, estuaries, rivers and creeks that make this, in his opinion, a second-to-none sailing ground.
Jim Lawrence started his career during the war years when, aged 15, he joined the barge Gladys as the third hand. His first job was to climb the hundred foot mast to put up a new flag. By 19 he had become a skipper in his own right. Jim is a well known raconteur, and in this talk he will relate many of his observations and adventures from the days of trading around the Thames Estuary under sail.
Hanson lecture by Paul Heiney - A Quick Dash for the Horn
Over the last three years, long-standing CA member Paul Heiney has been voyaging to the depths of South America on a cruise which eventually took him round the infamous Cape Horn. It is one of sailing’s most feared, yet respected headlands. In this year’s Hanson Lecture he tells the story of his Cape Horn adventure during which he clocked up 18,000 miles and explains why a ‘quick dash’ is the only way to do it.
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.
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.
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.