110 years of cruising by Jeremy Batch

"There is nothing... absolutely nothing, half-so-much worth doing as simply messing about in boats." Appropriately, those words were first published in 1908, the year that the Cruising Association was founded.

Based on a different book: Cruising for 100 Years by Brian Hammett and with additional material provided by many other members, this is Jeremy's adaptation of the story of the CA over the past 110 years, told against the background of a century of developments in leisure boating and marine technology including: how a melted ice-cream led to an invention which has been blessed - and cursed - by every CA member (and it wasn't the freezer) and how "the most valuable cargo we ever sent to America" can now be found on many of our boats and in all of our homes.

Date: 8th March 2018

Time: 1900, talks start 2000

Venue for our Winter Warmers:

The Dog & Bear Hotel
The Square
​ME17 2PG
01622 858219

Many eat beforehand and It helps speed up service if you are able to telephone the Dog and Bear and order your meal before 4pm. The talks start after supper at 8pm.

CA Menu:


Breaded Wholetail Scampi – chips and salad with tartare sauce

Steak and Spitfire Ale Pie – with mash potato and peas

Brie and Sun Dried Tomato Burger (v) – chips and coleslaw

Lambs Liver and Bacon Casserole – mash, kale and red onion gravy

Horseshoe Gammon Steak – with grilled pineapple

Breast of Chicken – with crushed potatoes, creamed leeks and fennel

Pumpkin Risotto (v) – with rocket and parmesan

Cottage Pie – with vegetables

There is ample parking available and you are very welcome to bring guests.