- Stokey Woodall – “An evening with Stokey Woodall” – Nov 23
Peter ‘Stokey’ Woodall joined the Club for an evening of two halves.
He began sharing the remarkable story of his life, from his beginnings in the Black Country, to his years at sea. Joining the army gave Stokey his first experience of sailing, but it brought sea sickness and limited enjoyment. With other options ...
- Dr Stephen Payne OBE – “Genesis of a Queen: Queen Mary 2” – Oct 23
The Winter Talk series is now in full swing, with fantastic attendance and the new venue proving a great success.
Our second talk of the series was Dr Stephen Payne – the naval architect responsible for designing the Carnival Corporation’s ocean liner, Queen Mary 2. Stephen’s talk took us through his interest in ships beginning ...
- Jane Williams – “Humpbacks and Icebergs” – Sept 2023
Club member Jane Williams shared the tale of her journey from Newfoundland to Greenland in 2022.
Unsurprisingly, there were numerous challenges to be overcome, not least navigating the ever-changing ice flow.
A wooden boat may not be the obvious choice for such a northerly passage, but Gemervescence was a 50 foot yacht with plenty of experience of ...
- Fitting Out Supper – May 2023
With the first Rally of the new season due to start the following day, the Fitting Out Supper took place in the nick of time! It was held at The Bowlers Arms, which gave members the opportunity to visit the new venue for the Club’s Winter Talk series. A delicious meal was provided ...
- Richard Vaughan Frankland – “Early Sailing in the Solent” – Apr 23
Richard Vaughan Frankland joined us for the evening to share how sailing had moved from a pastime of the rich and Royal, to one enjoyed by a significantly wider audience.
12th April 2023
- AGM – Mar 23
Another year has flown past, with the traditional mixture of WInter Talks and Rallies. Although it seems impossible that it’s been a whole year since our last AGM, what seems harder to believe is that it’s already time to welcome new Commodore and say goodbye to our current one.
Leslie Lowenthall has served the Club ...
- Meriel Larken – “The Ship, the Lady and the Lake” – Feb 23
In The Andes, 12,500 feet above sea level, may not seem like the most obvious location for a story about a steamship, but boats are needed on Lake Titicaca, the World’s highest navigable waterway. Building a boat in the UK, dismantling it and shipping it to South America to be re-built, sounds an unlikely ...
- Barry Pickthall – “The History of Yacht Photography” – Jan 23
Photography has changed almost beyond recognition in many ways, with the progression of technology, but there remains an art to getting the ‘right shot’.
Barry Pickthall shared with us a fascinating tale of how photography within the yachting world has made great use of the new technology available.
11th January 2023