Admiral John Byng by David Davies

Convicted of "failing to do his utmost", Byng was executed on board the Monarch in March 1757; David Davies returns to Royal Harwich to regale us with one of his historical tales and we will learn about the Admiral's life in the Royal Navy, the Battle of Minorca and his eventual fate. Voltaire certainly had something to say about it in Candide: "In this country, it is good to kill an admiral from time to time, in order to encourage the others (pour encourager les autres)".

Date: Saturday 6th March 2021, evening.

Registration, opens on 20th January 2021 at 09:00.

(Our registrations are handled by Eventbrite but it is not necessary to sign up for an account with them.)

Covid-19 Special Arrangements for our Winter Talks: Due to Government regulations, it is unlikely that the Royal Harwich Yacht Club will be able to accommodate the usual number of participants for our social events this winter. We are therefore planning to broadcast each talk live on Zoom for people who cannot be at the Club. Moreover, if the regulations prohibit a live performance by a speaker in front of an audience, then the lecture will be delivered on Zoom to the audience at the Club as well as to those at home.

You may register to attend the talk On Zoom or At the Club.

On Zoom: Meeting opens at 19:30. We aim to make this a sociable meeting. You will be able to enjoy the illustrated talk, ask questions and interact with other participants if you wish. The Zoom Meeting details will be emailed to you the day before the event. Registration is for one device with as many watching as you wish.

You may find the following useful:  Hints and Tips on using Zoom.

At the Club: Doors open at 18:00; Dinner at 18:45; Lecture at 20:00. Reservations may be made for groups of between 4 and 6 people sitting together at one table, and these people may be from up to 2 different households or support bubbles. Nearer the date of the event, when we are sure how many we can safely seat at the Club, you will be asked to pay for your meal. If attending at the Club is not possible, your registration will be transferred to Zoom and we hope that you will join us in this way.

There is no charge for registering for the Winter Talks for the time being.

Places are limited for both attendance At the Club and On Zoom, so to avoid disappointment, please book early.