Channel Section Seminar - 2020

Channel Section Seminar


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Channel Section Seminar

at CA House, London on Saturday 1st February 2020

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Our seminar for 2020 includes a wide range of presentations which should be of interest to CA members and non-members; those familiar with the Channel area and those new to it.

As always it also provides a chance to meet other Channel Sailors to chat and exchange knowledge and experience.


Brexit – Ted Osborn (CA Regulations & Technical Services)
Brexit - the possible impact on Cruising Yachtsmen - and what can be done about it.

Passage Planning In The Electronic Age – Steve Lacey
Increasingly our passages are planned and managed using electronic devices but how best to take advantage of electronic data in weather, tides and charts to integrate then and into useful information for our plan and its management. This will consider electronic tidal atlases and curves; weather including grib files; an electronic passage plan and monitoring process using MFDs, tablets and PCs.

North Brittany – Pick of the Ports – Bob Garrett
North Brittany is only a short distance across the Channel and is a wonderful cruising ground. Bob will talk through his ‘pick of the ports’, each one different in navigation and attractions as well as some useful passage-stop ports.

Sailing To The Edge Of The World (Weymouth to St Marys) – Michael Marston
Places visited and enjoyed, or not, on England's Southern shores. A cruising couples view of sailing down West, with their dog, visiting the jewels of the English channel coast between St Albans Head and St Marys in a yacht using moorings, anchorages and marinas to make life hassle free and fun.

How Safe Is Your Boat For Channel Passages – Paul Harewood
Paul Harewood has his yacht MCA coded (and has even had it seen on TV) and using this and his professional experience of Health & Safety will talk about what he has learnt about boat safety for us all.

OpenCPN: An Introduction To This "Open Source" Chart Plotter – John Cameron
Summary: What is it? Why might you use it? How to get it? How does it work and what does it look like? What about charts? How much does it cost? Is it rugged and fit for purpose?
There will also be a table-top demo available during the breaks.

Your Ideas For Comfortable Life Onboard – Sue Garrett
A chance to discuss and share with others the more unusual additions to your cruiser to make passage making and living onboard more comfortable, more homely. Please come prepared with the list of items you may have onboard that others might be interested in. This might include items you could not do without in the galley/saloon, victualling – food stores items, non-chandlery innovations/diy/items, non-chandlery electronics/communication aids etc., recycling/environmental items. As subgroups and as a group we will share and discuss these.

Channel Rally
There will also be a brief review of the 2019 Channel Section Rally and preview of plans for the 2020 Channel Rally

Hot buffet lunch and tea/coffee included.

Book you place(s) now by clicking here and then scrolling down to the Channel Seminar on 1st February 2020.