Back by popular demand, this seminar was first held by Suffolk Section in November. A broad spectrum of topics is on the agenda, starting with an overview of today's global situation covering the effects of climate change, safety, piracy, and favourite destinations. This will be followed by planning a journey, to the Mediterranean, Madeira, Canaries, Caribbean and the return voyage home with illustrated highlights.
Nigel Irens is a leading yacht designer, perhaps best known as creator of the trimaran used by Ellen MacArthur to break the world record for solo circumnavigation in 2005. His portfolio is wide-ranging, from racing yachts to innovative cruising designs, typically synthesising traditional forms with modern materials and methods of construction. In this talk he will cover a couple of his most famous designs before going on to explain the background to his latest projects.
Date: Wednesday 27 March. Lectures and talks start promptly at 1900 hrs.
Recounting the latest in a series of adventures that began with an east-west transit of the North West Passage in 2014, in this talk Steve Brown will cover two sailing and ski mountaineering expeditions to South Georgia and Antarctica in the southern spring and summer of 2017-18.
Offered a berth in the South of France for no more than the cost of his Gosport marina fees, Ken Munn decided to move Snowbird to the sun without delay. He planned his voyage for a maximum of three day legs with stopovers to refuel and replenish. With three crew change ports-of-call, and other pitstops, the trip of 2100nm was made in five weeks, with 21 nights at sea. Ken will describe the planning, the boat preparation and the pitfalls. And how he arrived on the Côte d’Azur in June wearing full oilskins and dodging garden furniture.
The designer Albert Strange (1855-1917) was a seminal figure in the development of the small cruising yacht, in addition to being an accomplished sailor, marine artist, and writer. He is best known for his refinement, along with his friend George Holmes, of the Canoe Yawl type — arguably the most suitable for single- or short-handed cruising under sail. His designs have enjoyed a resurgence of interest in recent years; Dick Wynne, a former Chairman of the Albert Strange Association, is on his third (and possibly final) Strange yacht.