With tropical destinations being increasingly affected by the consequences of climate change, many sailors are now looking for alternative cruising destinations in less frequented areas of the world. Challenging some of these voyages may be, but the rewards will more than make up for the effort. Jimmy Cornell, who has sailed both to Antarctica and more recently through the Arctic and the North West Passage, will present an overview of the various options in both the northern and southern hemispheres. Richly illustrated with photographs from his own voyages.
The south and east coasts of Italy are under-appreciated as a cruising destination. People often pass through as quickly as possible on their way to or from Croatia or Greece. Yet there are many delightful towns and stops off the main sailing track and the iconic city of Venice is surprisingly easy to visit on a sailing yacht. With excellent food, wine and coffee, no flotillas and few charter boats, Boyd says it’s an area not to be missed.
The winters in UK can be cold, damp and downright miserable, so if you want to be warm and are missing sailing what do you do? Go south was Trevor’s conclusion. Tahiti and its islands sounded nice and so did the Bay of Islands in New Zealand. So why not a round trip and do them both? Oh! and perhaps throw in California on the way home. Trevor hopes this talk will inspire you to do something similar.
Rob Gibson, author of the RYA SailTrim Handbook for Cruisers, will pass on his huge experience in racing, cruising and sail training. Whether it’s thrashing across an ocean or a day-sail to a country pub, good sail trim will get you there faster, in greater comfort and with more pleasure.
Rob will talk about the essentials of rig set-up, different types of sail and sail materials and their uses, the benefits of good balance and the various controls to achieve good trim.
Charles and Susie have sailed Smystery, their Jeanneau 45DS, from their base in Phuket around the Andaman Sea, visiting Malaysia, Indonesia, Myanmar and India. In this talk they will explain how they ended up in Thailand and the practicalities, pros and few cons of cruising there. As well as covering the popular Islands southwards to Langkawi, they will talk about cruising to the remote, seldom visited Andaman Islands and the Mergui Archipelago.
The Baltic seems to many in the UK as a land far, far away. But it is only 350nm to Cuxhaven from Dover. Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Poland, Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Finland and Russia are then available for great exploration. Marinas are much cheaper, food is cheaper and delicious, beaches are sandy and, surprise, surprise – there are no tides or tidal streams. What can possibly go wrong? Well let’s discuss that on the 16th of October.
Having at last bought a seaworthy boat, there was no excuse left for not sailing, so Ken went north from the Medway around (most of) the UK, mainly single-handed, visiting ports that hitherto were for him just names on the map. Important knowledge gained included: Scottish langoustines fly to Spain; midges don't fly when the weather's freezing; and where to find the cheapest beer in England. If you're thinking of making this trip, Ken says be assured, if he can do it then so can you. And he may well do it again.
Andy is a member of the European Inland Waterways Section and has recently revamped the CA’s Netherlands cruising reports. He was also the prime mover behind the guide to the Standing Mast Routes of the Netherlands. In this talk he will cover cruising both for sailing yachts and motor boats in different regions, as well as keeping a boat in this lovely area, or over-wintering and getting work done.