South West

SW Section Special Lunch

Sun, 13/03/2022 - 12:30

This event is currently fully booked, however you can still register for the waiting list if we are able to increase the number of places available at the restaurant.

This Special lunch replaces the postponed Christmas Lunch which was delayed because of Covid-19.

Falklands to Plymouth: John Chadwick

Thu, 02/12/2021 - 18:30

When John Chadwick last visited he had us all enthralled with his account of sailing from Plymouth to the Falklands. He returns to complete to story taking us step-by-step through his return cruise from the Southern Atlantic back to Plymouth. He claims to be "an ordinary sailor like many in the CA" - well this ordinary sailor has achieved something extraordinary.

CANCELLED: HM Coastguard: Jon Kendray - Snr. Coastguard Officer

Thu, 04/11/2021 - 18:30

We have unfotunately had to cancel this event due to insufficient numbers booking to attend.

Sail trim for cruisers: Chris Jeckells, MD Jeckells the Sailmakers

Thu, 14/10/2021 - 18:30

Chris is the fourth generation of this family-run leading sailmaker. It all started back in 18** when his great, great, grandfather discovered he was a better sailor than fisherman. He stopped fishing and made sails instead. The rest is history. Chris will talk about the technical advances in sail making and look at sail trim for cruisers.

A meal is available after the talk. This must be booked directly with Royal Torbay Yacht Club - see below.

Saving Lives at Sea - Mark Criddle RNLI

Thu, 09/09/2021 - 18:30

1 September - this event is now cancelled, however we hope to re-book this for November. Details will be updated onto the calendar and event listing when confirmed.

Mark is the RNLI’s most decorated coxswain and has been on many dramatic and successful rescues. If you’ve seen 'Saving Lives at Sea' you’ll have an idea of what’s involved but there’s nothing as dramatic as hearing about it from the man at the very centre of sea rescue.

Brixham Trawler Pilgrim - CA Charter

Wed, 28/07/2021 - 00:00

Sail on board this heritage vessel, one of the last Brixham trawlers afloat.

Soundings South West Podcast: QHM Plymouth

Plymouth has nautical links going back to Nelson, Drake. Fitzroy and the Pilgrim Fathers. It’s 400 years since they sailed from Plymouth in search of a new life in America and Plymouth today maintains its nautical connections. It is the largest naval base in Western Europe. It is where our nuclear submarines are refueled, it is a ferry port, it has cargo vessels jetties, is a busy fishing port and is home to six marinas.

Soundings South West Podcast: Mayflower Autonomous Ship

The second of our Soundings South West series of podcasts looks at the issues involved in designing and building the MAS (Mayflower Autonomous Ship). In September the ship will drop its moorings in Plymouth, navigate its way out of the Sound and cross the Atlantic. Nothing unusual about that, you may say, but there will be no one on board. The entire passage will be controlled by an on-board computer with no human intervention. This is an ambitious project and gives a glimpse of the future of navigation at sea.

CA launches a topical Soundings South West Podcast

With cruising sailors firmly anchored ashore in the face of the Covid-19 clampdown, the Cruising Association’s (CA) South West Section has launched a new podcast to keep maritime spirits lifted despite not being able to get afloat.

This is first in the new series of topical podcasts with a CA South-West focus but also including highly relevant information for anyone missing the sheer joy of messing about in boats.


(Postponed) Private Tour - Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth

Tue, 07/04/2020 - 10:15

Postponed due to Coronavirus. This popular tour will be reinstated once the Navy deems it safe to do so. Members who booked will receive a full refund.

The college is almost as old as the Royal Navy itself and its origins has links to Sir Walter Raleigh. It was bombed during the war, The Duke of Edinburgh and The Prince of Wales are past students and today all of the navy’s officers pass through its doors but with a shrinking navy it is under threat.