South West

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.

Not a voyage for Madmen: Falklands and back under sail

Fri, 21/02/2020 - 18:30

An amazing story of one couple’s voyage from the Tamar River round Cape Horn and back taking in Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, French Guyana and Cuba. John and Sue Chadwick set off in 2016 on a sailing adventure. "We weren’t pitchpoled, dismasted, attacked by pirates or capsized" John says but the story of their adventure is as gripping as any you’ll hear.

South West Section Christmas Lunch

Sun, 08/12/2019 - 12:45

Come and join the South West Section members for a festive glass of fizz and lunch at the award winning Rockfish restaurant in Dartmouth. This promises to be a relaxed Sunday afternoon among friends with some of the best seafood in the country with time to reflect on the season past and plan for the future season.

Relive the highlights of the last year and anticipate those to come in 2020.  We'll be giving prizes for the best tales of 2019.

Robot boat across the Atlantic

Tue, 07/01/2020 - 18:30

To mark the 400th Anniversary of the Mayflower’s voyage to America a state-of-the-art vessel is to attempt the same voyage but with no one on board. Departing from Plymouth UK and docking in Plymouth USA the boat will be crammed full of scientific test equipment and be principally powered by solar energy. A consortium of organisations is behind this ambitious project and Paddy Dowsett of MSub, the builders, will be explaining the technical, logistical and legal issues involved in this unique voyage.

The Scillies - Secret Anchorages - Graham Adam and Antony Wells

Fri, 29/11/2019 - 06:30

The Scillies - popular and secret anchorages by the author of the Scillies pilot book Graham Adam. A new edition of the book will be published in time for the next sailing season and in this talk Graham explain what his total update and revision has revealed. If you are planning a trip to these islands then this talk should not be missed. Even if you are not planning a trip then you should still attend as you will discover some fascinating and amazing things.  There's something for first-time visitors and old hand alike.

Visit to RNLI HQ and Lifeboat Simulator

Fri, 20/09/2019 - 11:00

The South West Section is taking to the lifeboats!   This will be a visit to RNLI HQ in Poole, which will include a tour of the College and a chance to take the helm of a lifeboat in the simulator.

Social evening in Brixham - No Charge

Wed, 27/03/2019 - 19:00

A chance to meet other local members for an informal social evening. Come along share a drink, (there's food if you'd like it), and get to know fellow members in a relaxed atmosphere. We have exclusive use of the Jubilee Room at the Brixham Yacht Club and there's no charge. Please book HERE so we have an idea of numbers.