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Single-handed Trans-Atlantic Race (OSTAR)
Inspired by Chay Blyth to set a record, at the age of 12, David decided he would attempt to cross the Atlantic East-West singlehanded and compete in the 1976 OSTAR at the age of 17.
He was not allowed to enter the race (minimum age 21) but set out from Jersey on the 5th June 1976, the same day 126 yachts set out in the race. 43 days later he sailed into Newport Rhode Island to the sound of ‘Rule Britannia’ being played by a local brass band.
David will be sharing his experiences, thoughts and memories of the voyage with us and is looking forward to meeting the members.
David Smart, Research Associate, at the Department of Earth Sciences UCL, discusses weather systems from The Atlantic that affect the UK and Europe.
Explosively deepening cyclones in the North Atlantic region are a well-known hazard to mariners. David sketches out the latest scientific findings on the origins of the strongest winds in these types of extratropical storms, focussing on our current understanding of the mid- and low-level ‘jets’ that are responsible for the most extreme and localised winds.
The talk will be to appeal to sailors with knowledge and appreciation of the weather from the basic level upwards. Case studies of recent and historical storms, including the infamous ‘Fastnet Race storm’, 1979 and the ‘Great October storm’ of 1987 will be discussed.
Inspired by a talk given at his yacht club, Tim Barker took his plastic boat from the fleshpots of the Mediterranean down to Tierra del Fuego, and across the roughest and windiest passage of water in the world to the ice of Antarctica. Tim’s illustrated talk will, he hopes, inspire others to embark on adventures they never thought possible.
After a 60,000 miles, 16 year circumnavigation with his wife Susan and family on their 42ft Hallberg Rassy "Sea Bunny", Club member Richard Kidd is hanging up his sailing boots.
Richard recounts some of his memories and experiences.
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