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Upcoming events

    • 05/02/2020
    • 20:00 - 21:30
    • Ashtead Cricket Club

    Single-handed Trans-Atlantic Race (OSTAR)     

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    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.

    • 12/02/2020
    • 20:30 - 21:30
    • Ashtead Cricket Club

    Weather Systems

    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.

    Organiser:  Bill Rawle
    • 11/03/2020
    • 20:00 - 22:00
    • Ashtead Cricket Club

    HomeInspired 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. 

    • 18/03/2020
    • 20:00 - 21:30
    • Ashtead Cricket Club

    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.

Past events

15/01/2020 Chinese Medicine
04/12/2019 Electronic Navigation Aids
13/11/2019 RNLI Talk & Christmas Cards Sale
06/11/2019 An Evening with Tom Cunliffe
03/04/2019 Stress Free Sailing & Navigation - Duncan Wells
27/03/2019 CSC Sailing Fundamentals - Session 2
13/03/2019 The Commodore goes to the bottom of the World
27/02/2019 North West Passage
13/02/2019 Making Sailing Pay - Ken Fifield
16/01/2019 Singapore Sling goes Scandanavian
12/12/2018 'Confessions of a Yachtmaster Examiner'
07/11/2018 RNLI Presentation and Christmas Sale
21/03/2018 The Dreaded COLREGS- Bill Swindell
07/03/2018 Sailing Around Britain- Ken Endean
28/02/2018 The Trinity House Story- David Whitehead
21/02/2018 CATCH THE TIDE 2018
17/01/2018 Singapore Sling goes to the Baltic
10/01/2018 Sailing in the Orkneys
15/11/2017 The RNLI Then and Now
08/11/2017 'HW Tilman's Maritime Experience- Bob Comlay
01/11/2017 The Boats That Made Britain- Tom Cunliffe
05/04/2017 Open Mic Evening
01/03/2017 Marine Accident Investigation Board
22/02/2017 CATCH THE TIDE 2017
15/02/2017 National Coastwatch Institution
01/02/2017 First Aid for Sailors
11/01/2017 Scottish Adventures
23/11/2016 'Man is not Lost'- Tom Cunliffe
16/11/2016 Emergency Response and Turn to Starboard
09/11/2016 The Green Blue- Kate Fortnam
26/10/2016 RNLI- Our Services on the Thames
02/03/2016 'Sand, seals and surf - cruising around Norfolk to the Wash'.
24/02/2016 Operation Neptune - National Trust Coast
10/02/2016 Ropes and Knots
20/01/2016 Walking with Lions
13/01/2016 QHM at Portsmouth
16/12/2015 Frosted Earth - Clouds
18/11/2015 Racing and the North West Passage 2013
04/11/2015 The How and Why of Tides
28/10/2015 1st Cuddington (Warspite) Sea Scouts
07/10/2015 Jubilee Sailing Trust
11/02/2015 RYA Handicap System Talk
27/11/2014 Clipper Round the World- Littleton Sailing Club
28/05/2014 Talk about the Gwennili Trust
08/04/2014 Brooklands Talk
01/04/2014 My Personal Yacht Preparation for the Season Ahead
04/03/2014 Passage Planning Talk
14/01/2014 Coastwatch Talk
17/12/2013 Marine Accident Investigation Branch Talk
16/04/2013 Talk by Jubilee Sailing Trust
26/03/2013 Talk on a real life Man Over Board situation
19/03/2013 Harken and Ocean Safety Talk
05/02/2013 Talk - Farnborough Aircraft Museum
15/01/2013 Talk - Round Britain in a 17 footer
04/12/2012 Talk and presentation - Solent Sea Rescue Organisation
06/11/2012 Clipper Round the World Race by Tricia Morris
17/07/2012 Talk by Keith Gibbs
03/04/2012 Educational Talk - Tides (Part 2)
21/02/2012 Educational Talk - AIS
07/02/2012 Educational Talk – Flagged Up
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