Chipping Norton Yacht Club is for all who love boats and the sea. We may be 100 miles inland but that’s precisely why we need a yacht club. There are many people locally who sail but, until now, there’s been nowhere for them to meet like-minded nautical folk. Whether you take your fun on a sail boat or a motor boat, whether you have your own craft or charter, at the Chipping Norton Yacht Club you’ll meet lots of people who share a common interest.
If you are not a member why not join us? You do not have to own a boat but just have some level of interest in anything nautical and be able to spare an evening a month to meet up with us for dinner and a talk. Contact our membership secretary for more information.
Now returned to the UK, Roger’s 24ft lugger is still for sale; see here. As the broker said – to build this boat to this standard these days would cost in six figures. Yours for four! (OK I know the ad states a price which is five figures, but I will accept a pound under that, from a member of this club.)
In February author and sailor Nicholas Gray told us about the eleven extraordinary sailors who had rounded Cape Horn alone by the time twelve men had set foot on the moon. Why compare these? In both cases rescue was impossible, and getting home uncertain. When wondering where to look for potential astronauts NASA considered deep-sea divers, circus performers and sailors – before choosing Forces people already on the payroll.
Nicholas took us through pictures of iconic vessels, and steely-eyed men who’d completed this feat, from Al Hansen in 1936 through to Bill King in 1973. In between some of the intrepids are household names (Francis Chichester, Robin Knox-Johnston, Chay Blyth) others, like Bernard Moitessier, are known to us sailors, and some even we would have struggled to name.
Nicholas knew many personally and had interviewed others, and had insights to share. Rounding the Horn is scary, with winds and seas creating what for many would be some kind of hell.
One famous astronaut spoke of “a small step for man, one great leap for mankind”. For those who go to sea, rather than space, there’s no greater step than rounding the Horn.
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