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November 2018 James Byrne – Is there a doctor on board?

Aboard 3-masted Barque Tenacious, one of two of Jubilee Sailing Trust’s tall ships especially equipped for people with disabilities, the answer is a resounding yes. On three of her voyages our eminent consultant neuroradiologist member James Byrne was the volunteer Ship’s Doctor. James reminded us of the long history of this noble calling by showing […]

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October 2018 – Fraser Gunn – the RNLI

‘For Those in Peril on the Sea’ We yachtsmen thought we knew about the RNLI – it rescues people like us, fishermen and merchant seamen in terrible gales.  Well it does, but as Fraser Gunn – our speaker this month – revealed, it also rescues huge numbers of walkers, sea-anglers, kayakers etc. as well as, […]

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September 2018 – Rowena Verity and Paul Atwood — 2017/2018 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race

As our Commodore said by way of introduction, this race is decidedly not for wimps. Although sailors in the audience are accustomed to the privations and discomforts of small boats, the experiences we heard about were, for most of us, something else. Rowena Verity had us enthralled by her account of her time aboard 70ft […]

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April 2018 – Penny Tranter “Sailing Weather”

Penny Tranter has had 35 years working at the Met office, and is a sailor. So she understands as we do the importance of weather to sailors, but, unlike most of us, can read and interpret the clouds, satellite pictures, weather data, weather maps and so on to explain what is going on and what […]

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June 2018 Cathy Shelbourne “William Dampier, circumnavigator extraordinaire”

*Cathy is a professional and experienced speaker, and it showed. Her speciality is maritime heroes, and her normal habitat cruise ships. On cruises she always tries to offer a talk that connects in some way to where they are, but, as she had told us beforehand, finding a nautical topic with a connection to Chipping […]

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March 2018 – Barry Picthall – Golden Globe Race 2018

Writer and photographer Barry Picthall, Chair of the Yachting Journalists’ Association, was our March speaker. He won their “Journalist of the Year Award” in 2008, was Yachting Correspondent on The Times for two decades, and it was meeting Robin Knox-Johnston, back in the 70’s, that proved seminal in sparking his lifelong interest in yacht racing. […]

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Feb 2018 “The Careened Ship – a pursuit across the Internet” Frances Miller

This picture shows a boat being “careened” (hauled onto her side) for repairs. At our February meeting Commodore Frances Miller told how she’d come across and been intrigued by this watercolour, which was unsigned, undated, with no hint of the ship’s name. She was sufficiently interested to start searching for the boat’s identity and why […]

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Dusseldorf 2018

Barnaby S and Roger B visited Europe’s biggest and most impressive boat show in Dusseldorf in January 2018. Barnaby did it as a day trip, leaving Chadlington at an unholy hour to catch the 0700 flight from Birmingham. Roger spent the previous night in Birmingham, as he doesn’t do early (well not that early!). Flybe’s […]

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November 2017 – Norway: land, sea and air – Hugh Woodsend

Rear Commodore Hugh Woodsend knows Norway well. He’s been there countless times. He’s buzzed about the mountains at zero feet and performed air displays as a development test pilot in command of an F104 Starfighter or F16; he’s made yacht or gin palace deliveries; and he’s enjoyed cruises there after yacht races. This year, in […]

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October 2017 – Max Liberson – “The Boat they laughed at!”

Max was introduced as being “one of a kind” whatever that means. He said he felt very much at home here with us, whatever that meant. Max soon had us laughing. His talk was indeed a hoot. But here was a man who clearly knew exactly what he was doing, and what he and his […]

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September 2017 – Dick Durham “Voyage between Empires”

Our September talk, held at the Chippy Chequers, was given by writer, raconteur and Yachting Monthly’s editor-at-large Dick Durham, on a topic that has fascinated yachties and historians for years. Was Erskine Childers’ pre-WW1 classic spy thriller The Riddle of the Sands just a novel, or was it a warning about a real threat of […]

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July 2017 – Race Night

CNYC members always maintain a keen sense of competition.  This was proved, once again, at the July gathering, when members, Liz and Paul Spencer, hosted a bring-and-share supper at their beautiful own-build home in Chipping Norton.  To add a certain zest to the evening, Paul, himself a dedicated ‘petrol-head’, threw an ‘all-comers’ challenge to his […]

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Summer BBQ June 2017

Fresh gravel had been laid to the drive. Furniture had been made, allegedly, for the event. The marquee had been dressed overall, with courtesy flags for far-flung nations, and with a ‘Q’ flag (to save you landlubbers having to look it up, hoisting the “Q” requests “Free Pratique “. Now you know.) The bread, both 7 […]

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May 2017 “Memorable Anchorages” – Alistair and Carolyn Roberts

In a double act husband-and-wife sailors Alistair and Carolyn Roberts gave a memorable talk on their “memorable anchorages”. Having sailed together for over 45 years, spent 279 nights at anchor during their circumnavigation, and 100 or more since, they had had a “self-indulgent” task selecting the most memorable few. They’d picked places that stood out […]

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April 2017 – Show and Tell

With a last-minute cancellation by our planned speaker the April meeting took on an unusual, impromptu flavour. Dave Oakley opened with a song. Frances Miller kicked of a “show and tell” session with a batch of unusual items she and James had found indispensible during their 15-year circumnavigation. They had been the world’s most unsuccessful […]

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29th March 2017 – Man is Not Lost – Tom Cunliffe

Back to CNYC for a third time, Tom both celebrated and lamented the astounding developments in navigation over his lifetime. It is to celebrate because knowing effortlessly where you are on the planet to within a few feet is of course remarkable and wonderful. But it has its pitfalls, and he wondered whether one will […]

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February 2017 Chris Adams “Mad About the Isles – a Scottish Passion”

Vice Commodore Chris Adams started his talk by proposing to us some guiding principles for sailing in the wild waters of Western Scotland. These principles might, on reflection, be seen as being equally relevant to sailing in general, and perhaps even to life as a whole. So what was he suggesting? Stop when you are […]

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Chipping Norton Yacht Club AGM talks 2017 – Danish Greeks and Frisian riddles

First up was Barnaby Scott – B’s talk was entitled “Ελένη- a boat for Greece”  – and he started by telling us of his love of  traditional Greek fishing boats, Caiques (Καΐκια), that he’d so admired when sailing in Greek waters. These colourful and elegant vessels are under threat from an EU regulation that demands, […]

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Christmas 2016 – “In the bleak midwinter”

was half the answer to one of the questions in Barnaby Scott’s taxing Christmas quiz – one of the highlights of Chipping Norton Yacht Club’s December gathering. The question was posed with a short piece of printed musical score. Easy enough if you can read music. Not if you can’t. The other half of the […]

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November 2016 – The Business of Boating – The Pindar Journey

Andrew Pindar had arrived hot foot from the World Sailing Forum in Valletta, where he’d been engaged in debate about the future of competitive sailing – multihulls v monos, whether design should give racing craft a better chance of subsequent use after laurels are won or lost… Andrew was born by water in the seaside […]

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