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This Year’s Meetings

  • Wed
    31
    Jan
    2018

    AGM

    7:00 pmWychwood Golf club

    As well as the formal AGM business our January meeting this year will give us a chance to celebrate our first 5 years.  On the entertainment side, Hugh is putting together a film collating many of the highlights of the last 5 years and we also have a show of the very best of the classic Mike Peyton sailing cartoons.  There will be finger food provided together with a complimentary drink – and the bar will be open for those needing further refreshment.

  • Wed
    28
    Feb
    2018

    7 for 7:30Wychwood Golf Club

    Dave Selby is a passionate but useless sailor who’s been fumbling around the east coast for years in Marlin, his 18-ft Sailfish, without dying once. In 2016 the PBO columnist set his horizons further afield, heading off on Marlin’s Mission to sail 340 miles – up the Thames to London and on to Southampton – to exhibit his boat at The Southampton Boat Show. The aim was to demonstrate that cost is no barrier to getting afloat, that in this day and age sailing has never been more affordable. Another impetus of Marlin’s Mission was to raise money for charity. In 2012 Dave was struck down by a rare viral condition called Guillain-Barre Syndrome. In Dave’s case it means that the messages stop getting through to his legs every four weeks or so; then he spends three days in hospital where antibodies from the blood of 800 donors are pumped into him to restore his legs. So far Dave has raised over £9000 for the charity (gaincharity.org.uk) that funds research into this rare illness and provides support for those with it. Dave has also launched his first sailing book, The Impractical Boat Owner, a light-hearted commentary on “the yachting condition,” charting his meteoric rise from total novice to complete incompetent. “Everything I haven’t learned is in there,” says Dave proudly. Dave will be telling the tale of his adventures and signing copies of his book.
    www.impracticalboatowner.com/
    www.facebook.com/impracticalboatowner/

  • Wed
    28
    Mar
    2018

    7 for 7:30Wychwood Golf Club

    Barry Pickthall is the former yachting correspondent of The Times, chairman of the Yachting Journalists’ Association, and holds the archive photo collections from Knox-Johnston, the Chichester family and Eileen Ramsay. In addition, he is the UK head of publicity for the 50th anniversary Golden Globe Race, about which he will be talking to us.

    Menu

    A – Minted Lamb Stew
    B – Fish Pie Topped with Chive Mash
    V – Stuffed pepper

    followed by
    P – Selection of Homemade Desserts
    C – cheese platter

    Coffee & Mints

  • Wed
    25
    Apr
    2018

    7 for 7.30Wychwood Golf Club

    Penny joined the Met Office in 1983 and in 1992 joined the team at the BBC Weather Centre, making her first television appearance on 7 November of that year. She appeared regularly on BBC News 24, BBC Radio 4, Radio Five Live and BBC World, and for some years she was a regular weather presenter on BBC One. Penny left the BBC Weather Centre in January 2008.  Since then her roles have included Met Office forecaster for the 2012 Olympic sailing events and Fastnet forecasting and briefing. She is currently Met Office Advisor (Civil Contingencies) working with Emergency Responders and Planners in S and SW England responsible for weather advice during severe weather events.
    Penny has sailed since she was a teenager, working as a sailing instructor in New York State, and has crossed the Channel in a Force 9.  So she’s well able to tell us about forecasting weather for sailing.

    Menu
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    A – Steak & Ale Pie
    B – Fish Pie Topped with Chive Mash
    V – Leek & Potato Strudel
    followed by
    P – Selection of Homemade Desserts
    C – Cheese platter
    Coffee

  • Wed
    06
    Jun
    2018

    7 for 7:30Wychwood Golf Club

    Cathy will be speaking to us about William Dampier, ‘circumnavigator extraordinaire’.
    Described by Coleridge as ‘a man of exquisite mind,’ William Dampier’s enquiring nature took him round the world three times, resulting in the highly influential travel book A New Voyage Around The World, and scientific treatises and descriptions of natural history. His books inspired Charles Darwin, Jonathan Swift, Daniel Defoe and Captain Cook – and they were required reading for Nelson’s officers. But he was also a highly successful pirate, as the Spanish knew to their cost.

    Cathy Shelbourne is a member of the Yachting Journalists’ Association, and writes on a range of subjects, specialising in maritime heroes. She is a long-standing member of Toastmasters International, has won numerous speech contests and regularly coaches clients in presentation skills. Her series of presentations on maritime heroes, given around the country and aboard cruise ships, look at the private person behind the name and the significance of their actions to our world today.

    Menu:
    A/B: Carvery
    V: Vegetarian Lasagne with Salad and Garlic Bread

    P: Selection of puddings
    C: Cheese and biscuits

    Followed by Coffee

  • Wed
    26
    Sep
    2018

    7 for 7:30Wychwood Golf Club

    CNYC member Rowena Verity took up sailing just 4 years ago and, having completed the RYA Competent Crew and Day Skipper courses, went on to look for something more challenging. She was soon signed up for five of the eight legs of the 2017/2018 Clipper Round the World Race, a race which is definitely not for softies. As one of a team of 20 amateur sailors aboard the 70ft yacht Garmin, Rowena spent 140 days at sea and sailed over 25,000 nautical miles;  the hard work and physical discomfort were offset by glorious sunsets, shooting stars, dolphins, whales and seabirds. Of the 12 competing boats, Garmin was placed 4th.  Additional insight will be provided by Rowena’s guest, Paul Atwood, who was one of the Training Skippers for the race and also on standby in case a Relief Skipper was needed.

    Menu at £18.50

    Carvery:  Roast Topside of Beef (cooked pink);  Roast Loin of Pork & Crackling;  Roast Turkey Breast
    Vegetarian:  Nut Roast
    All accompanied by – 
    Roast Potatoes, Yorkshire Pudding, Stuffing,  Red Wine Jus & Seasonal Vegetables

    Followed by a selection of homemade desserts or cheese
    Coffee

  • Wed
    31
    Oct
    2018

    7 for 7:30Wychwood Golf Club

    For all of us sailing in British or Irish waters the RNLI quite literally provides our lifeline.  But that is only a small part of their role and, as anyone who has caught some of the fascinating TV programmes will appreciate, the RNLI safeguards all those who venture on, in or near water.

    For our October meeting we are delighted to welcome Fraser Gunn – a very experienced RNLI Education Liaison Volunteer with the RNLI to tell us about its history and, more importantly, exactly what the RNLI does now – illustrated with plenty of photos and videos.  Fraser is himself a yachtsman, having sailed in both in the UK and Ionian waters and brought with him to the RNLI an impeccable search and rescue background as a former District Commander for the Fire and Rescue Service.

    Menu at £18.5o

    Fish pie

    Steak & ale pie

    Roasted root vegetable hot pot

    All accompanied by – A selection of seasonal vegetables

    Followed by a selection of homemade desserts or cheese
    Coffee

  • Wed
    21
    Nov
    2018

    7 for 7:30Wychwood Golf Club

    Our eminent, consultant neuroradiologist member James Byrne recalls his experiences as volunteer medical officer on an extended tall ship cruise as well as some of the particular challenges of dealing with medical issues at sea.  Meanwhile, Gwen Baxter-Smith takes a hard look at seasickness.  Gwen is a specialist audiology nurse and Clinical Director of the Harley Street Ear Clinic and has developed a particular interest in seasickness – why it happens and what to do about it?

    Menu:
    Carvery
    V: Stuffed pepper

    P: Selection of puddings
    C: Cheese and biscuits

    Followed by Coffee

  • Wed
    12
    Dec
    2018

    7pm for 7.30pmBlue Boar

    We are back at the Blue Boar for our ever popular Christmas party, including traditional dinner, Barnaby’s (in)famous quiz (hopefully with less string), another shanty or two from Dave Oakley, photo competition and of course plenty of seasonal cheer!