We welcome ideas for future talks – please contact Andrew Callender.

Unless specified otherwise, there is no charge for talks – please sign up on the Club noticeboard and book food with payment at the bar or by phone (01243 373065)

Talk & Supper
Thursday 23 November, 19:15
Nevil Shute – Writer and Solent Yachtsman
Talk by David Henshall
Coq au vin with seasonal vegetables, lemon tart – £12.50pp

As a lifelong Solent sailor, David ‘Dougal’ Henshall has enjoyed success afloat in pretty much anything that will float: big boats, small boats and multi-hulls. His biggest love is for the thoroughbred dinghies: the Merlin Rocket, 505 and Contender.

After leaving the corporate world behind, he took up the task of documenting and writing about the history of small racing boat development and now reports extensively on this subject. However, his love of detail extends far off into other subjects, one of which is the life and writings of Nevil Shute (Norway). Through his books such as ‘Requiem for a Wren’, ‘A Town Like Alice’ and ‘On the Beach’ Shute became one of the UK’s most successful authors of the 20th Century. Yet few who sail in the Solent realise just how much his books are a comment on a life spent messing around with boats and planes in the area formed by the Hampshire Basin.

In this illustrated talk entitled, ‘Nevil Shute – Writer and Solent Yachtsman’, Henshall will examine how that painful process of learning to sail in the years following WW1 would blossom into a love of cruising along the south coast. At the same time, this provided so much of the background material for many of Nevil Shute’s most iconic books.

Talk & Lunch
Thursday 14 December, 12 noon
81 North – the Arctic
Talk by Ade Fox
Ade Fox recounts how he and his wife Josette sailed on a small ship classed as an ice-pusher, starting from Longyearbyen on Svalbard, the Norwegian archipelago which lies about 800 miles north of the Arctic Circle. The ship travelled through frozen fjords and desert islands north of Svalbard and entered the Polar Ice Cap some 500 nautical miles from the North Pole.

This was a truly magical frozen world with jewel-like ice. There were some encounters with polar bears, walruses and a sleeping blue whale, as well as a little walk on the Polar Ice Cap.

The south west of Svalbard also hosted derelict mines, tame reindeer and a surprising number of wild flowers. This was also the site where Amundsen left to make the first verified trans-polar crossing by airship. 

Andrew Callender
House Committee
Past speakers include:
Alasdair Acass, Sir Ben Ainslie, David Barrie, John Bartlett, Sir Chay Blyth, Mike Brooks, Jock Clear, Clare Foster, Ade Fox, Geoff Holt MBE, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, Sam Langmead, Jess Lavery, Capt Iain Lower, RN, Caroline McKeever, John Nelson, Gilbert Park, Nigel Peake, Martin Preston, Gen Lord David Richards, Trevor Sapey, Cdr Colin Williams, OBE

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