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 22 February, 19:15
My journey to Rio – an inside view of the 2016 Olympics and Paralympics
Talk by Mark Rushall, strategist to the British Sailing Team

With a breathtaking backdrop of mountains, complicated tidal patterns, varied weather, magnetic irregularities, harbour and ocean courses, and a vibrant culture that inspires and depresses in the same breath, the Rio Olympic venue presented unique challenges and experiences for the British Sailing team.

Team strategist Mark Rushall picks the best of his photos, videos, and stories to give you an insight into some of the highlights and lowlights of his journey to Rio and beyond.

Talk & Supper
Thursday 29 March, 19:15
War and Peas: a family's story from the Falklands War
Talk by John & Jenny Lippiett
Rear Admiral John Lippiett, CB, CBE, DL is a former senior Royal Navy officer who became Commandant of the Joint Services Command and Staff College
John and Jenny Lippiett will together give an illustrated talk about their experiences in 1982 and read some extracts from their letters.  Their book War & Peas was written to help provide a background about the families left behind during the conflict at the time of the Royal Naval Museum Portsmouth exhibition at the 10th Anniversary. The BBC then broadcast extracts read by John & Jenny on the Today Programme.

John was a Lieutenant Commander, and serving in a frigate, HMS Ambuscade, while Jenny was back in Westbourne looking after two young children and expecting another later that year. For John, the battle was as much against the weather as it was against missiles and torpedoes, but Jenny was fighting the gas bills and the stolen buggy and had taken up frenetic gardening as an escape therapy. Together, they weave a very human story that is so typical of service families separated by distance and conflict.

They now live in Bosham, John having retired after 36 years in the Navy and then 13 at the helm of the Mary Rose. He now lectures extensively on maritime history at sea - and Jenny (when not at sea) continues to tackle the weeds in their garden and plant far too many plants and crops.


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, David Henshall, 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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