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 26 October, 19:15
Maritime Medical Matters
Talk by Maire & Gilbert Park
Menu: Fish pie with seasonal vegetables, butterscotch brownie with ice cream

Gilbert Park worked as an Intensive Care Consultant for almost thirty years in Cambridge and London. During this time he wrote many learned papers, books and was fortunate to give talks in over 100 countries. He has many degrees including an Honorary Doctorate in Medical Science.  His wife, Maire (who will by necessity give part of the talk), was an ICU Consultant in Manchester and a specialist in Medical Education.

He has owned a boat for most of his working life, starting with a Mirror dinghy and progressing through Drascombes and RIBs to his current Sealine C330. Now retired, he has taken up sailing and photography full time, writing articles for some of the well known magazines. He sails in the Solent and the Mediterranean.

This talk is a combination of his medical knowledge, writing and above all his experience on his boats.

I hope the audience never experience any of the emergencies described in the talk.  If they are unlucky enough to have one they will at least be well prepared.

The evening will not only be a learning experience but also entertaining.

Talk & Supper
Thursday 23 November, 19:15
Nevil Shute – Writer and Solent Yachtsman
Talk by David Henshall

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
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, Nigel Peake, Martin Preston, Gen Lord David Richards, Trevor Sapey, Cdr Colin Williams, OBE

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