RHYC/CA Winter Talks

We arrange a variety of talks throughout the Winter months: 


Sat 13 Oct Would you like Ice with that?
Exploring the East Coast of Greenland. David Robertson is an experienced sailor and circum-navigator who runs an outdoor adventure company. He sailed from Suffolk to Greenland via Scotland, The Faroes and Iceland seeing spectacular scenery and wildlife. Preparing the boat for Arctic cruising in uncharted water amongst ice-bergs was a challenge. 

Thurs 18 Oct WindFarms, The Gunfleet Sands Hywel Roberts
Lead environment specialist of Ørsted’s will talk on the Offshore wind farm industry, the power generated and the effects on sand banks, fishing, tidal streams and yachting.
 
Fri 19 Oct Bird Watch on SB Victor with Rick Vonk

Always a popular day out, cruise on Victor (sails up), a chance to helm or help with sail handling. See much wildlife in the Stour and Orwell with an expert birder on board.


Tues 23 Oct Sizewell B Nuclear Power Station Visit - Book by 21st Sept

Guided tours in small groups.

Sat 3 Nov Seminar. long Distance Cruising with Children Jimmy and Doina Cornell    
See full details below.

Thurs 8 Nov QE2 Capt Ian McNaught
An excellent speaker, now retired after many years.

Sat 17 Nov My life in Barging Part ll  Jimmy Lawrence
Enterprising and skillfull sailor: learn much and be amused.

Thurs 22 Nov Inland Waterways of Ireland Robin and Gillie Whittle
Trailer sailed their Cornish Shrimper to the River Shannon via many loughs to the River Erne.

Sat 1 Dec 'Allo 'Allo. Communications. Jeremy Batch
Well illustrated and intriguing talk.

To book Winter Talks and Meetings

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(Please note bookings can only be made up to 90 days in advance)


RHYC and CA host cruising guru Jimmy Cornell for a one-day world cruising Seminar in November
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We are delighted to welcome back cruising guru Jimmy Cornell to the Royal Harwich Yacht Club on Saturday 3rd November. In a jointly hosted one-day seminar, the packed itinerary will also introduce Jimmy's daughter Doina Cornell who is sharing her family cruising experiences with the attendees. 


 Jimmy and Doina Cornell

A broad spectrum of topics are on the agenda, starting with 'World cruising today', an overview of today's global situation covering the effects of climate change, safety, piracy, favourite destinations, and followed by 'Embarking on a journey' to the Med, Madeira, Canaries, Caribbean and return voyage home with illustrated highlights. 
 
The post-lunchtime sessions cover 'Main factors that can influence the successful completion of a voyage' e.g.: choice of boat, equipment, crew, finances and self-sufficiency, and 'Sailing as a family', presented by Doina. There is also ample time built in for an open forum to discuss individual voyage plans and ask questions. The day is rounded off with Jimmy's highlights of his own sailing life, covering the period from 1974 - 2017.
 
Jimmy Cornell - a name synonymous with sailboat cruising

An accomplished sailor and successful author, Jimmy Cornell has sailed over 200,000 miles in all oceans of the world including three circumnavigations as well as voyages to Antarctica, Patagonia, Alaska, Greenland, Arctic Canada and Spitsbergen. Thousands of sailors have fulfilled their dream of blue water cruising with the help of Jimmy Cornell's books. 

As the founder of the highly successful ARC transatlantic rally, Jimmy is credited with having devised the offshore cruising rally concept. In the last three decades, he has organised 32 transatlantic rallies, five round the world rallies and one round the world race, with over 3,000 boats and 15,000 sailors having participated in his sailing events. His latest series of rallies aimed at cruising sailors, the Atlantic and Blue Planet Odysseys,span the world. The Blue Planet Odyssey 2014-17 round the world event aimed at raising awareness of the global effects of climate change. Reflecting the growing concern for the state of the oceans, participants carried the message "The ocean, our future". During their voyage, they engaged in oceanographic and meteorological research programs under the auspices of UNESCO-IOC and NOAA.

 
Jimmy Cornell's voyages!

Nowhere are the consequences of climate change more noticeable than in the Northwest Passage. After an unsuccessful attempt to transit the Northwest Passage in 2014, in 2015 Jimmy made a successful transit from west to east on his new Aventura. Conceived by him as an ideal cruising boat for both hig
h latitude and tropical sail
ing, the Garcia Exploration 45 design won the SAIL 2015 Best Boat award.

 
Aventura, is a 13.50m aluminium yacht incorporating some unique features never seen in a yacht of this type before, pictured here in the Northwest Passage 

CA members and members of the Royal Harwich YC are being given priority booking throughout August for this exceptional opportunity at a discounted fee of £35 - including refreshments and lunch. The cost then rises to £40 for members and non-members alike from September onwards. 

 
Sat, 19th Jan Leonie Back, General Manager of Cirdan Trust 
Will talk about the work they do enabling young people, particularly the disadvantaged, to experience the challenge and adventure of life at sea on a large sailing vessel. The late Christopher Courtauld's yacht, Duet, is part of their fleet.

Thurs 24th Jan Matthew Davis, Senior Officer at Border Force, Harwich

Discussing the work of the Border Force in its various streams, especially in connection with yachtsmen spotting suspicious activity at sea and in the harbour.

Sat, 9th Feb Near and Far

Photo Rules can be viewed by clicking on the link.

Thurs, 21st Feb, Jonathan Dyke, M.D of Suffolk Yacht Harbour

A keen sailor with a classic yacht, he will talk about the excavation, construction and development of the Harbour over the years and about their future plans.