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Evening Talks

Talks & More Programme

Members are invited to attend a series of talks, workshops and presentations; typically held over the Autumn and Winter months. 

Topics covered can be anything from personal experiences to technical skills.

Keep your eye on our calendar for more information.


Some examples of our previous events:

No tides in the Baltic - September 2018

Narrow Channels, Secret Anchorages and new techniques   (September 2018)
Dave and Jeanette Hardy have now spent four seasons exploring the Baltic Sea. In this talk they share the exploration of narrow rocky channels, passages with continuous daylight, encounters with Russian customs and the welcome of so many Scandinavian yachtsmen

‘Travels with Tilman’ Talk by Bob Comlay to LYC – October 10th 2018

Bill Tilman's climbing and sailing achievements rank amongst the greatest in the fields of twentieth century mountaineering and high latitude sailing. By the time of his disappearance in the South Atlantic in 1977, he had left a legacy of some of the finest travel books ever written. Quoted as an inspiration by both Chris Bonington and Robin Knox-Johnston, Tilman's books remain essential reading for those who embark on similar ventures.

Born in 1898, Tilman was a highly decorated military leader who survived the brutality of the Great War and volunteered for covert operations behind enemy lines leading Albanian partisans during the second World War. Apart from this extraordinary wartime service, the rest of his life was spent climbing in and sailing to remote parts of the world, stopping only to write the fifteen books which
document his travels.

Bob Comlay was one of only a handful of crew-members who chose to return for a second voyage, earning a level of trust that gives him unique insight into the true character of this self-effacing legend of twentieth century exploration. This talk will cover a brief biography of Tilman and will give an account of the two Greenland voyages of 1970 and 1971. The talk is extensively illustrated with unpublished colour photographs, rarely seen film extracts and private correspondence.

The Sydney Hobart Race 2016 - November 2018

The Sydney Hobart Race 2016 is a fascinating account by Dick Stain and his navigator Carl Davies of the preparation, entry and participation in the world famous southern hemisphere race

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