Category Archives: Events

Events such as historical events, races, exhibitions, processions, regattas and so on.

The Rohilla rescue, October 1914

Naval hospital ship HMHS Rohilla was travelling to Dunkirk during October 1914 to collect wounded soldiers when she struck rocks at Whitby.

For three days the brave lifeboat crews and the people of Whitby and surrounding communities battled extreme conditions to reach the ship and rescue the passengers. Some 84 people lost their lives, but 145 were saved.

Row St Kilda to Skye

This summer a group of locals rowed 100 miles from Village Bay St Kilda to Portree on the Isle of Skye in an open rowing boat bulit around 1890, and raised funds for the RNLI and Skye & Lochalsh Young Carers along the way.

The next mission for Row St Kilda to Skye is to reintroduce skiff racing back to the Isle of Skye Highland Games – their boat Aurora was originally built to race in the games’ regatta, so next August the aim is to have her racing once again.

Sailing to and climbing the world’s most northerly volcano – Alasdair Flint talks at central London’s historic yacht chandlers Arthur Beale

There are still places available for tomorrow’s (Thursday’s) talk at central London’s historic chandler’s shop Arthur Beale.

The talk, by Alasdair Flint, is about his expedition in Sumara, a 26 foot wooden yacht, to the remote Arctic Island of Jan Mayen to climb Beerenberg, the world’s most northerly volcano.

Alasdair will cover the journey from Scotland to the Faroe Islands, where they were joined by friends on another wooden yacht, he next leg to Jan Mayen and the climb of Beerenberg, as well as their attempts to reach the East Coast of Greenland, which were thwarted by ice and bad weather.

Alasdair will then describe their return including climbing Snaefell in Iceland and their visit to the Westmann Islands.

Alasdair Flint and Tim Loftus were awarded the Tilman Medal by the Royal Cruising Club for the adventure.

This talk is one of a regular series of talks being held at Arthur Beale’s every first Thursday of the month.

Future talks include:

  • Thursday 6th November Dick Wynne will be talking about Albert Strange, yacht designer, artist, sailor and writer (1855-1917)
  • Thursday 4th December Bob Comlay tells us about sailing with Bill Tilman, the mountaineer and navigator, and perhaps the finest travel writer of the twentieth century
  • Thursday 5th February Patrick Keating will try to help us avoid getting ‘the bug’ when he talks about the life and care of modern diesel fuels

The talks start at 6:45pm, and last between an hour and an hour and a half. Some talks are charged at a nominal £5.00 per person to help cover the cost of buying chairs!

Anyone wishing to attend should either call in at the shop – 194 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JP or email talks@arthurbeale.co.uk