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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

BBA short courses for 2015 now online

Short Course Programme page 1 2015 Short Course Programme page 2 2015

The Boat Building Academy at Lyme Regis has written to say that its programme of short courses for 2015 is now online.

BBA staffer Jane Cashin says that new courses included in next year’s programme are Basic woodworking 2, Furniture making and Introduction to GRP.

To book a course or buy a gift voucher, contact Jane and colleagues on tel +44(0)1297 445545 or email office@boatbuildingacademy.com.  Alternatively you can download an application form from the website and send it to the BBA;s address, which is also on the website.

Also, I wondered if your readers might like to know about the new online epoxy magazine called Epoxycraft? Some of our graduates and current students have recently contributed to its regular section on projects. The site has lots of news and tips about working with epoxy in boat construction, maintenance and repair.

Beautiful photography from Judy and Tom Robinson-Cox

Judy and Tom Robinson-Cox are part of the Rocky Neck Art Colony, based in Gloucester, Cape Ann, Massachusetts.

The boats, needless to say, are fabulous. I’ve never seen film of a pinky under way before, so this film is quite a treat just for that!

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