Author and broadcaster Paul Heiney to talk at West End chandlery Arther Beale

West End chandlery Arthur Beale is presenting a talk by broadcaster, author and sailor Paul Heiney on the evening of the 7th of May from 18.45.

Paul will talk on his upcoming book One Wild Song – A Quick Dash for the Horn, which details his adventures sailing solo to Cape Horn

After his son committed suicide at the age of 23, Paul Heiney embarked on a journey he had hoped they would take together, to the infamous Cape Horn.

Armed with his son’s last and most poignant poem he set off on an adventure to find understanding, peace and to deal with the most unimaginable loss.

Paul set sail from England in 2011 in a modest family cruiser, and his his voyage took in the incredible peace of Andean glaciers, the unforgiving wilderness of the south Atlantic Ocean, and perhaps less predictably, spine-chilling fear moored by lonely Brazilian docksides.

After a round-trip of 18,000 miles – 11,000 of them alone – he came close to needing rescue not far from home.

The talk should provide an honest and open account of setting one’s own course, but should also prove poignant, moving, funny and thought-provoking.

Paul Heiney has been a TV and radio broadcaster for over 30 years, starting on BBC Radio 1 before moving to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme. He was a presenter on That’s Life! from 1978 until 1982, and more recently has presented Watchdog on BBC1. He currently presents the ITV prime-time show Countrywise.

The talk starts at 18:45 sharp – please arrive early – at Arthur Beale Ltd, 194 Shaftesbury Avenue, London WC2H 8JP. Booking is essential, and to do so pop into the shop, email  or telephone 02078369034. Entrance is £5.00, but is waived if you buy purchases on the day amounting to more than £15.00.

Praise for Heiney’s soon-to-be-released book One Wild Song – A Voyage in a Lost Son’s Wake:

‘A terrific adventure into wild and distant waters, and a strong tribute to a son’s memory. Paul Heiney’s story is a new classic of small-boat seafaring and a fine description of the deep south.’ Sir Ranulph Fiennes

‘I have never read anything like it before and it still haunts me. A wonderfully told story of the sea, shot through with an author’s anguish at the loss of a beloved and hugely talented son.’ John Julius Norwich

Arthur Beale’s talk: the history of Whitstable block and yacht fittings maker Barton Marine

RSJ Barton Ltd of Whitstable

The history of East Coast block makers Barton Marine of Whitstable is the subject of next month’s talk at Arthur Beale Yacht Chandlers in Shaftsbury Avenue, London, from 6:45pm on Thursday the 5th March 2015.

The talk is to be presented by  Barton Marine sales manager Christian Brewer.

Barton Marine is well known for making blocks. The company was established as RSJ Barton in 1948 by Whitstable shipwright and boat builder Ron Barton, who was was one of the first to use the fabric-based laminated plastic known as Tufnol, and also one of the first to use stainless steel to make blocks for yachting that were much lighter and stronger than previously achievable.

In the 1960s the introduction of glass reinforced plastic boats brought sailing to a larger audience, and demand for Barton’s lightweight and cost effective products continued to grow.

Ron realised that Tufnol was labour-intensive and therefore costly – so set about re-designing the entire Barton product range to become the first marine company to use a new plastic injection moulding process using revolutionary fibre glass-reinforced plastic materials.

It should prove to be a fascinating tale, and there are rumours that there may be some interesting East Coast marine engineers in the audience.

Book a place by emailing:

The entry fee is £5.00 – but you’ll get their money back if you make a shop purchase to the value of £15.00 or more. Attendees will also get a special discount voucher to use when purchasing Barton Products from Arthur Beale’s.


Get your Christmas presents from chandlery Arthur Beale

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Heavens, why not get your Christmas presents from the West End’s own chandlery, Arthur Beale? It seems like a darn good idea to me! Blocks for cousins, anchor warps for the husband or wife, binnacles for elderly relations. Perfect…

And on the 6th December, Noggin the Nog Day, they will be showing Oliver Postgate’s classic Noggin the Nog films about the Northman who married an Eskimo princess Nooka of the Nook. Irresistible!