HOEOCA speaker nights are arranged by Stuart Jones - Committee Member - Speakers who can be contacted by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Speaker nights from September - April
- Normally 3rd Thursday of the month
- Held at our clubhouse - The Berkswell & Balsall Common Sports and Community Association
These varied, informative and friendly evenings maintain our interest in all things nautical throughout the winter months. Talks are typically 60 - 90 minutes in length and may feature a high profile speaker such as Tom Cunliffe, guests from the marine industry talking about their particular area of expertise, historians and our own members recounting their sailing experiences.
Details of forthcoming speaker evenings can be found on the Home Page
Report from February 2017 - with thanks to Pauline Hobbs
This months speaker evening turned out to be a nautical quiz night due to a last minute cancellation by the speaker. I was not sure of what to expect but hoped that I might learn something as well as participating. It is interesting that none of us know what we don't know, or have forgotten, until someone asks the question. Quite important when bobbing up and down on the waves!
So for me every day is a school day, and what an enjoyable informative and fun evening it was with some good humoured banter. Thanks to our able and dedicate quiz masters Peter Smerdon and Mike Veal who had put together a a very varied quiz that kept us on our toes. The pace was just right allowing for team discussion, and yes I did learn a lot as well as surprising myself by being able to answer some of the questions. Preparing good quizzes take time and skill, so I do hope future events will be better supported in recognition of all the work that goes into them.
Report from January 2017 - Penny Tranter, Sailing Weather
Penny Tranter was the Met Office weather forecaster at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic sailing events in Weymouth - showcasing a new Met Office high resolution weather model. A sailor herself, Penny gave an interesting talk to HOEOCA. You can remind yourself of what Penny presented by dowloading Penny's slide set.
Note, at Penny's request, this slide set should not be given to non-HOEOCA members or otherwise distributed.