Speaker Evenings

HOEOCA speaker nights are arranged by Stuart Jones - Committee Member - Speakers who can be contacted by email: speakers@hoeoca.org.uk.

  • 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 March 2018, Duncan Wells - Easy Navigation

Duncan Well came for a second time, extending his talk on Stress-Free Sailing he gave a year ago.  As before the talk was done in Duncan's enthusiastic and highly engaging style.

The meat was an outline of Easy Navigation, in anticipation of a book to be published by Bloomsbury in 2020.  Lots of tips givem; for me it was the one finger stretched out equals 2 degrees of the compass (the idea I remembered but not the magnitude) but morever, obvious but guess what, put up 4 fingers and that's 9 degrees - great for missing headlands on a beat!

Thr third part of Duncan's presentation dealt with MOB recovery and his Lifesaver product.  Because many members went away with this, he's put together some notes, these can be obtained from the link below (together with his Mayday message and mention of the weather book).

Duncan Wells

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.

Penny Tranter

Note, at Penny's request, this slide set should not be given to non-HOEOCA members or otherwise distributed.


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Get in touch if you are interested in joining HOEOCA or just come along to a First Tuesday Social or Speaker Evening to meet some members and find out more. All the dates are listed in the Whats' On section at the foot of the home page.

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