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East Coast: Fitting Out Lunch
22nd April 2017 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Forty five members gathered at the Blackwater Sailing Club situated approx two miles down stream from Maldon over looking the picturesque River Blackwater.
This was our first meeting of the year and it was lovely to see so many sailing friends meeting up to enjoy catching up on their winter exploits and plans for the coming season.
A hearty dinner was served with a drink or two before a splendid talk was profesionally given by the Cruising Assoc’s Jeremy Batch. Synopsis below;
WAVES, WHEELS AND SPARKS: SAILING INTO THE ELECTRICAL AGE
We can no longer find our way to the shops-let alone across the ocean-without daring to rely on a power source that has come a long way since it was demonstrated to Napoleon but still lets us down at just the wrong moment.
This is the story of radio and radar, Decca and Loran, Transit and GPS and the many other electrical, electromechanical and electronic devices that we have invented and discarded, or become totally and perilously dependent upon, for communication and navigation.
Including: how a children’s toy known to the ancient Egyptians has steered ships, missiles, submarines and spacecraft, enabled us to drive cars on the Moon without satnav or compass (but with a little help from the Vikings) and is miniaturised inside your phone and beneath the wings of a fruit-fly.
This was received by most with great interest with some becoming to the effects of the dinner still going down.
Carol & I would like to thank everyone for their support & look forward to welcome them to our next planned rally at the Walton & Frinton Y.C. 23rd to 26th June.