The RIN Joint RIN Small Craft Group/Royal Thames Yacht Club Joint Spring Meeting will be held in the Queenborough and Paget rooms on the ground floor of the RTYC, following on from the RIN SCG AGM.
The topic for Rod Heikell’s talk is based on the last chapter of his latest book
'The Gift of a Sea: A short history of yachting in the Mediterranean’.
The talk starts with the Periplus of Skylax, arguably the first sailing guide to the Mediterranean and continues on through early contributions from the Greeks to the first Portulans. Sailing guides for the yachtsman started in the 19th century but it wasn’t until the 1960’s that yachting pilots really came into their own with the likes of Henry Denham and Phillip Bristow and later the RCC Pilotage Foundation. Today electronic navigation has made our navigation so much easier, but there are caveats to navigation in the digital age. In this book he has painstakingly put together the history of sailing for pleasure in the Mediterranean from the ancient Egyptians up to the present.
About the speaker:
Rod Heikell was born in New Zealand in 1949 and sailed hesitantly around bits of its coast in a variety of yachts. In England he abandoned academic life and for no good reason other than curiosity, he bought a 1950’s plywood JOG yacht nearly 20ft long, and sailed it down to the Mediterranean. He worked on charter here and delivered yachts until, in ignorance of the scale of the task, he set off to write a yachtsman’s guide to Greece. This was followed by guides for other countries in the Mediterranean. Subsequent sailing voyages included to SE Asia and back for the research for Indian Ocean Cruising Guide. Apart from sailing the ‘wrong’ way and back again the ‘right’ way across the Indian Ocean, he has done four transatlantics. However, he always returns to the Mediterranean, his favourite cruising grounds, where with his wife Lu he updates his guides on the area.
There is no charge for attendance at the talk. However, prior registration with the RTYC is required. To book your place contact Sonia Rafi at the RTYC on 0207 201 6267 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Dress code for the Talk is Smart Casual (no jeans or trainers allowed). The Britannia bar will be available for RIN members.
If you would like to join the RIN table for dinner after the talk (jacket and tie required) you will also need to book direct with the RTYC on 0207 235 2121 or email email@example.com stating your affiliation.
The Club bar will be open from 1800 hrs. The talk starts promptly at 1845hrs.