From the Periplus of Skylax to the Digital Age
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From the Periplus of Skylax to the Digital Age

Joint RIN Small Craft Group/Royal Thames Yacht Club Joint Autumn Meeting

 Export to Your Calendar 19/11/2020
When: 18:00
Where: Royal Thames Yacht Club
60 Knightsbridge
London SW1X 7LF
United Kingdom
Contact: Sonia Rafi
0207 201 6267

Online registration is available until: 19/11/2020
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The RIN Joint RIN Small Craft Group/Royal Thames Yacht Club Joint Autumn 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

Dress code for the Talk is Smart Casual (no jeans or trainers allowed).   

The talk starts promptly at 1845hrs and will be preceded by the SCG AGM (1730-1800)

As there is another event scheduled to take place at the Club that evening, for those wishing to have a meal, after the talk with the speaker and his wife, alternative arrangements to normal may have to be made. We hope this will not be the case but just in case, rather than booking your place at the RIN table direct with the Coffee Lounge reservations team, please could you complete the RIN online registration form. This form only needs to be completed by those wishing to eat after the talk. Kathy Hossain will then contact you nearer the time to let you know what the eating arrangements will be that evening, which may involve a short walk to a local restaurant, if numbers cannot be accommodated in the Coffee Room.