Winter Talks

Our club’s Winter Talks programme is organised on behalf of members by the Cruising Section.
The aim of the programme is to help enliven the dark winter evenings with a series of interesting talks on an eclectic range of subjects – mostly with a maritime flavour but not always.

Winter Talk – Tuesday March 10th

“A North Atlantic & Mediterranean Ramble”

From May 2016 to November 2017 Parkstone YC member Alex Batten took his Golden Hind 31 Tiger Lily on what he rather modestly describes as an undefined ramble around the North Atlantic and Mediterranean. 

With only the framework of a budget in place he mostly followed weather, impulse and tips from people he met along the way to plan the route in an ad hoc fashion. Beyond a mad dash up the Portuguese coast to escape Hurricane Ophelia on the way home Alex made the trip largely free of any tight deadlines! 

Alex is an industrial research engineer when he isn’t sailing. His experience promises an engaging story – full of events both banal and bruising - about how fulfilling a lust for long-distance voyaging can be made without rigid definition at its outset. 

As usual the talk will take place in the upper floor presentation suite of our clubhouse, beginning at 7.30 pm. Members are very welcome to bring along a guest if they so wish.

Peter Baillie, Winter Talks Co-ordinator

The talks are held in the upstairs presentation room in our clubhouse at 7.30pm on the second Tuesday of October, November, January, February and March.

The Winter Talks are organised by Cruising Fleet Committee member Peter Baillie. He can be contacted on: and is always keen to hear ideas.