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Winter Lecture Programme

Listed below is our 2018/19 program of lecture evenings. Click on the arrows for more information about each talk, and you can sign yourself up on the noticeboard at Reception or contact us online here. Please don't forget to let us know if you would like to stay for dinner afterwards!

All lectures are hosted on Wednesdays at 18:30hrs in the Island Room. Members and guests are welcome to attend.


Duncan Wells: Stress-Free Sailing (Demonstration at 16:30)

2nd October 2019 at 18.30 in the Island Room


Andy Brennan (NFNPA) A Brief History of the New Forest, Wildlife & Commoning

9th October at 18.30 in the Island Room

During the Second World War, the Motor Torpedo Boats, Motor Gun Boats and Motor Launches of Coastal Forces operated from harbours and estuaries around Britain's coast. Striking at enemy shipping in the North Sea and Channel, it was their efforts that helped clear the seas in advance of Operation Overlord.
Many of the 1,800 small boats that served in the Royal Navy can trace their lineage back to the boatyards of Hampshire, and it was here that two of the most prolific builders – Vosper and British Power Boat – turned out the small craft that helped turn the tide in the Channel. This talk looks at the important contribution that the Solent’s boatyards made, and the legacy of their work that can still be seen today. 


David Wansborough: Making a Violin

16th October 2019 at 18.30 in the Island Room

David has been an amateur woodworker for most of his life.  At the age of 70 he decided, on impulse, to try making a violin.  The result was surprisingly successful and has been played - though not in concert - by the leaders of several well-known orchestras.
This evening he will tell the story.

Stephen Fisher: Coastal Forces in WWII

23rd october 2019 at 18:30 in the Island Room

More information to be announced.

Neil Hardy: Beaulieu Camera Club Judging the Photographic Competition

30th October 2019 at 18:30 in the Island Room


Prof Simon Boxall: The Goldilocks Zone

30 October 2019 18.30 in the Island Room
Professor Simon Boxall: The Goldilocks Zone
  • Why is the zone important for Planet Earth?
  • Why are we here today?
  • What role does the ocean play in this?
  • How can our local Goldilocks zone be protected by a Marine Conservation Zone?


Gale Gould: Heart of Oak - Public benefit or private Gain

13th November 2019 at 18:30 in the Island Room

Gale Gould: Heart of Oak 
 The naval timber crisis in the reign of George III

During the eighteenth-century there was a belief that Britain was suffering ‘a great Scarcity of Timber’ and more particularly ‘that Sort of which our ships are constructed'. This led to proposals for parts of the New Forest to be enclosed and the remainder to be ‘disposed of by public sale’. But was this modern history’s first instance of ‘fake news’? This illustrated talk explains how Britain came close to losing one of its most iconic landscapes.


Nick & Peter Ryley: Cruising the Arctic in War baby

20th November 2019 at 18:30 in the Island Room

A sailing voyage to just north of 80 degrees North taking in Spitzbergen, some past epic adventures and a look at the future.



27th November 2019 at 18:30 in the Island Room


Tony Davies: Ace Aviatrixes - From Amy Johnson & Amelia Earheart to the Present Day

4th December 2019 at 18:30 in the Island Room


James Taylor: Brilliant British Humour in the Forgotten Art of the Picture Postcard: 1840 - 1950s

8th January 2020 at 18:30 in the Island Room


Graham Giddins: Inside a Reedbed - The Secret Lives of Wetlands Birds

15th January 2019 at 18:30 in the Island Room


David Rideout: Is this really the Dark Side? Tales from Cruising Under Power from Stornaway to Rostock

22 January 2020 at 18:30 in the Island Room

Junior Sailors: RLym Junior Programme

29th January 2020 at 18:30 in the Island Room


Clive Sparrow et al: Keeping a Boat Abroad

5th Febraury 2020 at 18:30 in the Island Room


The Spire Hospital - Injuries to hip, knee and foot in sailors

12th February 2019

Marsh Erosion, Breakwaters and Mud, the Work of the Lymington Harbour Commissioners

19th February 2020

Peter Bell: Adventures Down the Punic Coast

26th February 2020

Prof Paul Dodson: Medicine at Sea

4th March 2020

Colin Seaman: Air Safety at BA

11th March 2020