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Take to the Skies with Topsail

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Take to the Skies with Topsail

At the recent Ocean Cruising Club (OCC) AGM and awards dinner, Topsail Insurance Director, Rob Stevens not only spoke to delegates on marine insurance and boating matters but launched the brand-new Topsail kite.

The ship-shaped kites, that come with sails in the Topsail company colours, are a new and fun way to raise money for the chosen Topsail charity, Jubilee Sailing Trust (JST).
During the weekend of the OCC AGM and awards dinner event Rob, accompanied by Senior Travel Account Executive, Mollie Magrath were able to collect £100 through the sale of the kites for JST.

Get your kite now!

Each kite is £10, minimum donation with 100% of monies going to company charity Jubilee Sailing Trust.

Call the team 01273 57 37 27 to place your order.

Ocean Cruising Club AGM Weekend

Over 80 OCC members descended on the Greenland’s estate in Henley-on-Thames, England in April to take part in a packed agenda of excursions, meetings, presentations, lectures, elections, receptions, speeches and dinners. 

With a mix of business and entertainment, people travelled from the east and west coasts of the US and Canada, the Canaries, Norway, Denmark, Holland, Ireland and all around the UK to attend this event. 

Saturday morning started early with breakfast at 0745. By 0930, former Commodore John Franklin was kicking off a series of talks in front of around 50 members. First, Rob Stevens, Managing Director of Topsail Insurance, sponsor of the lecture series who kindly subsidized the meeting room, gave a very helpful overview of marine and travel insurance, what to look for in the wording of policies, how to select the coverage you really need, and how to avoid the pitfalls you might encounter. 

Daria and Alex Blackwell, co-authors of Cruising the Wild Atlantic Way, took members on a lively, illustrated tour of the West Coast of Ireland, sailing from Cork to Donegal and describing memorable harbours and villages along the way. Some members recalled their own voyages of the past, while others were inspired to start planning their first to that challenging Atlantic coast.

John Franklin then described plans for an Azores Pursuit Rally scheduled for 2018 to celebrate the centenary of Peter Café Sport, established near the harbour in Horta in 1918. The great grandson of the founder Ernesto Azevedo, Jose Henrique Azevedo, welcomes OCC members as Port Officer for Horta.

Canadian Victor Wejer, advisor to mariners transiting the Northwest Passage and this year’s recipient of the OCC Award of Merit, gave a comprehensive overview of the way ice is measured and reported and all the different routes available to navigators of these waters. He described the early expeditions and some of the more recent attempts. Moreover, he stressed that it takes massive preparation to successfully transit the Passage.

Finishing off the talks, former Commodore and surgeon, Martin Thomas, gave a talk on the evolving approaches to health and medicine in the early days of the British Navy. Indeed, conquering scurvy, infectious diseases, and cruel and unhygienic practices enabled Britain to become the greatest power on the seas. 

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