2014 TRANSATLANTIC AND BALTIC FORUMS FAST APPROACHING. DON'T MISS OUT!
Other topics to be covered include downwind sailing, communications at sea – provided by chief-geek Ed Wildgoose of Mailasail and Bob Smith of Yachtcom. For rigging matters, Sailing Rallies welcomes Hamble Yacht Services’ Rigging Manager, Dennis Fisher to offer his expertise, not forgetting Topsail's Managing Director, Robert Stevens, giving specialist insurance advice. All-important yet less technical sessions will also cover how to be a successful fisherman (or woman), provisioning for ocean culinary excellence and keeping a happy ship. The folks from Antigua & Barbuda Tourism Authority will be there to provide an insight into their wonderful island and what you can expect from the Caribbean, aside from sunshine and rum!
In addition to this action packed schedule, Sailing Rallies are pleased to welcome back Mike Broughton as their weather and routing expert. Mike consults for the CCR and was in Lanzarote for the start in 2013. He provided detailed weather and routing advice, as well as daily weather reports to the fleet for the actual crossing. A pro-sailor always in demand, 2014 is no different and sees Mike racing on Jethou as navigator, the J Class yacht Velsheda and the Swan 82, Nikata whilst also fitting some sailing in on his own yacht Raven, a First 45. With an impressive 15 Fastnet Races, 9 Sydney-Hobarts and 16 Transatlantic crossings under his belt, it is perhaps an understatement to say that Mike has the experience to back up his wealth of knowledge!
Mikaela Meik, Events Manager commented ‘We had a great turn out last year for the Transatlantic forum, and we are delighted to be back at the Cruising Association for both the Transatlantic and Baltic Forum this year. It is a fantastic opportunity for likeminded sailors to get together and socialise, whilst also benefitting from the extensive knowledge that our specially selected speakers bring. The forums are designed to be informal and fun. So, as well as hearing from our experts, there will be plenty of time to quiz them on any specific questions about your boat, rig or chosen route. There will also be a variety of kit, charts, pilot books and literature available to buy at discounted rates on the day.’