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May 2020

Zoom Meeting No 3 – Building a sliding seat rowing boat

2 May @ 19:30 - 20:30

At our previous Zoom meeting John Perry covered the design for a sliding seat rowing boat and showed video demonstrating the design features.  For this follow on meeting John will describe the construction of the boat and include a few pictures of the boat in use.  This will be a slightly shorter presentation than last time, so there should be good opportunity for questions and discussion. Note that the time of this meeting is later in the day than the…

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POSTPONED (to late July?) AYRS Sailing Meeting (Broad Horizons 2020)

8 May @ 08:00 - 10 May @ 15:00
Barton Turf Adventure Centre, Staithe Road
NORWICH, NR12 8AZ United Kingdom
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A sailing meeting, not discussions (although there will be time for that in the evenings), so bring your boat(s)! Dinghies can be launched on site, bigger craft at a nearby boatyard (by arrangement); craft coming by sea need to be able to get under an 8ft (2.4m) headroom bridge. Moorings may be available (book). If staying on site, please download and send in a booking form from http://www.btac-services.co.uk/2020_booking_form_rally_participants.pdf; otherwise contact Simon Fishwick email: bookings@btac-services.co.uk. Charges: day-visiting sailors: £3.50 a day;…

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Zoom Meeting No 4 – The ‘Paradox’ – a 14 foot cruising boat

9 May @ 19:30 - 20:30

Paradox miniature cruising yacht (in Salcombe harbour) Alastair Law will tell us about building and sailing his 14 foot (4.27m) sailing boat, an example of the Paradox design by Matt Layden. (www.microcruising). Alastair's boat, 'Little Jim' was the first Paradox to be built in the UK. Alastair has sailed it extensively on the south and south west coasts of the UK and finds it ideal for his purposes. The Paradox design is: Seaworthy for estuary and coastal cruising. Better able…

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Zoom Meeting No 5 – A Soft Wingsail

16 May @ 19:30 - 21:00

Assembling the prototype wing sail Charles Magnan is developing a soft wingsail.  It features an innovative way to make it more easily furlable and reefable - join our Zoom meeting to find out more.

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Zoom Mtg. No. 6 – Power from Natural Fluid Flow

23 May @ 19:30 - 20:30

For this meeting AYRS member Tom Potts would like to tell us about an idea for generating power from natural fluid flows which could be the wind or water currents or possibly even wave action. He would like us to discuss this and add our own thoughts to see what we come up with. I am hoping that he might also tell us a bit about Cornish gig rowing. At our last Zoom meeting I sugested a change to the…

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Zoom Mtg. No. 7 – Experiences with Anti-Fouling Treatments

30 May @ 19:30

This meeting will provide an opportunity to exchange experiences with antifouling paints and possibly other ways to inhibit underwater fouling. At a recent Zoom meeting several of those present indicated that they would be happy to contribute to this so if you can tell us about your experience, good, bad or indifferent, with a particular antifouling treatment in a particular geographical area please do tell us about it. As an introduction to this meeting, there appear to be five main…

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June 2020

Zoom Mtg. No. 8 – Design and Construction of a 21 foot Trimaran – Bernard Rhodes

6 June @ 19:30

Bernard Rhodes from New Zealand will give the first part of a presentation about a 21 foot trimaran and the remarkable voyage he made with this boat from the UK to New Zealand back in the '70s. I think this first part will cover just the design and construction of the boat pictured above. See https://plymouth.zoom.us/rec/play/6MJ5cLitrjw3G4aRsQSDCvd7W464J62shyAfrPINmEnkU3IGNFahZrBDZeFbQ3hvTfobkDRBdPaUQ7Oo?continueMode=true&_x_zm_rtaid=8bGOd0DJSX29hxkw6SJ8dw.1592075236094.257664df8a574a5f1dbb4cb75f7bb1dc&_x_zm_rhtaid=278

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North West Local Group meeting cancelled

13 June

The proposed meeting for the North West Local Group of the AYRS has had to be cancelled due to the virus situation but it is understood that members in this local area will be invited to a Zoom video conferencing meeting on the same day.

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Zoom Meeting – From the West Indies to New Zealand – Bernard Rhodes

13 June @ 19:30 - 20:30

At our previous meeting, Bernard Rhodes gave us a fascinating talk about how back in the 1960's he designed and built a small plywood trimaran to travel the world and to escape from what he found to be a dull job working as an apprentice in the shipyard at Barrow-in-Furness. Bernard's previous presentation covered his preparations for voyaging and his travels from Cumbria UK to the West Indies including storms and calms, boat repairs and parties with other world voyagers…

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July 2020

RINA Webinar – INEOS TEAM UK: Developing the ultimate racing monohull for the 36th America’s Cup

1 July @ 15:00 - 17:00

Led by Sir Ben Ainslie, a previous America’s Cup winner and the most successful Olympic sailor of all time, INEOS TEAM UK was formed in 2018 to bring the America’s Cup home to Britain. We are delighted to welcome Nick Holroyd, Chief Designer at INEOS TEAM UK as our guest speaker for this webinar. The America's Cup is the oldest international sports trophy in the world and the most expensive to win. It is a competing platform where the most…

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