Seaview, St Helens and Brading Haven RNLI Branch
Wednesday 31 October
Annual Trafalgar Lunch - at the Northbank Hotel Seaview. 12.30pm for 1.OOpm
Tickets priced £12 available from The Bookworm, Pier Road Seaview. Not only is this always a popular and enjoyable event but the guest speaker is John Duckett one of the Island's most knowledgeable individuals on Nelson and the Battle of Trafalgar. John will be talking about Admiral Lord Collingwood - Nelson's senior Admiral who played such a pivotal role in the Battle of Trafalgar.
Collingwood's role in the Battle is not widely known. The British fleet bore down in two separate lines, the one led by Nelson in the Victory, and the other by Collingwood in the Royal Sovereign which was the swifter vessel, mainly because her hull had been given a new layer of copper and thus was much faster. Having drawn considerably ahead of the rest of the fleet, Royal Sovereign was the first to engage the enemy. "See", said Nelson, pointing to the Royal Sovereign as she penetrated the centre of the enemy's line, "see how that noble fellow Collingwood carries his ship into action!" Probably it was at the same moment that Collingwood, as if in response to the observation of his great commander, remarked to his captain, "What would Nelson give to be here?". John's talk is packed full of similar, fascinating facts and anecdotes and is not to be missed!
Saturday 17th November 7.00pm
The Old Fort Restaurant in Seaview is hosting an evening in aid of the Bembridge Lifeboat
7. 30pm talk by The Oardinary Boys followed by supper.
The Oardinary Boys - Oli Glanville and George Randell - Rowing the Atlantic Ocean in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge 2018
George and Oli will be giving a talk on their experiences of rowing 3,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean in the above event - the premier event in ocean rowing. They spent 37 days at sea, enduring the worst weather on record for the race, facing 60ft waves, 70 knots of wind, sharks and extreme isolation. In doing so, they became the second fastest pair to have ever crossed the Atlantic, something that they had not ever set their sights on.
Their talk will focus on the preparations for such a challenge, and how they dealt with all that was thrown at them on the ocean.
Oli's and George's achievement is remarkable and their talk inspirational.
Operational requirements permitting members of the Bembridge Lifeboat Crew may be present and are always delighted to answer questions about the Bembridge Boat. These evenings at The Old Fort always attract island-wide support so booking with The Old Fort is essential (01983 612363)