Wednesday Evening Talk - Dec 1st "How we got from there to here" 


Next Wednesday December 1st we have the next of our series of Winter talks. There will be supper from 7pm and the talk from 8pm

Malcolm McKeag, with the aid of some photographs of old photographs and perhaps even an Edwardian video or two, talks about how yachting moved from being the preserve of kings and royal princes to today's accessible and hugely varied sport, pastime and recreation.  What do we and the smacksmen of Essex and Devon have in common, whither the long-chain polymer and what on earth has the de Havilland Mosquito of World War II got to do with it?

Malcolm McKeag is currently the Chief Sailing Officer of the Royal Thames Yacht Club, first founded in 1775, still going strong and thus the oldest organisation in the country – and possibly the world – with an unbroken history of organising yacht races from their first regatta above Lambeth Bridge to this month's regattas in their J80s here at Queen Mary.

Before that, Malcolm spent almost two decades as a freelance yachting writer and broadcaster, covering yacht racing round the world from Thames Barge matches and Essex smack races to the America's Cup and the Olympics – and for ten years before that was Assistant Editor of Yachts and Yachting. He has been both an International Judge and an International Umpire and is currently both an NJ and NRO.

We look forward to seeing you then

The team at QM

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