Thursday, 13 December 2018

American sailing adventure

HENLEY Rotary Club’s “fifth Tuesday” evening meeting with partners was held at the Quince Tree in Stonor.

HENLEY Rotary Club’s “fifth Tuesday” evening meeting with partners was held at the Quince Tree in Stonor.

The club welcomed for the second time Roger Shaw, commodore of the Henley Offshore Group, as guest speaker.

His talk, called Sailing New England, was about a period during the Seventies and Eighties when he and his family sailed in Long Island Sound as well as in the area round Cape Cod.

He spoke light-heartedly of some frightening experiences, nearly drowning his children (one of whom, Louise, was with him at the function), almost colliding with a US Navy submarine coming out of New London, Connecticut, and being boarded by armed coastguards.

Some informative maps and photographs enhanced the presentation, showing several scenes of the beautiful scenery at places like Newport, Rhode Island and Martha’s Vineyard, well known for its whaling.

The vote of thanks was given by Lionel Scott, himself an experienced sailor.

Earlier, club president Will Busher had inducted a new member, Maria Bunina, from RotherfieldPeppard, whose Rotary classification is business consultancy.

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