Ahoy Corinthians! The RFYC have put together a programme of talks over the next couple of months are all members are invited to attend.
25 February:: A year before the mast – sailing from Europe to New Zealand
Helen and Charlie Pank, members, RFYC
Although new to our club, the Panks are not new to adventure. Between November 2007 and November 2008, they sailed from Gran Canaria to New Zealand as crew on a wide range of yachts and with a wide range of people. The talk will describe their adventures, the wonderful places they visited, and the what its really like on long ocean passages.
11 March: Plastic and poo – Threats to Scottish Marine life
Matt Barnes, Sea Champions Co-ordinator Scotland, Marine Conservation Society
An introduction the work of the Marine Conservation Society in Scotland, including the themes of biodiversity, pollution and fishing with a Forth estuary perspective.
25 March: Neart na Gaoithe windfarm and the sailing community
David Sweenie, Mainstream Renewable Power
David will describe the proposed Neart na Gaoithe offshore wind farm, which is due to be located some 15km east of Fife Ness, distributed over an area of approximately 100km2. Mainstream was awarded the site in February 2009 by the Crown Estate as part of a competitive bidding process, and granted consent by the Scottish Government in October 2014. Construction offshore will commence in 2016. The project has the potential to generate 450MW of renewable energy through Torness, enough power to supply around 325,000 Scottish homes – more than the whole of Edinburgh. ‘Neart na Gaoithe’ is Gaelic for ‘strength of the wind’.