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May 1997 - Events Page

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Wanted - Speakers for Meetings

AYRS is always looking for interesting subjects and speakers for its meetings. If you have something you want to talk about, or hear about, or know of someone who gives interesting talks related to nautical science in any of its forms, please contact John Perry (for London meetings) tel: +44 (1923) 855 268, or Tom Blevins (for New England meetings) tel: +1 (207) 882-6396. Thank you.

AYRS UK Sailing Meetings, Bray Lake, nr Maidenhead

Contact: Slade Penoyre, tel (UK) 01276 472 208

Informal AYRS meetings are being held every fine Saturday, 10am to 4pm at Bray Lake Watersports Centre (about 2 miles from M4 Junction 8/9). Projects being developed and tested during these meetings include Torix Bennett's speed sailing tri-scaph, Slade Penoyre's Ayrslide sitting-out device and Ayrsright righting system, Tony Kitson's sailing canoe, Graeme Ward's dinghy, Roger Glencross' paraglider/hapa. Any other projects would be welcome, model or full size, concept or finished boat, and of course if members without their own projects want to come along to talk, advise or (better still) actually help, we shall be delighted to see them.

For directions to Bray Lake and more information about these AYRS meetings please ring Slade Penoyre on +44 (0) 1276 472 208, daytime or evenings before 9 pm.

Speedsailing Equipment Trial, Weirwood Reservoir, UK

Robert Downhill, 40 Collingwood Close, Eastbourne, E Sussex BN23 6HW, UK. Tel: +44 (1323) 644 879

The purpose of the meet is to get out the kit we are going to use for Weymouth Speed Week 97 and use it. There are two objectives in this:

1. Make sure it works

2. Get more people aware of how it works

The time table looks like: Friday 23rd May 11.00 a.m. take equipment to Weirwood assemble and test. Survey lake for "best place" for a course, check we have support boats available with crews plus a buoy or two. Saturday 24th May 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.: attempt to lay course and time a few craft etc. At 4.00 p.m. have a debriefing in the clubhouse. I have to be on the road home by 5.00 p.m. at the latest.

If anyone wants to come and play they will be more than welcome. I would point out that boats will need third party insurance for £500,000.

The only problem I can see is that to measure the course we can't afford to rent the laser tape or radios so we will have to make do with what I have.

AYRS New England Group Meeting, 31st May 1997, Fort Adams, Newport, Rhode Island.

Contact Tom Blevins tel: (US) (207) 882-6396 for information

10.00 - 16.00hrs Museum of Yachting,

Conference Calendar

Dr Fiona Sinclair has drawn our attention to the following conferences:

The Royal Institution of Naval Architects (Small Craft Group) has just issued a last call for papers for an International Conference on Wing-In-Ground-Effect craft and Air-Cushion-Vehicles, to be held in December 1997 in London. Registration forms will be available from September.

Further details can be obtained from:

RINA, 10 Upper Belgrave St, London SW1X 8BQ, UK.

Fax: +44 (0) 171 259 5912.

RINA have also just issued a first call for papers for an International Conference on "The Modern Yacht", to be held in Portsmouth (UK) next April. Details available from RINA as above. (Note that the programme will not be finalised until some people have responded to the call for papers).

A conference which will take place in the near future is "6th International Marine Design Conference (IMDC 97)", in Newcastle upon Tyne (UK), 23-25 June 1997. It also includes a seminar on options for replacing the Royal Yacht, with contributions from potential designers.

Students may register for £75, others for £350.

The programme and registration form can be obtained from:

IMDC 97 Secretariat, Department of Marine Technology, Armstrong Building, The University, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7RU, UK.

Fax: +44 (191) 222 5491.

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