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Gosport: the Cradle of Sail Training Part 2: Who Made it Happen in Gosport (Event from 2023)


Illustrated Talknew events

Fabrosa Room, Hornet Services Sailing Club, Haslar Road, Gosport, Hampshire, PO12 2AQ

In the nascent UK sail training movement many outstanding characters emerged, like Heathcote Amory, Chris Courtauld and Chris Ellis who berthed their vessels in Gosport and made them available for young people to sail.

It was an era of inspirational characters: Walter Scott, James Myatt, John Hamilton, Chris Ellis, Chris Courtauld.

We will share first-hand recollections of these larger-than-life personalities and the big events they created.

Over 30 sail training bodies now compose the UK association, many of them with their roots in Gosport. As well as the philanthropists who lent their yachts, among the surprising facilitators was the Royal Artillery.

Serving and retired officers played a disproportionate part and we shall discover what they did and why. The movement spread across the country and now some 10,000 young people take part every year.

Contributors to this fascinating talk will be: Paul Bishop, Peter Newell, Dawn Bishop, and Peter Cardy. Visitors will be invited to contribute their own knowledge and experience.

Duration 60 minutes.

Event Times

Sunday 17 September: 1500

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
Please self book, but if you experience any difficulties please contact us.

Assisted Booking Telephone: 023 9217 7392 or 07849 399 823
Booking opens: 26 August 2023 09:30
Booking closes: 8 September 2023 17:00


Wheel chair accesible toilets Toilets Service dogs welcome Accesible parking parking Mobility impaired refreshments



Wheelchair access at rear of building. Please identify on booking if you are a Blue Badge holder.

Additional Information

This is a secure site so must be booked, giving names for all people and car registration. Photo ID will be required on arrival at the Security Gate. You are welcome to make use of the Club bar and menu following the talk.

Organised by

Peter Cardy


Turn off Haslar Road at the foot of the bridge, close to the Submarine Museum.