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Gosport: the Cradle of Sail Training Part 1 – It Happened in Gosport (Event from 2023)


Illustrated Talknew events

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

Gosport was the cradle of post-war sail training. Here many of the modern organisations were born: London Sailing Project, Ocean Youth Club, Sail Training Association, Sail Training International, Association of Sail Training Organisations.

The end of National Service and the pre-war work of Kurt Hahn at Gordonstoun created impetus for a new approach to youth work afloat. Leisure yachting became possible once more, and philanthropists made their yachts available for sail training.

This was not the rough apprenticeship of commercial square riggers, nor the rigid discipline of training for the Royal Navy: it was intended to enable young people to fulfil their potential. The same impetus in other parts of Europe led to the first Tall Ships Race in 1956, intended to be the last celebration of great sail – in fact it was the start of an international movement that continues today.

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

Thursday 14 September: 1630

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 family friendly 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 Submarine Museum.