Welcome to Newbury Yacht Club, the home of sailing in Newbury

Newbury Yacht Club is affiliated to the Royal Yachting Association and is proud to be 50 years old this year!

We are excited to have Historian and award winning author Dr JD Davies coming to give us his talk entitled:-

Pepys & the Navy of Charles II” this Thursday 14th November 2019 

Samuel Pepys is best known today for his diary and its revelations about his astonishingly tangled love life. Pepys was actually a much more complex and important individual. This talk considers his life and role, as well as examining the history and importance of the Royal Navy in this period.

In many ways, the foundations of Nelson’s navy were laid in the thirty years after the Restoration of the monarchy in 1660, with changes in ship design and tactics, reforms to the system of appointing officers, and the growth of a permanent, professional navy. The period saw some of the greatest sea battles in the entire age of sail, as well as one of Britain’s greatest ever defeats, when the Dutch sailed into the Medway and towed away the fleet flagship.

Our Speaker, David Davies, who writes as J D Davies, is a vice-president of the Society for Nautical Research and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. His book Kings of the Sea: Charles II, James II and the Royal Navy won the Anderson Prize, and a certificate of merit for the Mountbatten prize, both awards being made for the best maritime history book of 2017. Pepys’s Navy: Ships, Men and Warfare 1649-89 won the Samuel Pepys prize for 2009. David is also the author of ‘The journals of Matthew Quinton’, a bestselling series of naval historical fiction set in the seventeenth century, and of a new trilogy set in the Tudor age, the first title being Destiny’s Tide.

Members are welcome to bring visitors and prospective members are also very welcome, a charge of £5.00 pp is required. This fee will be refunded if the guest or prospective member then subsequently joins the NYC.

This talk will be starting at 7.45pm at our normal meeting place, Newbury British Legion Club, Pelican Lane, Newbury, RG14 1NP

Full details of all our 2019/2020 winter talks can be found at https://newburyyachtclub.wordpress.com/events/shoreside/

With our Laying up supper in Dec, our next talk after this will be on Thur 9th January with the very well known and much anticipated author, tv presenter and yachtmaster examiner – Tom Cunliffe


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