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Boaters Meeting 17th April 2019 7.30pm start – Midlands Air Ambulance

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NOTE: 7.30pm start time

Saving Lives by Saving Time


Midlands Air Ambulance is the charity responsible for funding and operating three air ambulances serving the communities of six Midlands counties: Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Worcestershire and the West Midlands. This constitutes the largest air ambulance operating region in the UK. The charity also provides secondary cover to the surrounding areas, such as Warwickshire and mid Wales.

Since 1991, the charity has responded to more than 50,000 missions averaging 2,000 per year, making it one of the longest established and busiest air ambulance organisations in the UK.

The charity’s three aircraft each carry a crew comprising pilot, two paramedics or flight doctors plus full life-support medical equipment. Operating from strategically located regional airbases, 90 per cent of the region is within reach within eight minutes.

If a patient reaches hospital within the Golden Hour (60 minutes after their injury) their chances of survival are dramatically increased. That is why the rapid response of the Midlands Air Ambulance is so vital in an emergency situation.

Midlands Air Ambulance receives no Government or National Lottery funding. Each Midlands Air Ambulance mission costs £2,500 and in excess of £9 million is needed each year to keep its three air ambulances operational, which is donated entirely by the public and local businesses, with four in ten of those we help funded by Gifts in Wills.

Michelle McCraken, fundraiser for Midlands Air Ambiulance will be visiting the club to tell us more about the life saving work that the Air Ambulance carries out.

Boaters Meeting – Wednesday 20th March – Confessions of a Yacht Master – Tom Cunliffe

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Tom Cunliffe returns to Bromsgrove Boaters to give us more of his sailing experiences, wisdom, and humour.

Tom started sailing back in 1961 when his Dad shoved him and a pal off on the Norfolk Broads in a 22-foot gaff sloop with no engine. That way you either learn fast or come to grief. He was fourteen and was lucky. Since those days he’s sailed most things –  from Firefly dinghies at University to big gaff schooners. He’s been Mate on a coasting merchant ship and run yachts for gentlemen, operated charter boats, delivered all sorts of vessels, raced at quite high levels and taught sailing, becoming a Yachtmaster Examiner in 1978.

With his wife Ros and he has sailed all over the Atlantic, from southern Brazil to Iceland and from the Caribbean to Russia, with a number of trips to the US and Canada thrown in.

Tom is a writer (“The Complete Day Skipper”, “The Complete Ocean Skipper”, “Shell Channel Pilot” and many more), journalist (“Yachting Monthly” and others), broadcaster (“The Boats that Built Britain”, “Island Race” and more), and a keen motor-biker but, most of all he is – and always has been – a fanatical yachtsman.

Boaters Meeting – Wednesday 20th February 2019 – Sails’ Making – Chris Jeckyll

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Jeckells the Sailmakers has been manufacturing sails for 186 years.

During that time they have built up an international reputation for designing and manufacturing quality and durable sails tailored to suit their customers’ exacting needs.

Jeckells is a family firm with 2 generations taking an active part in the everyday running of the company. Spend an evening finding out from Managing Director, Chris Jeckylls, about what makes a sail.



Jeckylls sail

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