Weather and Sailing, the joint Royal Institute of Navigation and Royal Meteorological Society (RMetS) one-day seminar is returning to the Met Office.
Weather and Sailing 2016 - REGISTRATION NOW CLOSED.
Whether you are a leisure coastal yachtsman or ocean-going or professional charter skipper or racing enthusiast this Seminar is for you. If our last Weather and Sailing Seminar, which was held at Hornet Services Sailing Club, is anything to go by this event will be sold months in advance.
The Met Office HQ in Fitzroy Road, Exeter, Devon, EX1 3PB is the chosen venue for Weather and Sailing 2016 and we have an impressive group of speakers lined up to take part, that has been chosen to appeal to all. Not only that, but arrangements have been made, during breaks in the seminar, for FREE tours to take place of the Met Office Ops Room. Places on these tours are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis to delegates who have registered for the seminar and requested a place on the tour. However, as numbers attending the seminar will exceed the number of tour places available, to guarantee your place on one of these tours, you will need to book early. A tour waiting list will be in operation, once all the places have been filled.
For those of you who are not familiar with this event, the meeting takes the form of a seminar, with a speaker programme and time for networking and discussion. Typically, there is no set theme for the programme; speakers are selected for their particular knowledge and experience in various aspects of the core topics of Navigation and Meteorology and invited to speak on a topic that will be of interest to a broadly-based audience, comprising yachtsmen and amateur meteorologists, as well as professionals.
Speakers for Weather and Sailing 2016 include:
Richard Falk: RYA Training Manager and Chief Examiner. “That was then, this is now”
Leon Brown: The Weather Company, Senior Manager. “How to Make the Most of Weather Information”
Jessica Sweeney: BAR Ben Ainslie Racing Team, Chief Meteorologist. “Bermuda 2017: Quantifying uncertainty in America’s Cup forecasting”
Andrew Arthur and Chris Winzar: RNLI Launch Authority and Coxswain, Salcombe Lifeboat. “Experience of Weather and Maintenance induced Services - Some Advice and Guidance from the RNLI”
Chris de Glanville: Pasco’s Boatyard, Proprietor. “Weather challenges in the boatyard”
Andy Brown: Ocean Youth Trust, Skipper. “Meteorological considerations for the Sail Training Skipper”
Simon Rowell: British Sailing Team, Meteorologist. “Forecasting for the Olympics”
Captain Peter Chapman - Andrews, Director of the RIN, will be Chairing the meeting and Prof. Liz Bentley, CEO of the RMetS, providing the closing remarks.
Prior registration for this Seminar is obligatory and is now open. Places cost £30* for members; £40* for non-members and include lunch and refreshments.
Free parking is available at the Met Office, including a limited number of disabled parking places.
For security reasons, delegates will need to bring some form of Photo ID with them to the Seminar to gain access to the site. For non-UK Nationals this must be a passport.
To register for Weather and Sailing 2016, please follow the registration link below, which can be found under Links, where you will be re-directed to the online booking process. When paying for your place(s), it would be preferable if you could use the PayPal online payment option, in order to keep our administrative costs to a minimum.
Once registered you will receive an email confirming your registration, normally within the space of 15 minutes. You will also be given the opportunity to request an invoice which you will be able to download. The invoice contains a link to the online payment option.
As part of the registration process you will be asked to provide personal information, some of which will need to be shared with the RMetS and/or the Met Office, in order for you to participate in this Seminar.
The revised programme for Weather and Sailing 2016 is available to download below, as well as directions on how to get to the Met Office in Exeter. Please note that the start time for the Seminar has been put back to 1100, with registration from 1030. This change, from the original published start time, will enable attendees from further afield to have the additional option of traveling that morning to the Met Office by train, rather than having to travel down the night before and incur overnight accommodation costs. This means that the Seminar itself will now finish at 1700 (1730 after the final Ops Room Tour of the day).
Registration for this Seminar has now closed.
* 50% cancellation charges apply to refunds made by 10th October 2016, in order to cover administrative and banking charges. No refunds will be given after 10 October 2016. However, substitutions are allowed, without charge, up to 25th October, through the online booking system. NOTE: NO SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED FROM 9TH NOVEMBER ONWARDS DUE TO SECURITY REASONS.