Our lecturers are well known explorers, mountaineers, travel writers, TV personalities, adventure sports personalities or anyone who has an epic story to tell and can enthral our audience with a rattling good yarn. The talks are invariably illustrated with slides and/or film.
Paula McGuire - 21/02/2018 19:30
Adventure: it’s not a word we use too loosely. It’s one we use not quite loosely enough.
When you struggle to leave your house, and the telephone ringing is enough to top out your heart rate, you don’t have to go far for an adrenaline rush. Fear is everywhere – but so is the potential for adventure.
Battling her way out of debilitating social anxiety, Paula learned to embrace terror as she rejoined the world at high speed, and proved that adventure is everywhere, everyday and for everyone.
Climb far away mountains, if you fancy. Trek the world, if that’s your thing. But if you believe that adventure is only out there, beyond your horizons, this lecture will undoubtedly convince you otherwise.
The Yorkshire Rows: Janette Benaddi - 07/03/2018 19:30
Yorkshire Rows is a team of four formidable mums from Yorkshire who are the first women to row across the North Sea and who also hold a world record for rowing across the Atlantic. First impressions of these courageous women is that they are not professional sports women, rather they are ordinary working mums who "dared to dream". The women, all from Yorkshire, took up rowing at a local club 4 years ago. Each week after taking their children to school they would venture out onto the river Ouse and learn to row, rounded off with tea and cakes and then straight back to work in the afternoon. In January 2013 they decided to take on the herculean task of entering the world's toughest rowing race, the 3000 nautical miles from The Canaries to Antigua. It took almost 3 years to plan and prepare for the voyage. Their story is incredible, inspiring, motivating, humbling and funny. Janette is typically “Yorkshire” she tells the story with honesty and passion whilst sharing valuable life lessons and a convincing pitch that anyone no matter who you are can have an adventure. You will leave this lecture wanting to cross your own ocean
Alex Coltman - 21/03/2018 19:30
Alex has had some magical moments in and above cloud, outrunning gust fronts, flying with rain streaming down his lines and has had to throw his reserve parachute while competing in Portugal. He says he 'wants to share the addiction' and will be talking about both Cross Country flying and Competition flying. He'll be trying to explain the lure of free flight by sharing technical details, some interesting observations and talking through some of his more memorable flights - some of which lasted less than 30 minutes and some over 8 hours.
He hopes that those non-pilots in the audience leave with a better understanding of the sport and, hopefully, enough interest to give it a go.