Suggestions for after dinner (boaty) speaker required please!

xyachtdave

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Could I ask the knowledgeable forum for opinions on an entertaining speaker in the sub £400 bracket please?

I'm assuming £400 would rule out Sir Robin and Ellen McArthur but might be enough to tempt someone.

Suggestions welcomed please!

Alternatively offer yourselves up if you think you've got what it takes to entertain Medway Yacht Club....
 

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I don't know about cost, but Tracy Edwards spoke at our club and was very engaging and entertaining.
 

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Cathy Brown gave a good talk at our local club....it was a few weeks before she won £6M on the lottery so maybe she wont be doing any more?
 

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A brand new 40ft yacht, a Porsche 911, a home in the country, a trip to Canada to see family, helping their nearest and dearest, and donating to a wildlife cause close to their hearts.
That’s how Richard and Cathy Brown, from Ipswich, plan to spend some of their £6,123,395 Lotto winnings.
The retired couple, both former journalists at Archant, were just a few days into a 10-week sailing trip around Britain on their yacht when they discovered their new multimillionaire status.
Mrs Brown, 64, said they had embarked on their trip from Levington Marina on May 25 - her husband’s 66th birthday.
The pair were aboard their yacht, Brave, in St Peter’s Marina, Newcastle, on a drizzly evening last Thursday when they discovered the win.
Mr Brown, who bought a months’ worth of Lottery tickets at Warren Heath Sainbury’s before they left, said: “Cathy had bought me a new phone and I’d downloaded The National Lottery app.
“As we were settling in for the evening, I decided to use the app as a bit of an experiment.
“Cathy was looking over my shoulder, first of all to see the app in action and then we both realised that we had four, then five and then six of the numbers.
“I turned to my wife of 39 years and said, ‘you’re a multimillionaire’.”
To celebrate their cash windfall with the numbers - 3, 5, 25, 32, 33 and 34 which the pair have used since 1994 - the couple enjoyed a stiff gin and tonic.
“On the winning ticket my numbers won £10 and Richard’s won £6.1million.”
Instead of continuing their British trip, Mr and Mrs Brown, who grew up in Suffolk, returned to Ipswich on their Grand Soleil 40ft yacht to collect their winnings.
Mrs Brown, who worked as a writer for the East Anglian Daily Times and editor at Let’s Talk, said: “We have been sailing together for more than 30 years but I can honestly say I’ve never felt anything on the water like it’s been for the last couple of days.
While Mr and Mrs Brown, who have no children, have lots of plans on how to spend their money, it does not involve supersizing their yacht.
Mr Brown said: “We have had her since 2005 and we bought for our retirement.
“We downsized our house to pay for her. We had a big four-bedroom house in Henley with a very nice outlook for a much more modest four-bedroom house in town.
“While we could now truly upsize, we enjoy sailing together without crew and if we went any bigger that wouldn’t be the case so while Brave may be traded in for a newer model, for us, bigger is not going to be better.”
Mrs Brown added: “We are looking at an X or Dehler yacht which cost around £350,000, and would see Brave go to a new home.”
The couple, who had only previously won up to £80 on the Lottery, plan to sail to Brittany and to sunnier climes in the near future.

 

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Sir Chay Blyth has a website with a "book Chay to speak at your event" button. He was guest speaker at a BSAC Diving Officers Conference a few years ago and was extremely well received.
 

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Don't know if he is still around, but ten years ago I heard Pete Goss give a brilliant motivational speech at Southampton.
 

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A certain Tom Cunliffe, well known in these parts, gave a talk at our club and was very good. No idea how much he charges, though!
 

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A certain Tom Cunliffe, well known in these parts, gave a talk at our club and was very good. No idea how much he charges, though!

He gave an excellent talk to us at the HR Owners' dinner (maybe the same one!) but I don't think he comes cheap. He has a wonderful anecdote which is a bit like Hoffnung's Bricklayer joke, but nautical. Our local club doesn't run to £400 but will grudgingly give 50 for expenses. We have had some excellent speakers just by choosing lively characters with the gift of the gab.
 

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A certain Tom Cunliffe, well known in these parts, gave a talk at our club and was very good. No idea how much he charges, though!

He was brilliant when he came to our club and the stories may have been apocryphal but who cares they were very funny. It was the best turn out I have ever seen and would definitely go again if he was asked again. I have seen some of the others mentioned here and I am not going to name names but one in particular swore a lot and spoke for about 10 minutes. With Tom we definitely got our monies worth and he did not drone on for hours either, I can't remember how long he spoke for but everyone in the room would have been happy if he had spoken for twice as long he was that good.
 

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Sir Chay Blyth has a website with a "book Chay to speak at your event" button. He was guest speaker at a BSAC Diving Officers Conference a few years ago and was extremely well received.

I've been on his website today - looks expensive but certainly a big name!


Don't know if he is still around, but ten years ago I heard Pete Goss give a brilliant motivational speech at Southampton.

Name rings a bell, dramatic rescue of fellow sailor in Southern Ocean?

David Henshall is good, but will generally be dinghy history, so may not be suitable....

http://davidhenshallmedia.co.uk/


Jon

He looks ideal for the dinghy section of the club, thanks.


A certain Tom Cunliffe, well known in these parts, gave a talk at our club and was very good. No idea how much he charges, though!

He's top of the list as he just seems to have the knack of conveying information through his writing and being a genuinely likeable chap.

He gave an excellent talk to us at the HR Owners' dinner (maybe the same one!) but I don't think he comes cheap. He has a wonderful anecdote which is a bit like Hoffnung's Bricklayer joke, but nautical. Our local club doesn't run to £400 but will grudgingly give 50 for expenses. We have had some excellent speakers just by choosing lively characters with the gift of the gab.

To be honest we are more realistically in this end of the market but it's good to aim high!
 

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Suggestions for after dinner (boaty) speaker required please!

My mother in law
looks like a tug boat - will that go for "(boaty)"
No way can you shut her up, goes on for b...y hours
I will pay a tidy sum if you take her off my hands for a couple of hours
 
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