When the sailing season starts to wind down, the Club's programme of evening talks kicks in. From the beginning of October through to the end of March the Clubhouse plays host to an eclectic collection of social activities.
The programme includes informal talks on a wide variety of topics, from photography, mining, hedgehogs, time, gardening to nautical topics like rigging, life jackets, Cornish marine life, and boat design. On a more practical level we have cookery demonstrations from Arty Williams of the Cove Restaurant and pasty making from Charlie Choak; and then there are the unclassifiable talks. And they all turn out to be interesting.
Every so often speakers cancel, sometimes at very short notice. Over the last few years this has only resulted in one evening where no presentation was made. To be fair it was a wild and stormy night, and we were happy to huddle round the bar. In January 2017 we had an unprecedented three cancellations or postponements. The show still went on, with some re-arrangement of planned talks, and Club members stepping in with alternatives. All for one and one for all at FSC!
In addition we have the annual prizegiving, the Christmas Party, the Quiz night, where FSC competes with teams representing other clubs in the Port, and in which Flushing usually fails to emerge triumphant. With a handsome trophy to play for, we have to up our game.
Early in the New Year we have a Car Treasure Hunt, to help revitalise after over-indulgence.
One of the most popular events is Club at the Cove at the Cove Restaurant in Maenporth, where we enjoy a pre-season social evening with food prepared by the ever popular Arty Williams.
A fully stocked bar is available at the Club, serving wine, spirits and local ales.
The Clubhouse opens at 19:30 and talks start at 20:00. Members, friends and non members are welcome to join in with our winter talks and workshops. All talks are free of charge.
- Sep 25: Double Bill: the season Wash-up will start promptly at 19:00 and be followed equally promptly at 20:00 by Astonishing Seal Pups: Sue Sayer of the Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust will present her photo and video highlights of the latest seal survey. CSGRT study wild seals all around Cornwall and Devon.
- Oct 2: Preparing for a Regatta; the Half Ton Cup and other sailing events. Paul Pullen from Mylor Chandlery and Rigging
- Oct 9: A talk about this year's club charity, the Ellen Macarthur Cancer Trust
- Oct 16: RNLI: Man Overboard (MOB) specific to racing. Spinny launch and drop. Life Jacket Clinic. Plus RNLI sales: Chris Ruberry
- Oct 23: Variety has been the Spice of my Life. Mike talks about his life; The good, the bad, the indifferent, warts ’n all! Mike Bearcroft
- Oct 30: History of Cornish Rowing. Flashboat designer and builder Rob Hilder talks about his contribution to rowing. Rob Hilder
- Nov 6: Godolphin through the Ages: Is it Godolphin's association with mining that makes it so precious? Ann Clegg, Friends of Godolphin
- Nov 13: Sea food cookery demonstration by Arty Williams from The Cove
- Nov 20: Southwest Bottlenose Dolphins; CWT work in protecting whales, dolphins and porpoises in our coastal waters. Niki Clear from Cornwall Wildlife Trust
- Nov 27: Beer enthusiast Dave Ward will give us an insight into Real Ale. Optional practical (tasting) to follow at small cost.
- Dec 4: Re-renovation of the Pilot Cutter, Pellew; A talk by shipbuilders using traditional techniques to recreate a famous Cornish vessel. Luke and Joanna Powell
- Dec 11: !! It’s Party Time!! Add a dash of colour to our Xmas party and come dressed as a Christmas decoration (optional). Bring a plate of finger food to share.
- Dec 18: Club closed
- Dec 25: Club closed
- Jan 1: Club Closed
- Jan 6: (Sunday) Treasure Hunt: Gaye Slater and David. Meet at the Club at 10:00, returning around midday for a bowl of wholesome nourishing homemade soup.
- Jan 8: Presentation of the Club's Development Plan: a special meeting at Flushing Sailing Club where members of the club, anyone from the village, and indeed all interested parties have an opportunity to ask questions about the future of our club.
- Jan 15: Andrew Nancarrow talks about the replica of Captain Bligh's open boat in which he returns from the mutiny.
- Jan 22: Setting up the local marine group for the Cornwall Wildlife Trust in Falmouth: Jacqui Keenan from CWT
- Jan 23: (Wednesday) Special General Meeting to approve the change of legal status of the club from an unincorporated association to a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO).
- Jan 29: The story of the Grayhound; a replica 1776 Cornish privateer lugger: Ruth Warfield
- Feb 5: Understanding sails and racing remote control sail boats: Gavin Watson, Penrose Sails
- Feb 12: Images of Falmouth created by the Osborne family who were well known local photographers: Peter Searle
- Feb 19: Working Sail in the West country; Oyster dredging in the Fal. Dr Adam Spargo, Mate on the Trading Ketch Bessie Ellen and Skipper on the Brixham trawler the Golden Vanity.
- Feb 26: Inter club quiz
- Mar 5: Racing Rules of Sailing: Workshop, questions and answers: Alex Davies
- Mar 12: AGM 8pm
- Mar 19: Race Officer and Skippers Briefing. Collect Sailing Instruction booklet and membership card.
- Mar 26: Club Supper at The Cove, Menu, contact Inez Thompson with your choices.
- Apr 2: Race night: Spring series starts
- 26/9: Season's Wash-Up meeting
- 3/10: Mylor Yacht Harbour – Judith Ball and team
- 10/10: Shooting Videos and Editing – Jack Penty
- 17/10: Racing Rules – Alex Davis (change to programme)
- 24/10: Life Jacket Clinic, bring your life jackets – Chris Ruberry: RNLI shop – RNLI team
- 31/10: Halloween – Museum of Witchcraft and Magic: Prizes for best Halloween costume and pumpkin design
- 7/11: Bristol Pilot Cutter, Kindly Light – Malcolm McKeand
- 14/11: Cookery Demonstration – Arty Williams from The Cove
- 21/11: Border Force – Steve Whitting
- 28/11: Electric Boat Project, Solar Boat Crowd funding – Justin Hinshelwood cancelled at last minute but substituted by the ever popular Jack Penty and his cast of hundreds
- 5/12: William Dampier – Michael Goddard, West Country Pirate Scholar
- 12/12: Christmas Party, just bring a plate of food to share with friends, enjoy a cheering glass, wince to the sentimental Christmas music, (maybe) win a raffle prize, and have fun, all for Free!
- 19/12: Club closed
- 26/12: Club closed
- 7/1: Treasure Hunt, start time from 10:30 (note the change to date)
- 9/1: Living in China – Mike Swingler
- 16/1: Portmellon Boat Yard, Part 2 – Gary Mitchell and The Spider in the Web – Guy English (a talk about a local botanist and her influence on the development of some local gardens, including Carclew and Enys)
- 23/1: A glimpse of another kind of club – David Nicholls
- 30/1: Researching Marine History – Peter Skidmore
- 6/2: Walk around Mevagissey Harbour – Gordon Kane, Mevagissey Museum Curator
- 13/2: Cape to Cape – Andy Ashton
- 20/2: The Moor, Falmouth – Jill Harris
- 27/2 Racing Rules of Sailing – Alex Davies
- 6/3: Quiz between FSC and other PoFSA Clubs
- 13/3: AGM
- 20/3: Officer of the Day meeting
- 27/3: Club at the Cove (Club Closed)
- 3/4: Club night, come and be social
- 7/4: Saturday racing begins
- 27/9: Season Washup Meeting
- 4/10: The Epic Row: Mike Selwood, Falmouth Maritime Museum & Andrew Nancarrow, Gig builder
- 11/10: Pasty Making with Charlie Choak
- 18/10: Cornwall's Personalities, Alan Cox
- 25/10: Boat Purchase or Sale, tips and pitfalls, Chris Fuller, The Boat Shed
- 1/11: Fire Afloat, Chris Ruberry (and the RNLI sales)
- 8/11: Feet on the Street, Alan Drouet
- 15/11: Making Sailing Accessible to All, Tracy Boyne, Mylor Sailing and Powerboat School
- 22/11: Turn to Starboard, Shaun Pascoe
- 29/11: A Boat Builder's Story Re-Told, Gary Mitchel, Portmellon Boat Building
- 6/12: Goonhilly, A Tale of two half centuries, Des Prouse
- 13/12: Christmas Party, free, just bring a plate of food to share; raffle, bar open, come and enjoy a Christmas evening with your sailing friends.
- 20/12: Club closed
- 27/12: Club closed
- 3/1: Boats I have known, Kaye Price
- 8/1: Treasure Hunt (organised by Paul Clark): start from 10:30
- 10/1: Cruising from St Petersburg to Moscow; Cuban odyssey: Jack Penty
- 17/1: The Boat Race: come and take part, Len Cheshire
- 24/1: Who'd wanna own a boat yard?, Jonathan Fielding, Falmouth Boat Construction
- 31/1: Artists afloat, Henrietta Boex, Falmouth Art Gallery
- 7/2: Baikonur; launch of Soyuz MS-03, Malcolm Clark
- 14/2: Introducing children to a world of boats, Nigel Reed (and book sales)
- 21/2: Never the North Atlantic, Jenna Lane
- 28/2: Tying us up in knots, Charlie Choak
- 7/3: Interclub Quiz: all clubs invited. Come and support your club.
- 14/3: AGM
- 21/3: Officer of the Day and Skippers briefing; to be followed by an informal workshop on the recreational uses of the Fal estuary, run by Sarah Furley of Cornwall Council.
- 28/3: Supper at the Cove Restaurant (Club closed). Menu
- 6th October: Walks: Sue Jackson
- 13th October: Papers Past: Ian Willsher
- 20th October: Cornish Lighthouses: Alan Cox
- 27th October: Mylor Harbour Office (Marine Team): Henry Goldsmith
- 3rd November: Man Overboard prevention and recovery: Chris Ruberry
- 10th November: Cookery Demonstration: Art Williams
- 17th November: Ceramics inspired by the Cornish Landscape: Charlotte Jones
- 24th November: Christmas Cake Decoration: David Maison (cancelled)
- 1st December: An Evening with a Yacht Surveyor: Ian Munday
- 8th December: Christmas Party. Just bring a plate of food to share with friends, enjoy a cheering glass, (maybe) win a raffle prize, and have fun, for Free!
- 15th December: Hardiesse, sail training for young people: Andy Jennings
- 3rd January (Sunday): Treasure Hunt, brought to you by Derek & Jeanette Hill, Jack Penty and Inez Thompson. Nothing strenuous, all from the comfort of your car.
- 5th January: The history of Penlee Lifeboat: Martin Brockman
- 12th January: Furniture making in Mabe: Ron Jones
- 19th January: Walking as a Pilgrim: Paul Haines
- 26th January: Treasures from the Deep: Andy Aston
- 2nd February: Images of England: Ivor Corkell
- 9th Februay: Pre-season tips and checks: Mel Sharp (A2 Rigging)
- 16th February: Secrets and surprising lives of grey seals in Cornwall: Sue Sayer
- 23rd February: Richard Trevithick – his place in the history of steam: Kingsley Rickard
- 1st March: Club Quiz (all local sailing clubs invited)
- 8th March: In the footsteps of Shackelton: Don Garman
- 15th March: AGM
- 22nd March: Officer of the Day Briefing
- 29th March: FSC at the Cove