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Club Night - 4th April

KIM HARTLEY - HISTORY OF THE BRISTOL PILOT CUTTERS:

Kim is the owner and skipperof the Bristol Channet Pilot Cutter Polly Agatha which-is operated commercially as a charter vessel and which was charted by ROSC in September 2016.

Bristol Channel Pilot Cutters were developed over the years to sail efficiently in the Bristol Channel and the blue waters of the Western Approaches (Atlantic).

Their job was to escort or 'Pilot' large merchant ships safely into ports up the Bristol Channel.

They would sail west as far as they could in order to spot the largest and most lucrative ships heading for England.

Kim will talk to us about the history and conservation of these impressive craft.


Ian Farquhar
Reading Offshore Sailing Club: Commodore