Weather and Sailing Seminar 2018

Date: Saturday 6 October 2018

Time: 10:00 - 16:30


National Maritime Museum Leopold Muller Lecture Theatre Greenwich SE10 9NF UK


The increasingly popular biennial Weather and Sailing one-day Seminar is coming to London on Saturday 6th October 2018.

Weather and Sailing 2018, organized by The Royal Institute of Navigation Small Craft Group and The Royal Meteorological Society, in conjunction with Royal Museums Greenwich, will be held at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich.

The last joint seminar in 2016, held at the Met Office HQ in Exeter, proved highly popular. Make sure you put the date in your diary and don’t forget to register early, as this is sure to be a sold out event and places are limited.

Technology continues to come along in leaps and bounds, driven by the need for relevant information to be made easily available in an accessible format 24/7, whilst on the move. The ever-growing iPad and smart phone market, with Apps available at little or no cost, has completely revolutionised how data can be accessed and updated, even whilst afloat.

Before, during and after the Seminar, there will be time for delegates to network with each other, as well as with the speakers and organisers.

Speakers are selected for their particular knowledge and experience in various aspects of the core topics of Navigation and Meteorology and then invited to speak on a topic that will be of interest to a broadly-based audience, comprising leisure yachtsmen, amateur meteorologists and professionals from both the yachting and meteorological fraternity.

Speakers include:

  • Jim Galvin: Senior Operational Meteorologist, Met Office - The Shipping Forecast – icon of British weather and safety at sea
  • Tom Cunliffe: Sailor, author and yachting journalist - From Long Wave to GRIBs and Apps
  • Christian Dumard: Professional Sailor, Great Circle - Squid software for weather routing
  • Sam Matson: Professional Sailor, Volvo Ocean - Weather and navigation strategy in the Volvo fleet
  • Richard Falk: RYA Training Manager and Chief Examiner - A glimpse into the navigation and meteorology challenges of the Sydney to Hobart race
  • Robert McCabe: Director of Operations & Navigation Services, Irish Lights - MetOcean smart buoys project
  • Mervyn Wheatley: Yachtsman, Royal Western Yacht Club - Loss of ‘Tamarind’ in the 2017 OSTAR
  • Paul Bryans: Chairman, RIN Small Craft Group - Closing Summary

Tickets £35 per head for RIN/RMetS members; £45 per head for non-members. Price includes refreshments and lunch.

Remote Participation will NOT be  available at this meeting. 

This meeting is supported by:

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED | As part of the registration process you will be asked to provide personal information (name and contact email address).  If you are a RMetS, RIN or a RYA member, please include your affiliation. Any information you provide to us will only be used by The Royal Meteorological Society and the Royal Institute of Navigation.

If you have registered and are no longer able to attend, please email