This week, is a very special Danish edition, covering September 27 & September 28. We need to sail to the Als Sound as part of the great Adventure, but club members will need to brush up on their Prussian & Danish history if they’re going to join us…
We discuss: how German champagne funded WW1 – sort of (1:58); the various reasons why Davies & Carruthers are footling about in the Flensburg fjord (4:45); tracking down Childers’s real-life Dulcibella (6:02); where to moor on the 28th & the Battle of Als (9:57); a musical interlude by Piefke (13:21); what happened to the German battle memorials (14:21); an opportunity to re-enact the battle of Als (18:19); Lloyd on Danish princesses (20:22).
Club business: details of forthcoming Film Club (24:02); Ed Freyfogle on a contemporary Dutch-German border dispute (26:06); Ramsey on Childers’s comical times at Trinity College, Cambridge (27:13); Tim about a curious link between himself and Childers (29:11); Aunt Liz on centreboards & Dutch ovens (29:55); Jeff on what really defines an Edwardian gentleman (31:47)
Missions for next week – members assistance required.
The Dulcibella: Lloyd has already done a fair bit of research about ‘The Vixen’, Childers’s boat that is the model for Dulcibella. We think we know when and where she was built, and how she was converted from a lifeboat to a yacht. But what happened to her after the voyage to the Frisian Islands. Anyone know?
Oilskins: It’s on September 29 that Carruthers is finally put to the test in rough weather. He’s not particularly complimentary about the oilskins he has to wear. Can any Club members advise us on what the correct outerwear would be for travelling through the Baltic in late September?
Books: Davies has a number of books on his boat. And it’s clear that Childers has done a fair bit of reading around the subjects of yachting and German imperial ambitions in the late 1800s and early 1900s. We’re wondering if any Club members have read any of the books that keep cropping up. If so, can you tell us about them?
Danish Coffee Punch: what’s the best recipe?