History of Arthur Beale - A talk by Alasdair Flint

I've been busy trying to prepare for a talk that I promised that I would give to the Ashridge Circle. Typically I've left everything a bit late so mild panic is setting in. However it has been a fascinating journey and hopefully something worthwhile will gel together over the next few days. Non-members can attend but you must contact them first. All the details are below. LONDON ASHRIDGE CIRCLE 2016-2017 TALKS PROGRAMME Wednesday 15 February at 19:00 (light refreshments served from 18:30) ARTHUR BEALE, THE STORY OF A 400 YEAR OLD LONDON YACHT CHANDLER Speaker: Alasdair Flint, Managing...
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Emergency Navigation Lights

In the past we have supplied some pretty appalling dross which describes itself as "Emergency Navigation Lights". They remind me of CATNAPs which in certain engineering worlds apparently stands for " C heapest A vailable T echnology to N arrowly A void P rosecution". Pretty much useless items. So when a friend asked me if we could supply some for her yacht I was a bit concerned. She needed to make a daytime passage but if the wind wasn't favourable and she lost the flood then it could end up...

Arthur Beale Clearance Sale has Started!

6th to 15th January 2017 To coincide with the London Boat Show we are holding a genuine Clearance Sale! We desperately need more space to stock new ranges so the old stock simply must go! Many items will be half price! The sale will include a selection of Devold Merino Thermals and Gill Sailing Gear. Some of the items need clearing just because the manufacturer has changed a friggin colour! ...and who cares what colour your Long Johns are? Some items will have been bought in especially for a client who hasn't come to collect them - we have a name for them! Sometimes we have messed up and...
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Vendee Globe – Rounding the Horn

I found this wonderful picture on Google Images - it is credited to Cleo Barnham I do hope she doesn't mind. It was very embarrassing the other day when a French Journalist asked to interview me about the Vendee Globe. I knew the race had started but I had completely forgotten about it so I declined to be interviewed. It is a shame that the UK newspapers give no coverage to this challenging event especially as Alex Thomson is doing so well. I'm gripped by it now! The lead boat Banque Populaire...
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Feeling Nippy? Going Skiing?

With the cold weather persisting don't get chilly. Arthur Beale are the largest London stockists of Devold Norwegian Woollens. If you haven't tried wearing merino thermal base layers then you are in for a treat. We stock the top quality Devold Expedition Merino Long Johns and Tops in various styles and colours. Take a look at the Merino Thermal Zip Top shown above - it is designed for extreme conditions and proven on several Polar Expeditions. The base layer is 100% merino wool and the outer...

Mischief Among the Penguins

There will be some real Mischief Among the Penguins this weekend as I battle to control a large waddle of them in our new Christmas window display. However this will be a mere mini-adventure compared to the antics of our friend H.W. Bill Tilman! H. W. ‘Bill’ Tilman was one of the greatest adventurers of his time, a pioneering climber and sailor who held exploration above all else. He made first ascents throughout the Himalaya, attempted Mount Everest, and sailed into the Arctic Circle. For...

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