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Wednesday December 11th - ‘Cast Off for Christmas’
This event is a cornucopia of Christmas delights with short 'mystery' contributions from individual members.
There will be a quiz, and also a photo competition for which you are asked to bring along prints, no larger than A5, preferably 6” x 4” taken in the past two years in the following three categories: Humour, scenic, nautical (sailing and boats).
Mince pies and mulled wine will be enjoyed by all.
May we wish you and your families a very Happy Christmas and fair winds for 2014.
Colston Hall 19:45 for 20:15 BST
RYA/MCA Sea Survival Course - Bisham Abbey Sailing School Marlow Saturday March 8th 2014
This is a special RYA certificated practical course arranged specifically for GXSA. This whole day course includes instruction both in the classroom and in a heated indoor swimming pool where you can practise launching and entering a life raft. The experience is highly recommended.
There are just a few places left. For further details and reservations contact Graham Fairhead. Mobile 07799 476040
Cruising Association Thames Valley Section
The CA has set up a Thames Valley section which will be of interest to both yachtsmen living in the area and those boaters that enjoy cruising on the river. Membership of the section is free to CA members. Monthly meetings are held during the "non sailing season" and, like many CA events, visitors are most welcome for a modest fee. CA Details
Link to RYA Shop for Books and other interesting items
GXSA will know of the strong affinity we have with Colne Valley Special Sailors which aims to give confidence to young disabled people through sailing using facilities at Bury Lake in Rickmansworth.
GXSA member Timadra Slade is delighted to report a very successful summer and thank GXSA for the volunteers provided. CVSS sail until the end of October. If you feel you can help, give Timandra a call on 01494 783822. Willing helpers are always required.
You are assured of meeting new people and having a lot of fun.
Hone up your sailing skills
Westview Sailing which is an RYA training school with a close affinity to GXSA is offering evening, day and weekend courses ashore and afloat locally and at all levels for those keen to enhance their sailing skills. The next day skipper course, which is taught in the evenings, begins on January 13th for seven weeks.
The chief instructor is Duncan Wells who is well known and respected, he has given inspiring talks to many clubs including at GXSA. He is a regular contributor to sailing magazines "Sailing Today" and "Yachting Monthly". More details can be found on the site Westview Sailing, by telephoning Duncan at 01753 890555 or on his Facebook page There are also a number of excellent training videos published on uTube
The latest edition of "In Brief" has a number of short articles of interest to GXSA members including an article on winterising your boat and pre-publicity for the London Boat Show.
Cruising news has a number of short articles of interest to GXSA members including an article about registering your EPIRB and by Sam Llewellyn on his recent Scottish cruise.
The RYA now has a dedicated website for the Thames Valley and London region.
What is a GRIB File ?
New challenges are published from time to time throughout the season