The Bob Gammack Memorial Trophy
Squadron Leader Robert Davison Gammack MBE, known as Bob, was a young, keen and well liked member of the association who died very suddenly after a short debilitating illness. The Memorial Trophy is awarded for exceptional effort on behalf of the association or in achieving a personal goal - beating an illness or other challenge.
The Silver Jubilee Trophy
This is presented to a member who has shown an ability to extend his/her/their sailing ability beyond our normal horizons.
The Ruby Cup
The Ruby cup is awarded to the Association member each year who has contributed most to encourage, promote or inspire others to participate in boating.
The Peter Batterley Trophy for Photo-Journalism
This trophy was sponsored by Peter Batterley (a founder member), and launched in 2015. Members of the association submit articles they have written (usually Cruising Logs, but any article of interest/value to member is accepted). Members vote on the articles and the trophy is awarded to the author of the article that receives the most votes.
2013 Summer Social Season at GXSA
This is a holding article whilst we collect content for the 2013 events. Please come back in a few weeks, when we will have The Story and The Photos from:
- Rally to Ocean VIllage, Southampton
- Summer Cruise to the Channel Islands
- Rally to Bembridge
- Day Trip to the Thames Barrier
- We'll get the content to you at the earliest opportuninty.
Please note that the personal responsibilities and limitation of liability outlined in the Rules of the Association apply to all GXSA events.
Next rally is planned for - 15/16 September at Island Harbour (more details soon)
Mini cruise: The Island &Yarmouth 29/30 June
The continuing hot weather and lack of wind forced a re-think on the planned ’round island’ part of the mini cruise. In the event most yachts made their way directly to Yarmouth. Several of those that started on the Saturday anchored in Thorness Bay for lunch, where some enjoyed a swim.
Avalon played an excellent host boat for the pontoon party in the still hot evening before we all made our way to the Yarmouth Sailing Club where we were made very welcome and enjoyed an excellent meal.
On the Sunday morning there was some wind and several skippers elected to forego the possibility of a walk and make the most of the wind and tide to head back east towards their home ports. Quite good sailing was enjoyed as far as Cowes, when the wind dropped completely.
A further element of excitement had been added to the Rally when the engine on Stuart’s boat decided not to play on the Friday whilst in a Portsmouth Marina. This necessitated sharing out the full complement of five between several other yachts. On Sunday morning not all those boats were heading for home and those that were, were not necessarily going to the marinas where cars had been left... Ray Bridges came to the rescue in Dunkirk spirit and took on people and their accoutrements for the run back to Portsmouth.
Second rally was 9th June at Dan Bran pontoon, Hamble.
This was an excellent event. Thank you James for organising !
First rally of the season was 21/22 April at Bembridge.
The previous Thursday had been the hottest April day for many years. We assembled on Saturday in pleasant but misty conditions with just a light wind to help sail to Bembridge. High water Portsmouth was at 16.20 on the Saturday. Seven GXSA boats berthed in a rafted group on the long pontoon and Burnadebt was ready for the usual welcome drinks at 18.00.
During the evening, the rain we normally expect at GXSA Bembridge rallies started and there was an impressive thunderstorm with lightning. Fortunately Nick arranged taxis to take us to the excellent meal at Dan's Kitchen in St Helens. On Sunday morning there was beautiful, clear sunny weather so there was a good turnout for a walk to Seaview, a rest at the cafe and then return in time for lunch.
Boats departed on the afternoon high water and we had a fast sail back in SW 3-4. A very enjoyable weekend. Thank you Nick for organising !
Annual Dinner for members and their guests was on Saturday 24th March at Gerrards Cross Golf Club, Chalfont Park SL9 0QA.
2018 Annual Dinner invite can be downloaded here as a pdf file.
Saturday Special, 10th March 2018
Tour of North Sails loft in Gosport, lunch and presentation by accomplished sailors there, followed by transfer to Gunwharf Quay and opportunity to go up Spinnaker tower. All by coach from Gerrards Cross. More details and booking
Talks start at 8.15pm, bar and coffee open from 7.30pm.
We look forward to seeing you - visitors are welcome at the evening talks, only £5.