Programme Autumn 2015

Talks begin at 8.15pm, bar and coffee open from 7.30pm

Professor Carl Ross

How Deep the Ocean ? – Advances in Submarine Structures

The importance of underwater exploration and challenges in making structures and vessels capable of exploring the great depths will be explained. Opportunities for retrieving vast quantites of methane fuel, for military activity and for applying similar engineering techniques in exploration of other planets will be discussed. Prof Ross has promised that no maths will be presented in the lecture!..    More details

Wednesday October 14th

Duncan Wells

Single Handed Sailing Techniques

GXSA member Duncan explains bullet-proof techniques for departing and returning to the dock, anchoring with confidence and getting an incapacitated casualty in the water back on board when short-handed, plus many other tips.  More details

Wednesday October 21st

Colin van Geffen

Flying Boats of Southampton

Colin takes us back to the Golden Years of the commercial flying boat era, when Southampton and its Empire flying boats led the world. He takes us from the beginnings in 1913 to the swansong in the 50s and later.   More details

Wednesday October 28th

Chris Smith and Cocky Taanman

Unlikely Places: Albania and Ukraine

Chris would like to know why he met only six other cruising yachts during his two weeks in Albanian waters. Is it the mines (6,000 destroyed in 2013), the lack of yacht-friendly harbours or just the reputation?  In contrast the Ukraine, now forbidden, made wonderful sailing for them in 2012.     More details

Wednesday November 4th

Julia Jones

Ghost in the Cabin; Sailing Arthur Ransome’s Peter Duck

Julia is an accomplished author. When she was 3-years-old, her father bought the wooden sailing ketch Peter Duck, which she now owns. She will tell us about how her experiences have encouraged her to focus on children’s adventure stories.  More details

Wednesday November 11th

Steve Huxley and Damien Oliver

Coastguard: latest organisation and new Helicopters

An opportunity to hear about what is happening at the MCA: Damien is responsible for ensuring the new search and rescue helicopters meet the needs of the agency and Steve Huxley MBE is Search and Rescue Communications Manager, based at Falmouth.   More details

Wednesday November 18th

Paul Barnett

Purton Ships Graveyard

Local maritime historian and Friends of Purton Chairman, Paul Barnett describes the Purton Hulks on the banks of the River Severn and explains their significance for marine history. More details

Wednesday November 25th

Jimmy Cornell

Atlantic crossing planning and an Arctic voyage

Having just completed a 10,000 miles voyage on his new yacht Aventura that took him from London to Greenland, Arctic Canada, Newfoundland, US east coast and the Bahamas, Jimmy will tell us about voyage planning, the new Atlantic Odyssey rally and some of his experiences.  More details

Wednesday December 2nd


Capt Ian McNaught

From Cruise Liners to Trinity House

With 40 years maritime experience, having been Master of the QE2 and Queen Victoria in his day job at Cunard before joining Seabourn, Ian then became Executive Director and now Deputy Master of Trinity House. He will tell us about these roles and he has some fascinating stories to tell.  More details

Wednesday December 9th


Cast Off for Christmas

Members evening of short talks and festive fun


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