Programme Spring 2021

On line talks begin at 8.15pm.  Zoom invitations will be sent to members and registered visitors at least one day before the talk.

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All Shipshape and Blackwall-fashion

Jeremy Batch

On the Blackwall side of the Thames, opposite the dome, lie the largest private dock in Europe and the locations of countless innovations in shipping and commerce. Jeremy will transport us through the amazing history of this part of London with his usual engaging style.  More details

Wednesday October 14th

Building and Arctic Sailing a Traditional Boat

Will Stirling

Stirling and Son Ltd are based in Devon and specialise in restoration and building wooden boats of all descriptions. Will Stirling will tell us about constructing his own impressive 43ft Gentleman’s Cutter and an exciting expedition in it to Jan Mayen and East Greenland.  More details

Wednesday October 21st

Shipwrecks of the Thames

Robert Smith

Rob will tell us about 12 ships out of the thousands that have sunk in the Thames, from a Roman cargo ship to a 17th century ship whose sinking shocked Samuel Pepys; a voyage through history that includes the ship full of explosives that is still there and a mysterious sinking in the Cold War.  More details

Wednesday October 28th

Do we really need all those Instruments?

Stuart Gaunt

In 1984 Marvin Creamer became the first and only person known to have sailed around the world without instruments.  30,000 miles. 18 months.  No Chart Plotter. No Decca. No RDF. No Sextant.  No Astrolabe. No Clock. No Watch.  What made him do it?  How did he do it?  More details

Wednesday November 4th

Nordic Odyssey

Clive Woodman

In 2004 Clive completed a ski traverse in the arctic winter of the whole length of Norway, from Telemark to Finnmark and then sailed south from Nord Cap along the whole Norwegian coast in his 19ft Cornish Shrimper (yes, 19ft…). Clive will join us from Germany to present this remarkable story.  More details

Wednesday November 11th

Passage Planning, Pilotage and Yacht Delivery in the Med

Graham Thomas

In October 2016, Graham helped to crew and navigate a move of two sailing school yachts from Trapani in Sicily to San Miguel in Tenerife. The journey of approximately 2000nm takes between 4-5 weeks and included interesting offshore sailing, weather, gear failure and being in close confines for long periods. The second part of the talk has a special focus on passage planning and preparation.  More details

The talk on Edward Allcard has been postponed

Wednesday November 18th

Boat Building in Bucks

Rob Johnstone

Unlike many of us, GXSA member Rob Johnstone has something to show from Lockdowns 1 and 2. He will tell us about the trials and tribulations of creating the design, establishing a workshop space, building and (almost) finishing a 15ft lug sail dinghy. Her maiden voyage is imminent.  More details

Wednesday November 25th

Circumnavigation of New Zealand

David and Andrea McKay

David and Andrea McKay live in Tasmania and have made several crossings to New Zealand and elsewhere in the Pacific Ocean. In this video presentation, they take us on their 2013-2014 journey around New Zealand in their steel Van De Stadt Tasman 48, Diomedea.  More details

Wednesday December 2nd

The Right Knots for Red Knickers – and – The South Africa Route

Jenny Crickmore-Thompson and John Franklin

Jenny and John are GXSA members, currently in South Africa. Jenny will entertain us with some of their sailing experiences (from her point of view…).  John will explain their efforts to help ocean cruising yachts avoid the 2020 Indian Ocean cyclone season during the Covid19 restrictions.  More details

Wednesday December 9th

Annual General Meeting

Review of the year, AGM and future plans for the rest of 2021.


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