Wednesday 26th November

Roger Taylor

Creating and Sailing an Arctic Mini-cruiser

Roger Taylor takes us through the re-construction and re-rigging of Mingming II, an Achilles 24, for high Arctic sailing, then describes her maiden voyage to the Barents Sea and east Spitsbergen.

Wednesday 10th December

Bob Shepton

The Northwest Passage Twice - Madness ?

Sailor and climber Bob Shepton returns to tell us about his latest exploits and his new book - Addicted to Adventure. He has been a Royal Marines officer, a Reverend in London's East End, a school chaplain, and is an ordained minister in the Church of England. He has sailed approximately 130,000 miles and made over a hundred first ascents. He received the Piolet d'Or in 2011, the Blue Water Medal in 1996, and the Tilman Medal in 1998 and 2009. His most recent award is 2013 Apollo/Yachting Journalists' Association Yachtsman of the year.

Wednesday 7th January

Captain Bill Sadler

Trinity House 500th anniversary year

As Master of the Trinity House flagship Patricia, Bill works around our coast maintaining navigation aids, managing wreck locations and many other duties. Learn how all this is done and how Trinity House maintains the safety of shipping and the well-being of seafarers.






Wednesday 7th January

 Presentations by GXSA Members

Part 1

Steve Daish - What could possibly go wrong ? The perils of yacht delivery.

Steve describes a recent sailing trip in the Med which all ended rather abruptly...


Part 2

Bernie Smallman - Antarctica in comfort

Bernie talks about her recent visit to the Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica. She will describe the wildlife, the history and then the return round Cape Horn.

Wednesday 14th January

David Brook

RNLI Poole Lifeboat building        

David leads 400 staff who design, build and repair RNLI lifeboats. He will explain how their engineering capability keeps the Search and Rescue service going and tell us about the new all-weather Lifeboat Centre in Poole, in which future Lifeboats will be built and maintained.

David was commissioned into the Royal Air Force in 1982 and worked for many years in engineering roles on Tornado and then Chinook helicopters, firstly as the Senior Engineering Officer on the Joint Special Forces Aviation Wing and latterly commanding RAF Odiham’s Engineering and Supply Wing. He served on operations in the Middle East during the 1990 – 91 Gulf War and in Sierra Leone in 2000. He joined the RNLI as Engineering and Supply Director in June 2007.