2020 Cast Off Photo Competition Entries

Welcome to our entries for this year's Photo Competition.

There are 4 categories

  • Boating  Anything to do with Boating - The photo should probably have a boat in it, but it's up to you !
  • Scenic.  Anything that you feel is relevant
  • Humour
  • What I did During Lockdown  The photo should provide a strong hint at what you did.

Voting for your favourite picture will take place during the Cast-Off Christmas Event on Wednesday 9th December.

Entries can be submitted via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Please provide:

  1. Your Name
  2. A Title
  3. Don't forget to attach the photo (max 1 per category per entrant)
  4. You must also include the following text in your submission: "I am the copyright owner for this work.  I license Gerrards Cross Sailing Association to use the image(s) on the GXSA website, and relevant publications."



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Cast Off Photo Competition entries and results

Here are the Cast-Off Photo competition entries for 2020, with results


Category: Boating

Brian O’Leary
Atop The Mast [Brian O'Leary]
Wolfgang Ansorge - Isabelle

Isabel Ansorge at age 15 at the wheel of the Polish barquentine POGORIA in Cape Town. This photo was featured in the CAPE ARGUS newspaper.

Isabel, now a professor and head of Oceanography of the University of Cape Town, gave a talk to GXSA on No. 11.
She has delivered talks at GXSA in 2010, 2013, and 2020.
[Wolfgang Ansorge]
Ray Bridges - On Watch
On Watch [Ray Bridges]
Derek Youell - Parade of Boats, River Yealm, 2016
Parade of Boats, River Yealm, 2016 [Derek Youell]
Gerry Knight - Catch Me If You Can, ARC, 2010
Catch Me If You Can - Atlantic Rally for Cruisers, 2010
[Gerry Knight]
Paul Farrell - dinghy_sailing_canouan_16-2-20
Dinghy Sailing Canouan, St.Vincent, 16-2-20 [Paul Farrell]
MartinAlexander - Superyacht

MV Spirit of Avalon was not alone in being berthed all summer in Ocean Village Marina. Even the big boys where there all summer as well!

Erik Vischer - Across The Pond
Across The Pond [Erik Vischer]
David Horn - Galley Slave
Galley Slave [David Horn]
John Dawson - Pontoon Double Take
Pontoon Double Take [John Dawson]
Geoff Matthews - Threatened Cats
Threatened Cats [Geoff Matthews]

Category: Scenic

Brian O’Leary
Shrimpers [Brian O'Leary]
John Dawson - Brentford on Thames
Brentford on Thames [John Dawson]
Philip Young - CorsicaCoast2011
Corsica Coast 2011 [Philip Young]
David Horn - ShepherdsWarning
Shepherd's Warning [David Horn]
Andy Oliver - Watercolour.
Watercolour. [Andy Oliver]


Derek Youell - SchilthornSwitzerland
Schilthorn, Switzerland [Derek Youell]
MartinAlexander -
Paul Farrell - anchored_worbarrow_bay_15-8-20
Anchored at Worbarrow Bay, 15th August 2020 [Paul Farrell]
Erik Vischer - Boatscape
Boatscape [Erik Vischer]
Geoff Matthews - OnTheLookout
On The Lookout [Geoff Matthews]
Gerry Knight - NoMooringRodneyHarbourStLucia
No Mooring, Rodney Harbour, St. Lucia [Gerry Knight]

Category: Humour

Ray Bridges - GoodAdvice
Good Advice [Ray Bridges]
John Dawson - SteadyAsSheGoes
Steady As She Goes [John Dawson]
Derek Youell - SkinnyPeople..
Skinny People.. [Derek Youell]


Gordon Sims - Cat House
Keep an Eye Open... [Gordon Sims]
Philip Young - Cabbages
My efforts at growing cabbages have been greatly appreciated by the garden wildlife[Philip Young]
David Horn - TiedUpToAnOverheadTree
Tied Up To An Overhead Tree [David Horn]
Gerry Knight - SparkleLaundryRodneyHarbourStLucia
Sparkle Laundry, Rodney Harbour, St.Lucia [Gerry Knight]
Paul Farrell - caribbean_shop_feb_2020
Caribbean Shop, Feb 2020 [Paul Farrell]
Geoff Matthews - PissoirsExotiques
Pissoirs Exotiques [Geoff Matthews]
Brian O’Leary
What Did I Leave In The Dinghy [Brian O'Leary]
MartinAlexander - SunniesDog
Sunnie Dog [MartinAlexander]

Category: What I did during Lockdown

David Horn - Growing Tomatoes
Growing Tomatoes [David Horn]
Paul Farrell - Garden And Pets, May, 2020
Garden And Pets, May, 2020 [Paul Farrell]
Brian O’Leary
I did Zoom, and more Zoom [Brian O'Leary]
Gerry Knight - Built Bedroom Cupboards
I Built Bedroom Cupboards [Gerry Knight]
Derek Youell - Mary Rose (Progress So Far)
Mary Rose (Progress So Far) [Derek Youell]
Bernie Smallman - Walk at Sunrise
Walked round Ealing at Sunrise [Bernie Smallman]


Geoff Matthews - BottleHouse
I built a Bottle House - still needs more bottles !!! [Geoff Matthews]
Erik Vischer - BuiltAMirrorDinghy
I Built A Mirror Dinghy [Erik Vischer]
Philip Young - OutdoorDarts
Outdoor darts is particularly suitable for yachtsmen, who are accustomed to allowing for the wind
[Philip Young]
Ray Bridges - LongMorningWalks
LongMorningWalks [Ray Bridges]
MartinAlexander - WFB
MV Spirit of Avalon’s conversion to an office for WFB (working from boat) [MartinAlexander]




Reg number 8245 - makes it a Mk2 from the mid-eighties.

Transom number RMS657020586, so built by Moore and Sons, Wroxham, Norfolk.

Ray Prowse offers this free to someone with more time than him, although a small donation to the RNLI would be a good idea.



"The Bosun says, with some authority, that I have collected far too many projects that would ‘only take a few weekends’ to complete. Needing more space in the garage for sensible and practical use of my time, this is the largest such item and it must go NOW... "  

Wayfarer Sailing Dinghy HULL ONLY with rear hatch cover and deck boards. In original white gelcoat, cream deck NEVER PAINTED, anti-foul removed so what you see is what you get.  Usual surface star gel cracks from normal use You will need basic experience of GRP repairs, but no expert knowledge.

Basically solid and clean, needs minor work to:                

  • Trailer rub patches at front                
  • Port rear chine repair approx. 8cm                
  • Fit support pads to underside of thwarts/centreboard case supports
  • Repair impact damage to starboard gunwhale/deck edge midships
  • New rubbing strip

Pictures show the condition, better still come and look at it in Hedgerley.

Would look excellent with this work done and, if you so choose, a coat of paint.  

NB – there is no trailer so you will have to borrow one or a big van to move it.

Contact Ray Prowse if you have any questions. If you do not know Ray's contact details, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to be put in touch.