Autumn 2009

"Rough Pilotage and Rough Water" - Ken Endean

Ken Endean well known author of pilot books and regular YM contributor will talk to us about some of his experiences in "London Apprentice" his shallow draft 27' yacht.

Helicopter Round Britain, Coastal Views - Colin Lewis

Colin Lewis, Commodore Royal Southampton Yacht Club shows a fascinating film of a round Britain helicopter flight made in Spring 2008 exploring many areas of familiar coastline

View from the Bridge - Captain Colin Johnston

Captain Colin Johnston Master Mariner and former P & O Master illustrates the view from the bridge of a container ship and describes latest detection equipment radar and AIS, of vital importance to cross Channel yachtsmen.

A Memorable Passage - Member’s Evening.

Bring along your cockpit snacks to share. A bottle of wine will be given to the table with the most enticing fare
- judges promise not to eat them all! Hear a number of your fellow club members describe 'A Memorable Passage' that they have made. These may be exciting, enchanting or just a 'cracking sail'. Come along and be entertained by your fellow members.

Weather - Norman Lynagh

Norman Lynagh is keen sailor who is a Chartered Meteorologist and Fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society. He provides weather forecasts to a range of industries and expert information to legal and insurance companies. He will explain how to interpret weather forecasts and how to develop your own forecasting method.

Four cruises of the “Grampus” - Chris Woodwark

Club members Chris Woodwark and his crew, Russell Wendover, Richard Ogden, Jim Cannon and Terry Smart will give us a presentation on their cruises between the Isle of Man, Northern Ireland, the Outer Hebrides, St Kilda, the West coast, Orkneys and the East coast undertaken since 2000.

Saturday Special - Radio Controlled Yachts

As a change from the more usual instructional events, we shall be racing radio controlled yachts on Taplow Lake. These are the same yachts supplied by Mike Weston that were such a success at the Boat Show. Hot soup included.

World Circumnavigation in a Westerly 41 - Bernard Clarke

Bernard's illustrated presentation will cover the pro and cons of doing a circumnavigation within two years and under the auspices of a World Rally. He will describe some of the wonderful countries and cultures that he, and in part his wife, experienced and the challenges he faced when Ocean sailing aboard ' Golden Eye of Chichester'.

King Alfred and Limehouse - Jeremy Batch

Limehouse Basin is the home of the Cruising Association. Jeremy will cover the history of this area, important to Great Britain's navigation from the time of King Alfred all the way to the 2012 Olympics. Highlights include our border with Scandinavia, London's lifeline in the Great Plague, tidal power, Britain's first aeroplane, gunpowder, the bouncing glass, gin and the dog biscuit.

Solent Archaeology - Brandon Mason

Brandon Mason is Project Officer of The Hants and Wight Trust for Maritime Archaeology. He will tell us about the unseen yet important sites that we are sailing past, or indeed over, during our Solent passages.

Cast off for Christmas

Our traditional members' evening of yarns, light entertainment and mince pies ahead of the Christmas break.

Autumn 2010

London's More Important River - Jeremy Batch

Jeremy returns following his talk last year on the historical importance of Limehouse Basin, where he is a lock keeper. He will extend this theme with what we know will be a polished, humorous and enlightening evening delving into the background and history of London's more important river. 
It's not the Thames!

Beneath the Stars at the North Pole - Eric Brossier

Eric Brossier, distinguished high latitude sailor, visits from La Rochelle to describe five winters spent in Spitsbergen aboard “Vagabond” to study Arctic Ocean sea ice and its future. His 2008 book “Circumpolaris” won the Prix de l’Académie Marine award.

The Dance of the Little Green Dots - Alan Watson

Alan Watson will demonstrate how to identify potential collision situations on the radar using both traditional methods and MARPA (Mini Automatic Radar Plotting Aid). The talk will be illustrated with computer simulations as well as screen shots from the radar on his own boat in the Solent and Channel.

Le Four to La Rochelle - Liz and Mick Wigfield

A Personal Pilot of the Ports of North Biscay and the passages between them compiled from the logs of Kemari, Liz and Mick Wigfield’s Westerly Fulmar.

Two Summers in the Baltic
James and Carol Littlewood

James and Carol spent the summers of 2008 and 2009 in their Moody Eclipse 38 "Paddington Bear". Their trip covered the East Coast of Sweden, the Gota and Trollhaten canals, Poland and the Baltic States. Their illustrated talk will cover all aspects of their trips, including some things that weren't meant to happen!

The Moody Story - David Moody

In 2005 the family business of AH Moody and Son was sold after 175 years of trading from the same site at Swanwick on the River Hamble. David Moody has documented the Yachts that were built by the Company, initially for his own family, and has produced a successful book of the whole Moody story.

Saturday Special - Boat Electrics
A Day with Art Butler

Art is the owner and "hands-on" specialist of a yacht electrics and electronics company based on the East Coast. He will bring us right up to date on current issues and give some guidance on choosing equipment as well as doing our own installation, fault finding, wiring maintenance and repairs.

History of Royal Flying - Graham Laurie

As an RAF pilot, Graham flew members of the Royal Family and VIPs, completing over 2200 Royal Flights. The talk, given in aid of the RAF Benevolent Fund, with many personal reminiscences will cover the early days of Royal Flying, the Kings and Queens Flights, right up to the present day.

Polynesian Catamaran Design and the Lapita Voyage. 
James Wharram

In the mid 1950's James Wharram built the first offshore catamaran in Britain, based on ancient Polynesian boat design, and sailed it out into the Atlantic. Fifty years later, James set off with his partner, Hanneke, a cameraman, a couple of scientists and some Polynesian crew members to sail 4,000 miles along the ancient Polynesian migration route to Tikopia and Anuta, in two craft inspired by the unique, original hull shape of their canoes. Come and hear the magical story of the Lapita Voyage.

Round the Big Island - John Rugg and John Gorrie

Members John Gorrie and John Rugg give will tell us about their UK circumnavigation this summer, a taste of which was available on their blog. Their contrasting individual perspectives will be fascinating - assuming of course that they are still speaking to each other!

Cast off for Christmas

Our traditional members' evening of yarns, light entertainment and mince pies ahead of the Christmas break.

Autumn 2011

Unique Hurtigruten - Lucy Hone

From the Norwegian Shipping Company, a history of Hurtigruten and where they go: Norway, Spitsbergen, Greenland and Antarctica, illustrated talk with superb photos. 2011 has been declared the Nansen – Amundsen year in Norway to honour the two polar explorers.

Qwyver Travels On - John Andrews and Freda Haylett

John and Freda return to tell us about the next part of their voyage, from New Zealand to Brazil via Australia and South Africa.

White Nights in the Baltic - Douglas Addison

Starting from Turku in Finland and sailing around the Northern Baltic, including Latvia, Estonia and Sweden, Douglas discovered windmills, painted wooden houses, Orthodox Churches, Lutheran Cathedrals ....and saunas

Cruising the Wild West - Robert Fellowes

Spitzbergen or west coast of Ireland? Robert will describe his cruise to either Ireland or Spitsbergen depending on whether he managed to get to Spitsbergen during the summer of 2011!

National Historic Ships Society - Martyn Heighton

Martyn Heighton, Director, National Historic Ships will tell us about vessels currently on the National Register of Historic Vessels and the Historic Fleet, problems they face and the solutions the National Register is planning to achieve.

The Plimsoll Line - Nicolette Jones

What inspired the London Transport logo, banished coffin-ships and saved thousands of sailors lives? The story of an MP's campaign to improve the lot of sailors - battling ship owners and parliament, who were more interested in profits than sailors' lives.

The RYA: the best possible Life Sentence - James Stevens

We welcome back James Stevens, recently retired as head of RYA training and examining to reminisce on his long career with them, and his thoughts on the changing world of sailing.

GXSA MasterClass On Ocean Sailing

Acknowledged expert and well known author Jimmy Cornell provides a unique insight. This is an open meeting organised by GXSA. Members of other clubs and the RYA Thames Valley section are invited to join us. 

Further details and booking arrangements will be posted on the home page as they emerge

Sydney to Hobart Race 2006 - Charles Sandison

A Father and Sons race “down under”. Charles will explain the history of the race and his preparations in the UK, together with the build up in Sydney and the race itself.

Traditional Boatbuilding on the Thames - Colin Henwood

Colin is one of a new generation of Thames Boatbuilders who are continuing the traditions of restoring, maintaining and building elegant Thames craft. His enthusiasm, together with stunning photographs of some of the finest boats on the Thames, make his talk interesting for us all.

Cast Off for Christmas

More entertaining stories from members about their year′s sailing experiences plus mince pies and seasonal refreshments.

 

Unique Hurtigruten - Lucy Hone

From the Norwegian Shipping Company, a history of Hurtigruten and where they go: Norway, Spitsbergen, Greenland and Antarctica, illustrated talk with superb photos. 2011 has been declared the Nansen – Amundsen year in Norway to honour the two polar explorers.

Qwyver Travels On - John Andrews and Freda Haylett

John and Freda return to tell us about the next part of their voyage, from New Zealand to Brazil via Australia and South Africa.

White Nights in the Baltic - Douglas Addison

Starting from Turku in Finland and sailing around the Northern Baltic, including Latvia, Estonia and Sweden, Douglas discovered windmills, painted wooden houses, Orthodox Churches, Lutheran Cathedrals ....and saunas

Cruising the Wild West - Robert Fellowes

Spitzbergen or west coast of Ireland? Robert will describe his cruise to either Ireland or Spitsbergen depending on whether he managed to get to Spitsbergen during the summer of 2011!

National Historic Ships Society - Martyn Heighton

Martyn Heighton, Director, National Historic Ships will tell us about vessels currently on the National Register of Historic Vessels and the Historic Fleet, problems they face and the solutions the National Register is planning to achieve.

The Plimsoll Line - Nicolette Jones

What inspired the London Transport logo, banished coffin-ships and saved thousands of sailors lives? The story of an MP's campaign to improve the lot of sailors - battling ship owners and parliament, who were more interested in profits than sailors' lives.

The RYA: the best possible Life Sentence - James Stevens

We welcome back James Stevens, recently retired as head of RYA training and examining to reminisce on his long career with them, and his thoughts on the changing world of sailing.

GXSA MasterClass On Ocean Sailing

Acknowledged expert and well known author Jimmy Cornell provides a unique insight. This is an open meeting organised by GXSA. Members of other clubs and the RYA Thames Valley section are invited to join us. 

Further details and booking arrangements will be posted on the home page as they emerge

Sydney to Hobart Race 2006 - Charles Sandison

A Father and Sons race “down under”. Charles will explain the history of the race and his preparations in the UK, together with the build up in Sydney and the race itself.

Traditional Boatbuilding on the Thames - Colin Henwood

Colin is one of a new generation of Thames Boatbuilders who are continuing the traditions of restoring, maintaining and building elegant Thames craft. His enthusiasm, together with stunning photographs of some of the finest boats on the Thames, make his talk interesting for us all.

Cast Off for Christmas

More entertaining stories from members about their year′s sailing experiences plus mince pies and seasonal refreshments.

Autumn 2012

Ruffling the Parrot's Feathers: 
10,000 miles across the Pacific – John Apps

Accomplished long distance sailor, 3 times Jester Atlantic Challenge competitor and GXSA member, John Apps describes his 2011 voyage from the Caribbean to Australia in his usual entertaining style.

New England Sailing – Roger Shaw

Tales of sailing from Long Island Sound out to Martha’s Vineyard, Cape Cod and Nantucket over seven years, including how to avoid a US submarine in fog and many other stories.

Cruising in the Adriatic – Stuart Bradley

Stuart Bradley and his crew have spent four seasons cruising the area from Venice to Dubrovnik along the Croatian coast and islands – “ the Mediterranean as it used to be”.

Rowing the Atlantic in support of Human Rights – Debbie Beadle

Remarkable story of how Debbie Beadle lead a record breaking 45 day rowing boat Atlantic crossing last winter. Many problems but determination and resilience saw them through. Debbie manages the Youth Programme at a leading children’s rights charity and the trip was devised to raise awareness about child trafficking.

Marine Accident Investigation – Nick Hance

Inspector of Marine Accidents, Nick Hance will describe how the MAIB investigates accidents in merchant ships, small commercial vessels and in leisure craft. Example cases, including recent investigations, will be instructive and raise issues for discussion.

Adventures in the Ice – Dick Turnbull

Sailor, climber and retailer, Dick Turnbull will describe his trip from Oban to Spitzbergen. In addition to the sailing, Dick scaled some of the Lofoten mountains. There were some hair raising moments escaping from an ice pack, assisted by an ice breaker.

Sailing down the Danube in Sea Griffin – Neil Lynn

Taking a boat through the heart of historic Europe from the Baltic to the Black Sea over two sailing seasons. Locks and dams, impressions of the journey, the oddities, people, the history but most of all the interest.

The Making of a Yachtsman’s Pilot – Dick Holness

Dick is co-author of East Coast Pilot, the definitive guide to East Coast creeks and backwaters. How did the Pilot come about and how it is kept up to date? Interesting local stories and ideas about the future role of such publications in the electronic age.

The Shetland Bus – Stephen Howarth

Stephen’s father David was in day to day operational command of the SOE unit that transported secret agents and weapons between the Shetland Isles and occupied Norway during the winter months of 1940⁄1945. His 1951 book ‘the Shetland Bus’ is still selling steadily today.

Cast Off for Christmas

More entertaining stories from members about their year’s sailing experiences plus mince pies and seasonal refreshments.