Spring 2007

The Baltic via the Waddenzee and Wattfahrwassers

Club members Reg & Chris Hadwen tell of sailing their Southerly 110 through the drying channels of the Frisian and Friesian Islands on their way to the Baltic.

Jester Challenge - Transatlantic Race

Club member John Apps will share his coastal and ocean sailing experiences including weather prediction methods and his challenges in Glayva, a UFO27, during the 2006 single-handed race from which 80% of the boats retired due to bad weather.

Roscoff to La Rochelle

Club members Phil & Jill Snowden sailed to La Rochelle in 2004 intending to return in 2005. They are still there and will show us some of the delights of Western France.

Jane Slade: Inspiration for Daphne du Maurier's first novel

Helen Doe, maritime historian, author and lecturer, tells the truth behind the fiction about three generations of seafarers and shipbuilders who were dominated by one remarkable woman and her ship.

The Cruising Association Victory Rally around Britain

Douglas Addison talks about his part solo sail round Britain in his 31 ft. ketch in the Cruising Association 2005 Victory Rally, in the 200th anniversary year of Trafalgar.

Sailing with Gipsy Moth IV on the East Coast of Australia

Jeremy Graham will tell of his experiences as a watch leader for a few weeks on Gipsy Moth IV in summer 2006 with a crew of disadvantaged children.

A Cruise to the Magical Fjords of Norway

Club member Peter Poole sails from Birdham via Lowestoft, returning via Orkney, West Scotland and Ireland - all in six weeks and only two gales.

Mutiny, Murder & Mayhem: the 1797 Spithead Mutiny

Dr Ann Coats, expert on eighteenth century naval history tells of the Mutiny borne out of a grievance that naval seamen had not had a pay rise for 144 years.

In the Wake of Ernest Shackleton

After the loss of the Endeavour, Shackleton set off from Elephant Island to seek help in a converted whaler, James Caird. Trevor Potts built a replica of the James Caird and sailed it from Elephant Island to South Georgia. He tells the story of the preparations and the voyage.

AGM - Followed by a talk by Club member Ken Moss

An East coast cruise from the Deben to Orkney and back - sometimes single-handed.

Annual Dinner - Datchet Water Sailing Club

Roger Taylor, South Pacific tall ships shipwreck survivor, is our after dinner speaker.

Spring 2008

The Rise and Fall of Westerly Boatbuilding

Association member Hazel Powell, editor of 'The Westerly Story', discusses the company's growth and financial failure. What made it so successful? And why did it collapse? These and other questions will be discussed along with the designers and, of course, the boats.

Medical Emergencies at Sea

Martin Thomas M.S., F.R.C.S. Commodore of the Ocean Cruising Club and Atlantic Yachtsman extraordinaire, outlines handling medical emergencies at sea - a timely reminder that all may not go to plan!

Further adventures of ‘Cresswell Jenny’ in Turkey and Greece

Members Karin Wilkinson & Andrew Walker return to tell of their trip from Marmaris to Kos, zig zagging between Turkey and the Greek islands taking in Finike, Rhodes, Knidos, Kusadasi and Samos.

JourneyMaker 5. Tilman Trophy Winner - 3 Peaks Race

Chris Jones and Louise Makin share their adventures in the 2007 race, one of the toughest on record with gale force winds in the Irish Sea, sailing 400 miles along the west coast of Great Britain with ascents of the highest peaks in Wales, England and Scotland

Building and cruising a modern gaffer

Stephen Akester will describe the build and some of the unique features of his modern gaffer, Alice, and share the experience of cruising in her.

Atlantic Crossing

Club member John Apps returns by popular request to tell of his adventures completing his Atlantic crossing to gain third place in the Jester Challenge race he entered in 2006

Cruising in the “Golden Years” after racing

Cliff Norbury, past racing champion, Olympic Team manager, RORC racer, sailing administrator, MD of Proctor and now well traveled cruiser recalls pottering on the Hamble in 1942 through to cruising in his almost self-built Starlight 39 ‘Zest’.

I'm not waving it, I'm drying it - Sailing in the Gulf

Race management is not all doom and gloom, it has its lighter moments as well. RYA Race Officers Peter and Carol-Anne Pocock have many a tale to tell about their experiences both in the UK and abroad. Come along to find out exactly who was drying what.

AGM - followed by Memories of the Falklands War

Captain N J Tobin DSC MA Royal Navy will give an illustrated talk on his period in command of HMS Antelope during the Falklands war and his personal recollections of the sinking of his ship as a result of enemy air attack.

Annual Dinner at Dachet Water Sailing Club


Spring 2009

The Minimum Boat - Sam Llewellyn

Sam Llewellyn has written many sailing thrillers. His PBO column The Minimum Boat advocates a back-to-basics style of sailing well adapted to the times. He is currently working on the Dazed Kipper Manual, a work of instruction that he describes as 'the blind leading the blind.' !

Dances with Whales and Weather - John Apps

Club member John Apps describes large items he met when he took part in the Jester Azores Challenge in 2008 including Sperm Whales, Ultra Large Crude Carriers and Mountains. He will also describe the progress of a 'typical' ocean storm from first sign of its approach until it's all over.

Sailing in the Caribbean - Richard Snell and Martin Alexander

Following five charter yacht holidays in the island groups of the British Virgin Islands, St Vincent/Mustique/Grenadines, St Maarten/ St Barts/Anguilla and the Abacos, club members Richard Snell and Martin Alexander will highlight aspects, good and not so good, of chartering, and navigation and key anchorages in these areas.

Classic Yachts through the Camera Lens - Kathy Mansfield.

Professional marine photographer Kathy returns with stunning images from the 2007 Celebration of the Centenary of the Metre Class which spawned such impressive yachts as the Americas Cup Boats.

A Fleeting View of the Black Sea - Doreen and Archie Annan.

Hon Club members Doreen and Archie recount with photos their experiences and curious incidents during preparation of their yachtmens' pilot 'Cruise the Black Sea'.

Meandering through the Midi - Don and Jacky Wark

Don & Jacky, Sailing Today contributors, took the lazy way from Honfleur to the Med in their 29ft Snapdragon then on to Biscay along the Midi & Garonne canals. They will share this relaxing but fascinating experience.

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.

Overlord - Bob Hazell

Past Commodore of the Offshore Cruising Club Bob Hazell outlines the history of Windfall Yachts and illustrates some of "Overlord's" past cruises and future sailing plans.

A Passion for the Sea - Jimmy Cornell

In the last 35 years, Jimmy has sailed 200,000 miles, including 3 circumnavigations and 2 voyages to Antarctica. He will talk about planning an offshore voyage: to the Med, across the Atlantic or right round the world, with a detour to Antarctica.

Holly’s circumnavigation of Britain in 1994 - Peter Poole

Member Peter Poole set off in June with the intention of seeing as much as possible. Holly, his Nicholson 32, went round Britain including most of Orkney in 11 weeks with mainly good weather, lots of wonderful experiences and meeting many interesting people.

AGM - followed by Cruising to Hell and Back - Rod Paton

Rod Paton describes where things went badly wrong on cruises in the Baltic and across the Atlantic - and tries to draw sensible conclusions.

Annual Dinner at Beaconsfield Golf Club


Spring 2010

Quyvers Travels - John Andrews and Freda Haylet

Adventures on a voyage from Grenada via the Panama Canal, Pacific Islands to New Zealand. Long distance cruising, ports of call and interesting characters met on the way.

Voyages to New Zealand - Melville Errington

The golden era of British Maritime life aboard the liners to New Zealand, including the challenges, both serious and amusing, of keeping engines running for five months.

Olympic Sailing, Qingdao 2008 to Portland 2012 - Dick Batt

Dick Batt (Batt Sails, Bosham), Chief Measurer for Olympic Sailing who serves on many National and International bodies, tells us what goes on behind the scenes.

Classic Yachts through the camera lens - Kathy Mansfield

Professional photographer Kathy shows us stunning images of Meter Class yachts, from their Centenary Celebration. The Meter Class lead to the Americas Cup boats.

RYA First Aid Course at Hedgerley Village Hall

Peter and Carol Pocock with hands on practice on dummies.

Oceanography of the Southern Ocean - Dr Isabelle Ansorge

From voyages on research ships in 90 knot winds and 30 metre waves, Dr Ansorge describes the Southern Ocean and its profound effect on world climate.

The Merchant Navy in the Battle for the North Atlantic 
Richard Woodman

Richard Woodman – Trinity House Elder, Novelist, Master Mariner, Naval Historian – describes the Merchant Navy’s role in this vital struggle from 1939 to 1943.

The Around the World Yacht Race - David Cusworth, Clipper Ventures

Learn how anyone, even if they have never stepped on a boat before, can join the adventure and circumnavigate the world under sail in an eleven month long marathon.

Italian Connection, from Malta to Nice 
Bernie Smallman and John Dawson

John and Bernie tell of their trip in Burnadebt to get a new mast. They sailed from Malta to France, visiting Sicily, Vulcano, Stromboli, Naples, finishing in Monaco and Nice

Experiences as a Yachtmaster Instructor
Duncan Wells

GXSA member Duncan Wells recounts his experiences when sailing home from Brittany with an inexperienced crew. He will also give an amusing view of his recovery from his dramatic flares accident.

An Atlantic Short-Circuit 
Tony Firth

Tony covers sailing tactics and equipment, wildlife and cooking on his circuit via the Canaries, Cape Verde Islands and the Azores.

Spring 2011

World Cruising Destinations - Jimmy Cornell

Distinguished sailor and author Jimmy Cornell has completed ocean passages in all parts of the world including the Antarctic and the Pacific, illustrated in his new book entitled World Cruising Today. Excellent pictures and fine sailing.

An Atlantic Crossing - Ray Bridges

Our vice chairman, Ray was sailing dinghies until just a few years ago. In spring 2010 he sailed Sonar, his Island Packet 440 to the Caribbean and will describe the voyage and the warm cruising grounds he has explored there. A good talk for a January evening.

Around the World - Rory McDougall

Rory's Wharram Tiki 21 is the smallest multihull to circumnavigate the world at just 21ft in length. With no engine and navigating by sextant and compass, the voyage was a wonderful discovery of islands, nature and cultures, all experienced in a simple and non-intrusive way.

The RNLI : An insider's View - Paul Boissier

What is 186 years old, costs £380,000 a day to run, builds boats and saves a life a day? Find out from the RNLI's Chief Executive, who once qualified as a brewer of Guinness and then went round the world in a submarine.

How to Write a Sea Story - Sam Llewellyn

Author of many novels, accomplished sailor and frequent columnist in sailing magazines, Sam returns to entertain us with his humorous insight on all matters maritime. He believes that telling stories is the summit of human achievement and will convince you with this talk.

Europe's Waterways: Down the Danube 
Philip and Phyl Cook

Philip "&" Phyl designed and managed the building of their 21m motor boat, Zingara, which they took on inland European waterways from France to Romania, travelling on the Rhine, Main and Danube. They returned via the Mediterranean in 2009.

Cruising the Western Isles
David Horn and Rob Johnstone

GXSA members David and John explored the Hebrides and St Kilda in the summer of 2010. Fine pictures, good stories and helpful sailing advice about this excellent cruising area will convince you to visit.

Sailing the North Aegean Sea
Karin and Andrew Wilkinson

Mediterranean experts and former GXSA members, Karen and Andrew describe their recent voyage exploring the Northern Aegean islands and changes on the sailing front that they have seen in the Mediterranean in the past 10 years.

Jester Challenge 2010 - John Apps

This was John's third Jester Challenge, a biannual single handed trans-Atlantic event for yachts under 30 ft in length. Sailing his UFO 27 "Glayva" he completed the crossing to Newport, Rhode Island in 50 days and was presented with the Newport Medal in recognition of his achievement.

45th Annual Dinner at Buckinghamshire Golf Club, Denham