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