Sailing Websites

The links below are chosen for having possible interest to GXSA members. The links are provided in good faith. GXSA cannot be held responsible for their integrity or content. Please contact us if your favourite sites are absent.



Clubs and Societies

RYA, Royal Yachting Association

Yateley Offshore A club based in Hampshire with very similar profile to GXSA

Henley Offshore A local club with similar profile to GXSA

Ocean Cruising Club A club with a strong affinity to GXSA

Broadwater Sailing Club A local dinghy sailing club based in the Colne Valley

Datchet Water Sailing Club National level dinghy sailing club. Several DWSC members are also members of GXSA

Cookham Reach Sailing Club is a family friendly club that offers social dinghy sailing and racing on the Thames at Cookham


Kids, Children, Teens, Youth, and Youngsters

A Kid's Guide to Sailing Boats - Getting started in sailing, by Amelia Whiting, from Seattle.  Thanks, Amelia.

Guest Speakers

Kathy Mansfield Photography A regular contributor to Classic Boat and Watercraft magazines. Superb annual calendar.

Deben Marine Deben Marine is owned by Art Butler who is GXSA's instructor and members' adviser.

Cox Engineering Vyv Cox's site on interesting yachting articles

Restoration and Historic Vessels

Medusa Trust have renovated a wartime Harbour Defence Motorised Launch, that can be visited at Haslar Marina, Gosport.  Medusa was involved in the D-Day Landings, and had a role in the film Dunkirk.  Alan Watson from the Medusa Trust spoke to us in January 2020.



Current Weather and Forecasts

Weather at Chichester Entrance, Cowes

Wind at Calshot

Mail a Sail Global Weather Portal This site is currently under development and will include links to well known forecasters, their web sites and other weather related information sources. (including Frank Singleton - see below)

XC weather A favourite site for several GXSA members. Nice graphical presentation of observations and five day UK forecasts for wind, temperature and precipitation.

Metcheck (provides a 1 to 7 day forecast and 8-14 day forecast of wind speed and direction.

The Weather Channel provides 9 day forecasts with day and night details and including wind speed and direction.

Grib Weather files and Software Desktop wind and weather forecasts for all over the world using small downloadable files: free data, software and instructions - a must for all ocean sailors

Passage Weather Interesting variation on GRIB, that includes a forecast of visibility

Synoptic Charts German met site with an archive of north atlantic synoptic charts.

Weather for Fishermen. Fishing site which provides free synoptic charts and forecasts. Also some fascinating pages on fishing boats and gear.


The Weather Experts

 Frank Singleton's weather site (A comprehensive source of where to get weather information)



Yacht Pilot The online pilot book for the English Channel, with their sub-site for revising your Day Skipper syllabus

East Coast Pilot A sponsored site to support the East Coast Pilot Book. Comprises up to date charts (of wind farms, changing sandbanks etc), weather information and a comprehensive information source to support East Coast Sailors. You can subscribe to a free email update and news service.

Sail Europe A site by Jim Baerselman which summarises the attractiveness of European cruising areas. Useful to drool over during those long winter evenings

Easy Tide Tidal height predictions for up to 5 days ahead - Jimmy Cornell's site for ocean cruising

Sight reduction program in javascript. Save page to your PC.

Pangolin A New Zealand site with all you need for astro including software and almanac downloads. Good articles on ocean passage planning

Multi year almanac on CD ($US 30)

Astronomical Algorithms Jean Meeus' definitive guide - mathematical and useful if you fancy writing your own code ($US35) - nothing on tides

Lots of short navigation programs in javascript that you can run in your browser.

For sailing advice, boat reviews and subscriptions

For those who appreciate the most beautiful boats in the world


Sailing Schools

Westview Sailing is a locally based RYA approved school offering day skipper, yachtmaster courses and VHF short range certificate courses.


Local Non-Sailing Activities

Gerrards Cross Community Association

Gerrards Cross Parish Council The link page is a reference to local clubs and societies

Volunteering in Buckinghamshire Lists of opportunities

Volunteering made easy General information, national and international opportunities


The Other Stuff

A selection of sites that we find difficult to categorise

Sailing Resources (includes a large number of links to clubs associations and chandlery

MMSI numbers. ITU lists of boat names, nationalities and MMSIs

Vessels currently at sea in UK waters

Boat Trips a directory of boat trips round the country. Enjoy the events and let your skipper have a stress free afternoon!

Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust Inspiring young people's cancer recovery through sailing. See the work of the trust and "lend a hand". Ellen MacArthur is an honorary member of GXSA.

Tall Ships Youth Trust