Next Meeting: Wed 6 October
“London’s More Important River” - Jeremy Batch
Members will recall Jeremy’s fascinating talk last year when, with excellent illustrations, he recounted the detailed history of LimehouseBasin. We are privileged that he can again address us, this time onLondon’s more important river, which you will have guessed is not theThames. Jeremy is a famous local historian, and also the lock keeper at Limehouse. His stories are fascinating and of interest to everyone from historians, yachtsman and even barge skippers.
Come along to this our first meeting of this season, and enjoy the talk, learn a little more and meet up with old friends. As ever visitors are very welcome.
Steffan Meyric Hughes - "The Circle Line " (Around London in a small boat )
"Portsmouth and Southampton " - A Maritime Contrast
Graham Horn explores the history of merchant port Southampton and premier Naval base Portsmouth, delves into their rivalries and reveals why they came to take on such different roles. Whether it is shipbuilding, trade, defence or football, Portsmouth and Southampton have had a long rivalry. It is a fascinating intriguing story that has lasted some 2,000 years.
A great evening for all
GXSA Talk Wednesday October 23rd
Stephen Golliker - A life Under and Over the Ocean
Stephen grew up in South Africa, and has been involved in sailing all his life. He’s raced Dinghies, J-Class, and much in between.
He was privileged to take part in the training of the South African dinghy racing 49er team, when the country rejoined the Olympic movement, in 1992.
He also spent several years in the South African navy, as crew in warships, submarines, and a replica caravel from 1488.
Come and hear how the images relate to the career of this well established long-term sailor, and gain some insight on how sailing boats have developed over the years.
|GXSA for timings and directions|
|South Africa at the Olympics|
|Bartolomeu Dias Video (5 minutes)|
|Mossel Bay Museum|
Gordon Harold - Sailing Around the UK - Against the Clock
GXSA member Gordon, was a very experienced dinghy sailor when he bought his first cruising boat in the 1980s, a Halcyon 27. This was followed by a Frances 26 and then in 2003 a Contessa 32 which is regarded as a safe robust 'go anywhere' offshore yacht.
GXSA talks on a ‘Round the UK Rally’, the accounts of Roger Oliver’s solo passages round Britain in PBO, and the BBC’s excellent ‘Coast’ programmes, all inspired Gordon to do something similar, so in 2006 he set off on a meticulously planned venture to sail around the UK.
The trip proved to be a challenging and rewarding experience, both on and offshore.
Come and hear his story, there is something to touch us all.