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GXSA currently has 190 active members with a regular weekly attendance of 70-90 people.  The map below shows the main places that our members travel from.  Not surprisingly, there is a high concentration in our home town (Gerrards Cross), with most people travelling up to 30 miles on a Wednesday evening.

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We also have Outport members who live too far away to travel each Wednesday evening (eg. Hampshire, Spain, and New York).   Members, Visitors, and Guests are always welcome.

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GERRARDS CROSS SAILING ASSOCIATION RULES

Jan 17, 2007, revised 15th March 2017.

1 Name and objects

1.1         The name of the Association is “Gerrards Cross Sailing Association”.

1.2         The object of the Association shall be to provide lectures, discussions, social and other activities for all those interested in the sport and pastime of sailing and boating.

1.3         The Association is a non-profit making organisation. All profits and surpluses will be used to maintain or improve the Association’s facilities. No profit or surpluses will be distributed except as covered under Rule 11 - Dissolution.

2  Membership

2.1         Membership shall be open to any person over the age of 18.

2.2         A person under the age of eighteen (18) and sponsored by an adult member may become a Junior Member.

2.3         A member’s children or grandchildren under the age of eighteen (18) are considered to be Junior Members of the Association whilst participating in an activity organised by the Association.

2.4         Applicants for membership shall record their personal details on a membership form which shall be forwarded to the Honorary Secretary.  Membership of the Association shall be at the discretion of the Committee.

2.5         Every member shall furnish the Honorary Secretary with an up-to-date address and email address if available and any notice sent to such addresses shall be deemed to have been duly delivered.

2.6         The Committee may appoint a person or persons as Honorary Members of the Association, generally in recognition of some service or particular relationship with the Association

2.7         Members who, for any reason, wish to resign their membership shall inform the Honorary Secretary in writing by mail or email.

2.8         Guests or visitors will be welcome to attend Association functions on payment of a visitor fee as decided by the Committee from time to time. Guests or visitors shall record their name and email address ifavailable on the attendance sheet.

3  Joining Fee and Subscription

3.1         The Association joining fee (if any) and the annual subscription payable by all members of the Association shall be recommended by the Committee and put to the general meeting on an annual basis

3.2         The Association joining fee shall be payable just once at the beginning of a member’s period of membership. This fee may be set to be nil.

3.3         The annual subscription shall become payable on joining and on the 1st October each year.

3.4         The first year’s subscription for those members joining after the end of December but before 1st October may be reduced for that partial year at the discretion of the Committee provided that a Bankers standing order for the full subscription is signed effective 1st October of that year.

3.5         Subscriptions shall normally be payable by Bankers Standing Order.

3.6         The annual subscription levied for two members having the same address may be set at a discount and called Family Membership.

3.7         The annual subscription levied for a member who has moved residence to a distance greater than 50 miles from Gerrards Cross may, at the discretion of the Committee, be set at a discount and called Outport Membership.

3.8         Any member whose subscription has not been received in full by 1st December shall be considered to be in arrears.

3.9         Any member with annual subscription payments in arrears who attends an Association function or event shall pay their arrears in full to the relevant committee member prior to admittance.

3.10     Any member/s whose subscription payment is in arrears may not vote at any meeting

3.11     The Committee may cancel, without notice, the membership of any member whose annual subscription fees are more than three months in arrears, provided that the Committee may, at its discretion, reinstate such member upon payment of arrears. After a period of six months in arrears a new membership application form and Standing Order form shall be required together with payment of such joining fee as may be in force before reinstatement.

4  Officers

4.1         The Officers of the Association shall be members and shall consist of a Chairman, Vice Chairman, Honorary Secretary and Honorary Treasurer, each of whom shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting in each year to hold office for the subsequent year until the next Annual General Meeting. The retiring Officers shall be eligible for re-election, save that the Chairman and Vice Chairman shall serve for a maximum of two consecutive years. The retiring chairman may not seek election to office or the committee for a period of one year following retirement.

4.2         No candidate for election to any office (other than the retiring Officers) shall be proposed unless the name of such candidate and of their proposer shall have been submitted to the Honorary Secretary 30 days before the date of the Annual General Meeting, and unless the consent of the proposed candidate has been obtained.

5  Committee

5.1         The Committee shall consist of the four Officers and not more than six members of the Association, elected by the membership at the Annual General Meeting to hold office until the conclusion of the next Annual General Meeting.

5.2         Candidates for election to the Committee shall be those members of the retiring committee who shall offer themselves for re-election and such other members of the Association whose nominations have been proposed and seconded by members of the Association in writing and shall have been sent to the Honorary Secretary 30 days before the date of the Annual General Meeting, the consent of the candidate having been obtained.

5.3         If the number of candidates exceeds the number of vacancies to be filled, the election shall be by ballot. In the event of the ballot failing to determine the members of the Committee because of an equality of votes, the candidate or candidates to be elected from those having an equal number of votes shall be determined by lot.

5.4         If a vacancy occurs for any reason, the Committee may co-opt a member to fill the vacancy.

5.5         The Committee shall manage the affairs of the Association according to these rules and shall apply the funds of the Association to the objects of the Association.

5.6         The Committee shall make such bylaws, rules and regulations as they think fit for the management of any property of the Association.

5.7         The Committee may appoint sub-committees as it may deem necessary and may delegate such of its powers as it may think fit upon such terms and conditions as shall be deemed expedient.  Such sub-committees shall consist of such members of the Committee or of the Association as the Committees may think fit.  Officers of the club shall be ex officio members of all such sub-committees.

5.8         No business shall be transacted at any meeting of the Committee unless a quorum of the Committee is present, such a quorum being a minimum of two Officers and three Committee members.

5.9         A member of the Committee, of a sub-committee or any officer of the Association, in transacting business for the Association, shall disclose to third parties that he is so acting.

5.10     The Committee or any person or sub-committee delegated by the Committee to act as agent for the Association or its members, shall enter into contract only as far as expressly authorised, or authorised by implication, by the members.  No person shall, without the express authority of the membership in General Meeting, pledge the credit of the membership.

5.11     In pursuance of the authority vested in the Committee by members of the club, members of the Committee are entitled to be indemnified by the members of the club against any liabilities properly incurred by them or any one of them on behalf of the club wherever the contract is of a duly authorised nature or could be assumed to be of a duly authorised nature and entered into on behalf of the club. The limit of any individual member’s indemnity in this respect shall be a sum equal to one year’s subscription at the then current rate of that category of membership unless the committee has been authorised to exceed such limit by a General Meeting of the Association.

5.12     The Association’s annual accounting period shall run from 1 October to the following 30 September.

5.13     The Committee shall ensure that such books of accounts are kept as are necessary to give a true and fair view of the state of the finances of the Association and shall ensure that an annual balance sheet is available for consideration at each annual general meeting.

5.14     The Committee shall ensure that such insurance policy or policies are administered as may be needed to adequately protect the interests of the Association, its Officers and its members.

5.15     The committee shall take legal advice as and when required to ensure that the Association’s affairs are managed in accordance with current law.

6  Honorary Independent Examiner

6.1         At the Annual General Meeting, an Honorary Independent Examiner shall be appointed whose duty shall be to independently examine the Associations accounts.

7   Annual & Special General Meetings

7.1         A general meeting of the members of the Association shall be held no later than the end of April each year.

7.2         Notice of this annual general meeting together with the business to be brought forward at the meeting shall be delivered  to each member at least fourteen (14) days before such meeting.

7.3         No business (except the passing of the accounts and the election of the Officers, Committee and Honorary Independent Examiner and any business that the Committee may order to be inserted in the notice convening the meeting) shall be discussed at such meeting, unless notice thereof be given to the Honorary Secretary 30 days before the date of the Annual General Meeting.

7.4         The Committee may, on giving 14 days’ notice, call a Special General Meeting of the Association for any specific business, the nature of which shall be stated in the notice convening the meeting, and the discussion at such meeting shall be confined to that business only.

7.5         The Committee shall call a Special General Meeting on the written request of a minimum of 20 members or 20 percent of the membership, excluding Juniors, whichever shall be the lower, and shall comply with the conditions set out in Clause 7.3 hereof.

7.6         At a General Meeting of the Association all Members, except Juniors, shall have one vote. In case of an equality of votes, the Chairman shall have a second and casting vote.

7.7         At a General Meeting of the Association 15 members, except Juniors, shall form a quorum and shall include at least 2 officers of the Association.

7.8         Accidental omission to give notice of any meeting to or non-receipt of such notice by any member does not invalidate the proceedings at that meeting.

8   New Rules, Amendments and Alterations

8.1         Notice of any alteration or addition to the rules intended to be proposed by a member of the Association shall be given to the Honorary Secretary in writing 30 days before the date of the Annual General Meeting, or 30 days before any Special General Meeting at which the same is to be brought forward, and full particulars of any such proposed alterations or additions shall be set out in the notice convening the meeting.

8.2         All such proposed alterations or additions and any amendments to them which may be proposed and seconded, shall be put to the vote of the meeting, and provided that on a show of hands, or, if demanded on a poll, a majority of two-thirds of the votes of those members present and voting shall be cast in favour of any proposed alterations or additions or amendments then the same shall be deemed to be carried.

9   Data Protection Act 1998

9.1         The acceptance of these rules by past, existing or prospective members of the Association, or persons who have regular contact with it, shall be deemed to constitute consent to the holding by the Association of personal data for the purpose of establishing or maintaining membership of or support for the Association, or providing or administering activities.

10   Limitation of liability*

10.1       In these Rules "GXSA" means the Gerrards Cross Sailing Association and both collectively and individually its Officers, Committee members , members and those acting on its behalf or voluntarily assisting it.    "GXSA event(s)" means any activity, meeting, rally or other event organised, arranged, facilitated or promoted by the GXSA, ashore or afloat including getting to and from it.

10.2       The GXSA is organised and managed on a voluntary, amateur basis and GXSA shall not be liable to anyone for any loss, damage, death or personal injury howsoever caused to its members, skippers, crews or other participants or third parties, their boats, belongings and equipment whilst at or participating in a GXSA event.  

10.3       Skippers, crew, GXSA members and other participants in GXSA events acknowledge the inherent risk involved in the sport of sailing and warrant to the GXSA that they are appropriately qualified and/or experienced, equipped and prepared to participate in the relevant GXSA event, that their boat and other equipment is in good order and suitable for the conditions and that they have independently informed themselves of the meteorological, maritime, tidal and other information appropriate to the GXSA event and that they carry appropriate safety equipment. All participants at GXSA events should abide by all maritime, harbour and other relevant rules and regulations and remain personally liable for any failure to do so.

10.4       When at a GXSA event involving waterborne activities whether in company or alone all owners, skippers, crew and other participants understand that normal maritime laws apply and that the GXSA does not provide any rescue cover, patrol or safety boats or other repair facilities or safety measures. The skippers should assess for themselves whether the GXSA event and any conditions are within their, their equipment and crews' abilities to safely participate and that they must rely on their own resources. Regardless of any information or instructions given by GXSA the skipper of any vessel will remain responsible for its and its crew's actions.

10.5       To the extent that GXSA organises or facilitates crew lists or introduces owners, skippers and crew to each other or facilitates their introduction the GXSA gives no warranty as to the seaworthiness or appropriateness or safety of any boat or equipment nor as to the competence, experience, health or otherwise of any skipper, crew or other participant who should all satisfy themselves as to such matters prior to setting off.

10.6       All boats, owners, skippers and crew should ensure that at the very least they carry adequate third party liability insurance.

10.7       Children (under 18) may only attend GXSA events in the company of their parent, guardian or other adult relation or a responsible adult bringing them to the event ("Adult") and such child or children must remain under the care and control of such Adult at all times whilst at the GXSA event and such Adult shall have complete responsibility for the child's safety, conduct and wellbeing. Where the Adult is not the parent or guardian of the child it is the Adult's responsibility to ensure they have the parent or guardian's consent.

10.8       The GXSA shall have no responsibility to any participant or planned participant of a GXSA event which has to be cancelled or amended due to adverse weather or any other reason. The GXSA reserves the right to rearrange or cancel events at any time.

10.9       The GXSA is not a training body and any explanation, view, opinion, encouragement or information offered by GXSA or those speaking at GXSA events should not be treated as training or expert advice or relied on without independent verification or training and any views expressed or information given by speakers at GXSA events is their own and not that of GXSA which shall not be responsible for it. Where GXSA arranges or facilitates attendance by Members or others at formal training events offered by third parties the GXSA will not be responsible for the scope or quality of such training or the experience or qualifications of the person(s) giving it or for any advice or training given".

11  Dissolution

11.1     In the event the Committee shall decide that it can no longer continue with the effective running of the Association, it shall call a Special General Meeting in accordance with Clause 7.3 hereof and shall explain to the membership the reasons for the proposed dissolution of the Association. Should the membership seek to elect new Officers and a new Committee, they shall do only in accordance with Clause 5.0 herein.

11.2     In the event that it is agreed at the Special General Meeting called for that purpose, that the Association shall be dissolved then the Committee shall dispose of the assets of the Association by distributing the same to such charities as they shall elect.  On the final disposal of such assets and the winding up of the affairs of the Association, the Treasurer shall prepare a Final Accounts, indicating such disposals and which statement shall be certified by the Honorary Independent Examiner and a copy sent to each member of the Association.

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* previous liability clause replaced after AGM on 15th March 2017 and RYA consultation. 

10.1         The Gerrards Cross Sailing Association and its officers and committee members shall not be liable to any member whatsoever of the Association, or any person using Association property or attending activities arranged by the Association or by virtue of these rules for or by reason of any act, neglect, default or negligence of any officer, servant or agent of the Association.  

 

Publicity Materials

The following images are links to the current  Programme in PDF format.  Please feel free to print and use the materials to publicise GXSA to your friends, family, and any organisations you are associated with.

Poster

Thumb - Programme - 1 sided 2xA5

This A4 version works well for pinning to a noticeboard

LeafletThumb - Programme - 2 sided A5

This A5 version (2-sided) works nicely as a handout.

The only issue is printing to A5 paper, which is difficult to come by.

Membership Application Process

  1. Please apply online using the form below. 
  2. After we have processed your form, you will receive an email, and be registered to login to the website, with "Pending" status.
  3. When you login to the website, you will be shown a form with payment instruction for the membership fees.
  4. Once you have paid for membership, you will become a full member, your website login will be promoted to "Full Member", and you will receive the normal communications of a "Full Member".

There are three classes of membership:

  1. Family: For the primary member, and partner living at the same address (cost is £35 per annum)
  2. Single: For an individual (cost is £30 per annum)
  3. Outport: For people living more than 30 miles from Gerrards Cross (as the crow flies) (cost is £10 per annum)

Most of our members pay by Standing Order.  When you have completed the form, we will display a standing order form that you can print off and bring along to a meeting, or submit directly to your bank.

Please complete the details, below.  We will email you the details that you complete.

Membership
Member
Details about yourself
Partner
For Health & Safety, and Family memberships
Address
Where would you like us to send correspondence?
Boat
GXSA welcomes everybody. If you do happen to own a boat, we would love to hear about it, as there may be somebody else in the association with a similar vessel.
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Location - Wednesday Evening Meetings

Memorial Centre Photo

Our regular meetings are held at the Memorial Centre, East Common, Gerrards Cross, Bucks SL9 7AD Tel (01753) 883759.

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Parking

There is a large car park within the centre which is free and fills quickly. Visitors to the centre are discouraged from parking on the common, although if the car park is full it is possible to park either on field behind (entrance through field gate immediately to the right of the main building) or on the road (unlit).

Please note: the car park has separate entry and exits. The entrance is on the east side adjacent to a single storey building. At night this entrance can be difficult to identify (drive slowly!).

Train and Plane

The centre is about 7 minutes walk from Gerrards Cross Station served by a frequent Chiltern Railways service to London Marylebone, High Wycome and Birmingham.

The location is approximately 40 minutes by road from both London Heathrow and London Luton airports.

Other meetings

Locations will be announced beforehand. See individual notices.

Previous version of  GXSA ASSOCIATION RULES from Feb. 2007.  

Please note these have been superseded by the Current  Rules of the Association.

 

1.0     Name and objects

1.1     The name of the Association is “Gerrards Cross Sailing Association”.

1.2     The object of the Association shall be to provide lectures, discussions, social and other activities for all those interested in the sport and pastime of sailing and boating.

1.3     The Association is a non-profit making organisation. All profits and surpluses will be used to maintain or improve the Association’s facilities. No profit or surpluses will be distributed except as covered under Rule 11 - Dissolution.

2.0         Membership

2.1         Membership shall be open to any person over the age of 18.

2.2         A person under the age of eighteen (18) and sponsored by an adult member may become a Junior Member.

2.3         A member’s children or grandchildren under the age of eighteen (18) are considered to be Junior Members of the Association whilst participating in an activity organised by the Association.

2.4         Applicants for membership shall record their personal details on a membership form which shall be forwarded to the Honorary Secretary.  Membership of the Association shall be at the discretion of the Committee.

2.5         Every member shall furnish the Honorary Secretary with an up-to-date address and email address if available and any notice sent to such addresses shall be deemed to have been duly delivered.

2.6         The Committee may appoint a person or persons as Honorary Members of the Association, generally in recognition of some service or particular relationship with the Association

2.7         Members who, for any reason, wish to resign their membership shall inform the Honorary Secretary in writing by mail or email.

2.8         Guests or visitors will be welcome to attend Association functions on payment of a visitor fee as decided by the Committee from time to time. Guests or visitors shall record their name and email address ifavailable on the attendance sheet.

 3.0         Joining Fee and Subscription

3.1         The Association joining fee (if any) and the annual subscription payable by all members of the Association shall be recommended by the Committee and put to the general meeting on an annual basis.

 

3.2         The Association joining fee shall be payable just once at the beginning of a member’s period of membership. This fee may be set to be nil.

3.3         The annual subscription shall become payable on joining and on the 1st October each year.

3.4         The first year’s subscription for those members joining after the end of December but before 1st October may be reduced for that partial year at the discretion of the Committee provided that a Bankers standing order for the full subscription is signed effective 1st October of that year.

3.5         Subscriptions shall normally be payable by Bankers Standing Order.

3.6         The annual subscription levied for two members having the same address may be set at a discount and called Family Membership.

3.7         The annual subscription levied for a member who has moved residence to a distance greater than 50 miles from Gerrards Cross may, at the discretion of the Committee, be set at a discount and called Outport Membership.

3.8         Any member whose subscription has not been received in full by 1st December shall be considered to be in arrears.

3.9         Any member with annual subscription payments in arrears who attends an Association function or event shall pay their arrears in full to the relevant committee member prior to admittance.

3.10     Any member/s whose subscription payment is in arrears may not vote at any meeting

3.11     The Committee may cancel, without notice, the membership of any member whose annual subscription fees are more than three months in arrears, provided that the Committee may, at its discretion, reinstate such member upon payment of arrears. After a period of six months in arrears a new membership application form and Standing Order form shall be required together with payment of such joining fee as may be in force before reinstatement.

4.0         Officers

4.1         The Officers of the Association shall be members and shall consist of a Chairman, Vice Chairman, Honorary Secretary and Honorary Treasurer, each of whom shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting in each year to hold office for the subsequent year until the next Annual General Meeting. The retiring Officers shall be eligible for re-election, save that the Chairman and Vice Chairman shall serve for a maximum of two consecutive years. The retiring chairman may not seek election to office or the committee for a period of one year following retirement.

4.2         No candidate for election to any office (other than the retiring Officers) shall be proposed unless the name of such candidate and of their proposer shall have been submitted to the Honorary Secretary 30 days before the date of the Annual General Meeting, and unless the consent of the proposed candidate has been obtained.

5.0         Committee

5.1         The Committee shall consist of the four Officers and not more than six members of the Association, elected by the membership at the Annual General Meeting to hold office until the conclusion of the next Annual General Meeting.

5.2         Candidates for election to the Committee shall be those members of the retiring committee who shall offer themselves for re-election and such other members of the Association whose nominations have been proposed and seconded by members of the Association in writing and shall have been sent to the Honorary Secretary 30 days before the date of the Annual General Meeting, the consent of the candidate having been obtained.

5.3         If the number of candidates exceeds the number of vacancies to be filled, the election shall be by ballot. In the event of the ballot failing to determine the members of the Committee because of an equality of votes, the candidate or candidates to be elected from those having an equal number of votes shall be determined by lot.

5.4         If a vacancy occurs for any reason, the Committee may co-opt a member to fill the vacancy.

5.5         The Committee shall manage the affairs of the Association according to these rules and shall apply the funds of the Association to the objects of the Association.

5.6         The Committee shall make such bylaws, rules and regulations as they think fit for the management of any property of the Association.

5.7         The Committee may appoint sub-committees as it may deem necessary and may delegate such of its powers as it may think fit upon such terms and conditions as shall be deemed expedient.  Such sub-committees shall consist of such members of the Committee or of the Association as the Committees may think fit.  Officers of the club shall be ex officio members of all such sub-committees.

5.8         No business shall be transacted at any meeting of the Committee unless a quorum of the Committee is present, such a quorum being a minimum of two Officers and three Committee members.

5.9         A member of the Committee, of a sub-committee or any officer of the Association, in transacting business for the Association, shall disclose to third parties that he is so acting.

5.10     The Committee or any person or sub-committee delegated by the Committee to act as agent for the Association or its members, shall enter into contract only as far as expressly authorised, or authorised by implication, by the members.  No person shall, without the express authority of the membership in General Meeting, pledge the credit of the membership.

5.11     In pursuance of the authority vested in the Committee by members of the club, members of the Committee are entitled to be indemnified by the members of the club against any liabilities properly incurred by them or any one of them on behalf of the club wherever the contract is of a duly authorised nature or could be assumed to be of a duly authorised nature and entered into on behalf of the club. The limit of any individual member’s indemnity in this respect shall be a sum equal to one year’s subscription at the then current rate of that category of membership unless the committee has been authorised to exceed such limit by a General Meeting of the Association.

5.12     The Association’s annual accounting period shall run from 1 October to the following 30 September.

5.13     The Committee shall ensure that such books of accounts are kept as are necessary to give a true and fair view of the state of the finances of the Association and shall ensure that an annual balance sheet is available for consideration at each annual general meeting.

5.14     The Committee shall ensure that such insurance policy or policies are administered as may be needed to adequately protect the interests of the Association, its Officers and its members.

5.15     The committee shall take legal advice as and when required to ensure that the Association’s affairs are managed in accordance with current law.

6.0         Honorary Independent Examiner

6.1         At the Annual General Meeting, an Honorary Independent Examiner shall be appointed whose duty shall be to independently examine the Association’s accounts.

7.0         Annual & Special General Meetings

7.1         A general meeting of the members of the Association shall be held no later than the end of April each year.

7.2         Notice of this annual general meeting together with the business to be brought forward at the meeting shall be delivered  to each member at least 14 days before such meeting.

7.3         No business (except the adoption of the accounts and the election of the Officers, Committee and Honorary Independent Examiner and any business that the Committee may order to be inserted in the notice convening the meeting) shall be discussed at such meeting, unless notice thereof be given to the Honorary Secretary 30 days before the date of the Annual General Meeting.

7.4         The Committee may, on giving 14 days’ notice, call a Special General Meeting of the Association for any specific business, the nature of which shall be stated in the notice convening the meeting, and the discussion at such meeting shall be confined to that business only.

7.5         The Committee shall call a Special General Meeting on the written request of a minimum of 20 members or 20 percent of the membership, excluding Juniors, whichever shall be the lower, and shall comply with the conditions set out in Clause 7.3 hereof.

7.6         At a General Meeting of the Association all Members, except Juniors, shall have one vote. In case of an equality of votes, the Chairman shall have a second and casting vote.

 

7.7         At a General Meeting of the Association 15 members, except Juniors, shall form a quorum and shall include at least 2 officers of the Association.

 

7.8         Accidental omission to give notice of any meeting to or non-receipt of such notice by any member does not invalidate the proceedings at that meeting.

 

 

8.0         New Rules, Amendments and Alterations

8.1         Notice of any alteration or addition to the rules intended to be proposed by a member of the Association shall be given to the Honorary Secretary in writing 30 days before the date of the Annual General Meeting, or 30 days before any Special General Meeting at which the same is to be brought forward, and full particulars of any such proposed alterations or additions shall be set out in the notice convening the meeting.

8.2         All such proposed alterations or additions and any amendments to them which may be proposed and seconded, shall be put to the vote of the meeting, and provided that on a show of hands, or, if demanded on a poll, a majority of two-thirds of the votes of those members present and voting shall be cast in favour of any proposed alterations or additions or amendments then the same shall be deemed to be carried.

 

 

 

 

 

9.0         Data Protection Act 1998

 

The acceptance of these rules by past, existing or prospective members of the Association, or persons who have regular contact with it, shall be deemed to constitute consent to the holding by the Association of personal data for the purpose of establishing or maintaining membership of or support for the Association, or providing or administering activities.

                  

10.0     Liability

10.1     The Gerrards Cross Sailing Association and its officers and committee members shall not be liable to any member whatsoever of the Association, or any person using Association property or attending activities arranged by the Association or by virtue of these rules for or by reason of any act, neglect, default or negligence of any officer, servant or agent of the Association.

11.0     Dissolution

11.1     In the event the Committee shall decide that it can no longer continue with the effective running of the Association, it shall call a Special General Meeting in accordance with Clause 7.3 hereof and shall explain to the membership the reasons for the proposed dissolution of the Association. Should the membership seek to elect new Officers and a new Committee, they shall do only in accordance with Clause 5.0 herein.

11.2     In the event that it is agreed at the Special General Meeting called for that purpose, that the Association shall be dissolved then the Committee shall dispose of the assets of the Association by distributing the same to such charities as they shall elect.  On the final disposal of such assets and the winding up of the affairs of the Association, the Treasurer shall prepare a Final Statement of account indicating such disposals and which statement shall be examined by the Honorary Independent Examiner and a copy sent to each member of the Association.

 

 

 

 

Background

The association was formed in 1965 and has around 180 members. Their maritime interests are extensive and relate to anything that floats of various genre, the related technology, history, places of interest and world wide destinations. Members may actively cruise, race, charter or simply potter on the river - others mostly enjoy the camaraderie of the weekly talks and social events.

Meetings

Meetings are held during the Autumn and Spring on Wednesday evenings at the Memorial Centre in Gerrards Cross. The large modern hall and bar opens at 7.30pm to enable members and guests to meet informally before and after the meetings. Typical attendances are between 70 and 90. Visitors are very welcome.

Each meeting is normally an illustrated talk presented either by an invited professional speaker or member. Topics are wide ranging and amongst others include yacht cruising, seamanship, navigation, meteorology and environmental issues. Past programmes can be seen on the programme page.

Saturday Specials

These are either outings to a relevant place of interest or whole day instructional courses on topics such as  radar, electrical and engine maintenance, sea survival and first aid. Some events are linked to RYA certification schemes and there are usually one or two each season.

Social and Sailing Programme

In addition to the weekly winter meetings, the "Social and sailing programme" includes summer weekend rallies, usually one longer cruise in company and an annual dinner. The association facilitates contact between skippers looking for crew and members seeking crewing experience.

Committee

GXSA is run by Officers and a Committee, who are all elected each year at the Annual General Meeting in March.

 

See here for the current Committee Members.

Early History of GXSA

Background

In 2016, as part of the 50th anniversary programme of GXSA, Chairman Stuart Gaunt initiated a project to document some of the early history of the Association. The 50th Anniversary dinner on 29th March 2016 was an opportunity to bring together some of the founder members to recount their recollections and celebrate the Association’s popularity and achievements. GXSA member Jane Moss hosted a table of Founder Members at the dinner and formed the starting point for this document, using notes that Ken Moss had made from the time of the 25th Anniversary dinner.

 

Relevant photographs or additional recollections from members that would enhance or correct this article would be very welcome.

 

GXSA: The First 21 Years

This section is based on recollections by Alf Sampeys, the first Secretary and Treasurer.

The first exploratory meeting leading to the Association was held on 24th November 1965. Martin Pelton was the first Chairman and Rex Ebbetts served as a Committee member.

The inaugural meeting of ''Gerrards Cross Yachting & Boating Association'' was on 10th March 1966. 30 Founder Members attended.

The Founder Members in 1966 were Martin and Joan Pelton, Alf and Joy Sampeys, Martin and Joan Tomlins, Rex Ebbetts, John Scadeng, Don Goddard, John and Ann Briggs, Fred Lloyd, Peter and Elizabeth Batterley, Tony and Barbara Barrett, John Potter, Bill and Peggy Rimmer, Derek Fawcett, Leslie Bunten, Ray and June Bushell, Greville Muir, Ron Cross, George and Bunny Burgess, Norman Halliwell, John Spreckley, Bill Nicol.

The first talk was ''Personal experiences of Yacht Cruising'' by Martin Tomlins, (subsequently an Honorary Member) illustrated with films.

It was in 1968 that the name was changed to Gerrards Cross Sailing Association (GXSA). In the early days, most members owned dinghies and raced on reservoirs. The majority of the talks, ten per year, were given by members, many of whom had sailed extensively in various areas of the Mediterranean and the Caribbean. There were many ups and downs during the formative years. Sometimes when meeting attendance was below ten, the partners of the Founder Members had to be coaxed to attend! There was a great deal of enthusiasm when GXSA chartered the 60 ft. yacht 'Overlord' for a weekend; twelve members sailed the yacht in the Solent area and across to Weymouth. Two Thames Barges were also chartered for a weekend.

By 1968 – 1969, the membership had increased to about 65. The first weekend Sailing Rally in the Solent was in the summer of 1969.

In 1970 the first Annual Dinner and Dance was held and autumn and spring Social Evenings (Christmas Nautical Hop, quiz, barbecue) were organised. In 1971 a GXSA Boat Show (!...) was organised at the Memorial Centre.

Fred Lloyd produced the artwork for our programmes and earlier function tickets 1966-1979. Colin Buchanan kindly served as auditor 1976 – 1985.

Brian Warren, who had been on the committee 1976 – 82, became Chairman 1978-80. He and David Henriques organised for the meetings to be transferred in 1979 from the Social Room to Colston Hall due to increasing attendance at the talks. Around this time, about 1980, the first Saturday Special was held. This was a one day course on Astro Navigation by GXSA member Ken Moss. Subsequent topics included Weather Forecasting, Electronic Navigational equipment, Practical Life-Raft Demonstrations and Marine Engine Maintenance.


 

Founder members present at the 50th anniversary dinner:

Alf Sampeys was the first secretary and treasurer, now 88. He retired to Spain in 1986, from where he travelled for this event. At the end of August 1986 he sailed his new Westerly Corsair Tal Querida from the Hamble to Alicante with one daughter and two male friends as crew. Alf and Joy now live permanently in Alicante. They have enjoyed sailing to Corsica, the Greek Islands, Tunisia, Malta, Sicily, Italy, and the Balearic Islands - Ibiza, Majorca, Minorca and Formentera (their favourite).

Rex Ebbetts was in charge of audio-visual, films and projectors for all meetings for almost 30 years, now 91. He retired to the South Coast but is still an “out of town” member, now known as Roland Ebbetts. Rex was President of the British Kinematograph, Sound and Television Society in 1979.

Susan Henriques represented her husband and past chairman, David Henriques. They moved to Lymington and David, 87, now has Parkinson’s disease so was unable to join the celebrations.

Founder members Brian Warren, Nigel Thomas and Robin Pratt also came to the dinner.

 

GXSA recollections 20 years on, from 1986

Nigel Thomas became Chairman 1986 – 87, having served on the committee 1982-87.

Honorary Members at that time included Martin and Joan Tomlins, Peter and Elizabeth Batterley, Bill and Peggy Rimmer, June Bushell, Derek Fawcett.

The 25th Anniversary dinner was held at Little Ship Club in 1991.

The 50th Anniversary dinner was held at the Compleat Angler, Marlow in 2016.

 

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A Selection of Speakers and Programme Material from the early years

The main emphasis during the years 1966-1969 was instructional, when most evenings were concerned with the art of Navigation and Seamanship, interspersed with a few well known speakers. From 1970 onwards, to broaden the appeal, talks of a more general nature were added.

 

Notable early speakers included:

Errol Bruce (RNSA, author Deep Sea Sailing) Autumn 1966 and Autumn 1986
Derek Boyer (Rear Commodore Island SC) Autumn 1967
Martin Tomlins (GXSA member)
Spring 1968
Bernard Hayman (editor Yachting World)  
Autumn 1968 and Autumn 1979
Sir Alec Rose (single handed RTW) Autumn 1969
Chay Blyth (1st non-stop single handed RTW westwards) Spring 1970 and Spring 1972
Lt Col John Blashford-Snell (explorer, author) 
Spring 1970 and Spring 1971
Roland Prout (Catamarans)    
Autumn 1970
(John) Des Sleightholme (Editor yachting monthly)
Autumn 1970
Admiral Sir Charles Madden GCB (CIC Home Fleet)
Autumn 1971
Lt Col Lord Burnham   (Hall Barn, Beaconsfield)
Spring 1972
Ewart Meyer 
Autumn 1973
Robin Aisher (Olympic bronze 5.5m 1968)
Spring 1979
John Oakeley   (1972 Olympics, Lionheart, Americas Cup) Spring 1980
Capt David Hart-Dyke RN (of HMS Coventry Spring 1983
Maj Ewen Southby-Tailyour (Falklands Pilot) Autumn 1983

                                                                     

Recent talks from Autumn 2006 to the present day can be seen via the programme links on this web site but Nick Ringshall kindly compiled a list of all speakers and titles from 1979 -2006, shown below.

 

04/10/1979   Come Alongside Robin Pratt
11/10/1979   Yacht Design - a Personal View David Sadler
18/10/1979   The Mary Rose   Major
25/10/1979   Channel Cruising in Company Nigel Thomas
01/11/1979   'Bird' Spreads her Wings Mike Hall
08/11/1979   Boating in the South of France Henry Hector
10/11/1979   Seamanship and Passagemaking Tom Sage
15/11/1979   Small Craft Communication Bernard Neyman
22/11/1979   Film Evening Rex Ebbetts
29/11/1979   Yesterday in the Atlantic Libby Purves
17/01/1980   Sailing in the Ionian and Dodecanese Islands John Ross
24/01/1980   Yesterday in the Atlantic Libby Purves
31/01/1980   Cruising Through Burgundy Hugh McKnight
07/02/1980   Challenge for the America’s Cup John Cakeley
14/02/1980   The Maritime Electronics Scene John Hawkins
16/02/1980   Visit to Greenwich Maritime Museum Stephen Riley
28/02/1980   Round the World Race 1977/78 Fred Dovaston
06/03/1980   The Fastnet Enquiry David Edwards
15/10/1980   Channel Navigation Ted Jones
29/10/1980   Training Assoclation   Burnham
05/11/1980   Riddle of the Sands Bob Bowker
15/11/1980   Practical Navigation and the Electronic Calculator Basil D'Oliveira
19/11/1980   Marine Electronics John Bell
26/11/1980   Trinity House   Kennett
03/12/1980   Caribbean Holiday Peter Steddon
14/01/1981   Exercise 'Boston Sail 80' Peter Callis
21/01/1981   Lionheart and the Americas Cup John Oakeley
28/01/1981   Olympic Weather David Houghton
04/02/1981   The Westerley Way Lionel Dove-Dixon
11/02/1981   Azab 1979 Gregor Johnston
18/02/1981   Maritime Training Chris Phelan
25/02/1981   Waterways Heritage Francis Pratt
04/03/1981   Sailing Short Handed Geoff Hales
11/03/1981   Cowes Week Peter Snowden
28/10/1981   Wavepower. Mike Urwin
04/11/1981   Seagull Outboards Chris Secretan
14/11/1981   VHF Radio Keith Miller
18/11/1981   VLCC's and the Yachtsman   Machardy
25/11/1981   Outward Bound on Patriarch Stephen Riley
02/12/1981   The Admiralty Chart David Haslam
13/01/1982   Come Alongside Nigel Thomas
20/01/1982   Cowes—Gran Canaria—Antigua Rodney Hill
27/01/1982   Parmelia Race Giles Chichester
03/02/1982   Development and Care of Sails David Robinson
10/02/1982   Search and Rescue Paul Sparks
24/02/1982   First Aid on Board Frank Newton
03/03/1982   The Amazon Saga Tom Webb
10/03/1982   Marine Diesels Reg Webb
17/03/1982   Royal Ocean Racing Club Alan Green
06/10/1982   Come Alongside Geoff Tomlinson
13/10/1982   Racing Sail Development John Channon
20/10/1982   Flotilla and Bare Boat Cruising in Florida Bruce MacDonald
27/10/1982   Sea Wives Alison Noice
03/11/1982   Satellite and Decca Navigation Basil D'Oliveira
10/11/1982   Captain Baines of the Onedin Line Howard Lang
17/11/1982   Life Raft Survival Demonstration Ken Blowers
20/11/1982   Weather Forecasting for Sailors Bill Giles
24/11/1982   Cruising When it All Happens Mike Maclaurin
01/12/1982   Heavy Weather Sailing Tom Cunliffe
08/12/1982   Panel Quiz Nigel Thomas
12/01/1983   Winter Sailing in the Virgin Islands   Hewitt
19/01/1983   Task Force - South Atlantic David Hart-Dyke
26/01/1983   Mediterranean Cruising David Sadler
02/02/1983   Round Britain or Bust Geoff Hales
09/02/1983   Navigation on the Thames Alan Urwin
16/02/1983   The Mary Rose Wendel Lewis
23/02/1983   Weather Facsimile Equipment   Owen
02/03/1983   Blue Blue Water Racing Peter Philips
09/03/1983   Design of a New Cruising Yacht David Sanders
16/03/1983   Clothing for the Yachtsman and Woman Keith Musto
12/10/1983   Thames Regatta Alan Bramson
19/10/1983   Her Majesty’s Coast Guard Service   Stubbing
26/10/1983   International 14's Tom Vaughan
02/11/1983   Falklands Pilot Ewen Southby-Tailyour
09/11/1983   Ropes. Their Many Types and Recommended Uses Julian Anderson
16/11/1983   Cruising Over the Years Ewart Myer
23/11/1983   The RYA and the Thinking Yachtsman Peter Waring
30/11/1983   The Ocean Racing Bug Paul Waxman
11/01/1984   The History of the 'J' Class Ian Dear
18/01/1984   The Americas Cup: 1 - Design of Victory 83 Ian Howlett
25/01/1984   The Americas Cup: 2 - The British Contender Jim Alabaster
01/02/1984   The Design and Development of Masts and Spars lain McLuckie
08/02/1984   The RNLI and the Yachtsman Raymond Baxter
15/02/1984   Pierhead Artists of the 19th Century Stephen Riley
22/02/1984   Chartering in Danish Waters John Jarvis
29/02/1984   Long Distance Short Handed Sailing Richard Clifford
07/03/1984   Winning Races Jim Saltonstall
14/03/1984   Cruising the French Waterways Hugh McKnight
17/10/1984   Survival in Storm Conditions Graham Adams
24/10/1984   4 Months Cruise to the Mediterranean and Back Jim Cross
31/10/1984   The Tall Ships Race Howard Meacham
14/11/1984   Round the World with Bubblegum Ian Fyfe
21/11/1984   The Hillyard Boatyard Dennis Cullerforth
28/11/1984   The Freedom Yacht John Dakeley
05/12/1984   Autohelm Autopilots Derek Fawcett
16/01/1985   Royalist Geoffrey Ulrich
23/01/1985   Ostar and Quebec to St Malo Peter Phillips
30/01/1985   Sail Trimming for High Performance Iain McDonald Smith
06/02/1985   Transatlantic and Back in a Biscay 36 John Cawsey
13/02/1985   Rescue Peter Burwood
20/02/1985   Care, Use and Maintenance of Outboard Engines Chris Neville-Parry
27/02/1985   Azores and Back - the Hard Way Mike Spring
06/03/1985   Camper & Nicholsons Yachts Jeremy Lines
13/03/1985   Birds Around the Buoys Robert Gillmor
09/10/1985   Admirals Cup Rod Carr
16/10/1985   Stormalong to Denmark Peter Cumberlidge
23/10/1985   Weather Bill Giles
30/10/1985   Single-Handed - is it Safe? Desmond Hampton
06/11/1985   The Antifouling Controversy Terry Cooke
13/11/1985   The Revenue Cutters Graham Smith
20/11/1985   Cruising in the West Country Alan Miller-Williams
27/11/1985   Search, Rescue & Survival   Robins
04/12/1985   The Triangular & Round Britain Races Hugh Farrant
11/12/1985   Cast Off for Christmas Archie Annan
15/01/1986   International Cruising Rodney Hill
22/01/1986   The Barracuda 45 and Sadler Yachts Martin Sadler
29/01/1986   Pilotage - Present and Future James Mather
05/02/1986   Discovering Viking America in a British Pilot Cutter Tom Cunliffe
12/02/1986   Sail Trimming and Boat Performance Bunty King
19/02/1986   Smij Goes to Spain Archie Annan
22/02/1986   Practical Life Raft Course John Driscoll
26/02/1986   Running Chichester Harbour Ian MacKay
05/03/1986   Apricot Shows Her Stern to the French Tony Bullimore
12/03/1986   Yacht Testing Peter Milne
08/10/1986   Cruising in the Arctic Hugh Clay
29/10/1986   Cruising in the Virgin Islands John Ross
05/11/1986   Heavy Weather Sailing Errol Bruce
12/11/1986   The Three Peaks Race Kate Sankey
19/11/1986   Electronic Navigation Basil D'Oliveira
26/11/1986   Vilamoura and Return George Bastard
03/12/1986   Gallant Rig to Turkish Waters Jack Manners-Spencer
10/12/1986   Cast Off for Christmas Archie Annan
14/01/1987   Dismasted in Mid-Atlantic Brian Sismey
28/01/1987   Small Ship Radar Roy Durrant
04/02/1987   Modern Glassfibre Yachts Peter Thomas
11/02/1987   Charter in the Grenadines Hugh Try
18/02/1987   Electronic Navigation Basil D'Oliveira
25/02/1987   Boat Law David Johnston
04/03/1987   Americas Cup 1987 Barry Pickthall
11/03/1987   Modern Ocean Racing Malcolm McKeag
07/10/1987   Come Alongside Ewart Myer
14/10/1987   Solent Local Knowledge Peter Bruce
28/10/1987   The RYA and its Functions Robin Duchesne
29/10/1987   First.Aid at Sea Frank Newton
04/11/1987   Dismasted in Mid-Atlantic Brian Sismey
11/11/1987   Modern Cruising Yacht Design Bill Dixon
18/11/1987   Sailing in the Eastern Mediterranean Nigel Craine
02/12/1987   Local Weather Forcasting David Houghton
09/12/1987   An Evening of Sea-Shanties Tom Round
13/01/1988   Ocean Cruising Countdown Geoff Pack
20/01/1988   STA Lord Nelson Graham Kay
27/01/1988   Getting the Best Out of Your Sails Peter Sanders
03/02/1988   Uphill All the Way Archie Annan
10/02/1988   Which Antifouling Do We Use Now? Leslie Ryan
17/02/1988   A Cruise With a Difference- The 1987 Single-Handed AZAB George Bastard
24/02/1988   Charts- How Accurate Are They?   Page
02/03/1988   Going Dutch Hugh Try
09/03/1988   Solent and Wight Hazards Peter Bruce
05/10/1988   Square-Rig Sailing on 'Lord Nelson' Tom Round
12/10/1988   Cruise to Greenland and the Canadian Arctic Willy Kerr
19/10/1988   The Ocean-Cruising Yacht Bill Spears
26/10/1988   Campaigning an Admirals Cup Team Stuart Quarrie
02/11/1988   Francis Drake to Windward Stephen Riley
09/11/1988   Classic Sailing Passages Kitty Hampton
16/11/1988   Getting the Best Out of a Small Cruiser Charles Stock
23/11/1988   Single-Handed Race to the Caribbean and Back Howard Meacham
30/11/1988   Its Not the Boats, its the People in Them Andrew Bray
07/12/1988   Cast Off for Christmas Archie Annan
11/01/1989   Yacht Photography Keith Beken
18/01/1989   Olympic Gold at South Korea 1988 Bryn Valle
25/01/1989   The Americas Cup, 1851 to Date Ian Dear
01/02/1989   Caribbean Cruising Nigel Thomas
08/02/1989   Beneteau Boats David Tydemar
15/02/1989   Rescue at Sea Graham Hall
22/02/1989   Safety at Sea, a State of Mind John Driscoll
01/03/1989   Power Generation Eric Kingsley
08/03/1989   The French Canals Hugh McKnight
04/10/1989   Classic Sailing Passages Kitty Hampton
11/10/1989   Marine Pollution Matters - Above and Below the Waves Sally Rodgers
18/10/1989   Escaping - All at Sea and Adrift Tony Jillings
25/10/1989   Via Panama Canal to the Galapagos Hugh Farrant
01/11/1989   One Design Story David Thomas
08/11/1989   Canoes and Cruisers Stephen Riley
15/11/1989   The Dorset Coastline Peter Bruce
22/11/1989   Managing the River Hamble   Nicholl
29/11/1989   Extended Cruising   Aishe
06/12/1989   Cast Off for Christmas Tom Round
03/10/1990   The Yachting Monthly Concept Yacht Geoff Pack
24/10/1990   Right to the Bitter End Clive Roberts
31/10/1990   Palmerston's Folly Nicholas Hall
07/11/1990   With Integrity Andy Coghill
14/11/1990   Dunkirk Little Ships John Knight
17/11/1990   Weather Bill Giles
21/11/1990   The Art of Coarse Sailing Frederick Hughes
28/11/1990   Trinity House Malcolm Edge
09/01/1991   Blueprint for the Arun Class Lifeboat Stuart Wetford
16/01/1991   Two Star - Across the Atlantic Hugh Farrant
23/01/1991   Yachtmaster James Stevens
30/01/1991   Charts & Pilot Books for Yachtsmen Willie Wilson
06/02/1991   Anchors and Drogues - Facts and Myths Bernard Hayman
13/02/1991   Chance of a Lifetime Adrian Allenby
16/02/1991   Improve Your Weather Awareness David Houghton
20/02/1991   Some Thoughts for Navigation When Making a Channel Crossing Ken Burgess
27/02/1991   Fitted Out for Comfort and Efficiency Malcolm McLaren
06/03/1991   Voyage of the Lorne Leader Wolfgang Ansorge
15/03/1991   Silver Jubilee Dinner Ewen Southby-Tailyour
09/10/1991   Round the World in Maiden Nancy Hill
16/10/1991   Preparation for Extended Cruising Graham Lock
23/10/1991   Ships from 8 to 1,000 Feet Andrew Dawson
30/10/1991   North Brittany Pilotage and Passage Making Donald Beswick
06/11/1991   A Quick Sail Around the North Atlantic Robert Shepton
13/11/1991   Boat Law David Johnston
16/11/1991   Practical Liferaft Training John Driscoll
20/11/1991   The Biscay Coast of France Peter Cumberlidge
27/11/1991   Your Rig and You John Passmore
04/12/1991   Caribbean Yacht Charter Tony Newling-Ward
11/12/1991   Cast Off for Christmas Tom Round
15/01/1992   The Kiwi Magic Frederick Hughes
22/01/1992   The Three Peaks Race John Driscoll
29/01/1992   Cruising Through the French Canals David Lane
05/02/1992   Halberg Rassey, the Quality Yacht Jeff Taylor
12/02/1992   Propeller Power Simon Green
19/02/1992   Kiel and Beyond Malcolm McLaren
26/02/1992   The Queen’s Harbour Master, Portsmouth   Chestnutt
29/02/1992   Diesel Engine Care and Maintenance John Chapman
04/03/1992   British Cape Horn Kayak Expedition 1992 Nigel Dennis
11/03/1992   Columbus 500 Years Later John Hamilton
07/10/1992   Race Round the Island Peter Bruce
14/10/1992   To the North Cape and Beyond John Jarvis
21/10/1992   Tides and Water Movements in the Solent Area Jonathan Taylor
28/10/1992   An Evening of Nautical Films Alan Willmott
04/11/1992   Transatlantic Experiences Richard Clifford
11/11/1992   Admiralty Charts- an Update   Myers
14/11/1992   Flares   Redway
18/11/1992   Organising the Whitbread Race Bailey Wilmot
25/11/1992   A Centaur Odessey and Sailing Downhill to the Grenadines Roger Banks
02/12/1992   Yacht Mountaineering Gordon Wood
09/12/1992   Cast Off for Christmas Tom Round
13/01/1993   Mediterranean Cruising David Lane
20/01/1993   Electronics in Boats Matthew Walker
27/01/1993   The Yachtsman' and the Brest Classic Rally 1992 Tom Cunliffe
03/02/1993   A Very Rum Punch Alun Roberts
10/02/1993   Spring Crusader Douglas Horton
17/02/1993   Ropes, their Types and Recommended Uses Mark Durbidge
24/02/1993   Irish Waters Cruising   Nixon
03/03/1993   Pilotage in Creeks and Harbours John Goode
10/03/1993   Working Sail Leslie Morrish
06/10/1993   The Toughest Yacht Race Ever Mike Calvin
13/10/1993   High Speed Navigation for Low Speed Sailors Richard Bickford
20/10/1993   The Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) Hugh Farrant
27/10/1993   Compact Cruising Dennis Kell
03/11/1993   Around the World in Eighty Minutes Jimmy Cornell
10/11/1993   Kwenda’s Return Gordon Wood
17/11/1993   Sail Making and Sail Cloths Ivan Bole
24/11/1993   The Inshore Lifeboat Roderick James
01/12/1993   The Titanic - 80 Years of Legend David Hatchings
12/01/1994   In Turkish Waters David Lane
19/01/1994   Understanding Sea Breezes Jonathan Taylor
26/01/1994   Radar for the Average Yachtsman Tim Bartlett
02/02/1994   Arctic High - an Adventure North of 80 deg N Nick Ryley
09/02/1994   Primrose and Other Boats Valerie Fenwick
16/02/1994   A Voyage to Tristan Da Cunha Wolfgang Ansorge
23/02/1994   Our Slides Marcus Taylor
02/03/1994   The Falkland Islands Stephen Riley
09/03/1994   Seastart Toby Kilner
05/10/1994   Woman of Steel Vivian Cherry
12/10/1994   Sailing in Alaska Chris Lewis
19/10/1994   Cruising in the Great Lakes Alun Roberts
26/10/1994   Old Father Thames Neil Garside
02/11/1994   Clouds and the Weather Alan Watts
09/11/1994   In the Wake of Shackleton Trevor Potts
16/11/1994   The RNLI - a More Proactive Approach Mike Vlasto
23/11/1994   Circumnavigation 1991-1993 Keith Braint
30/11/1994   Modern Boat Paints Tom White
11/01/1995   Great Ships of the North Atlantic Peter Jackson
18/01/1995   Sea and Estuary Birds Victor Scott
25/01/1995   Six Atlantic Days in a Tinker Dinghy Geoff Hales
01/02/1995   Safe and Warm Keith Musto
08/02/1995   Sailing With the Round Britain Rally Andrew Bishop
15/02/1995   Across the Atlantic and Caribbean to Haiti and the US Coast Nick Ryley
22/02/1995   HM Customs and Exercise Update 1995 Will Robinson
01/03/1995   South Pacific Wolfgang Ansorge
08/03/1995   In Greek Waters David Lane
04/10/1995   Staying in Full Control in Unfamiliar Waters John Goode
11/10/1995   Channel Alternatives Ken Endean
18/10/1995   Conflict in Inshore Waters - Real or Imaginary?   Chestnutt
25/10/1995   Life in Nelson's Navy Brian Lavery
01/11/1995   The Frisian Islands Ted Osborn
08/11/1995   Production Boat Building in the UK Peter Thomas
15/11/1995   Round The World in Blackjack Mike Pocock
22/11/1995   Batteries on Board Eric Millett
29/11/1995   The Delta Area of Holland Stuart Bradley
10/01/1996   New Zealand Sounds Wonderful, and No! Not Turkey Again Frederick Hughes
17/01/1996   Tales of Thames Barges Richard Walsh
24/01/1996   The Craft and Creeks of the East Coast Charles Stock
31/01/1996   HMS Endurance to The Antarctic Before the Falklands War Bob Mahoney
07/02/1996   Heavy Weather Sailing Noel Dilly
14/02/1996   Hampshire Marine Police Ian Hill
21/02/1996   Circumnavigating Southern England! Chris Turner
28/02/1996   Electrolysis and Corrosion Mike Rickard
06/03/1996   Caribbean Voyage Hugh Farrant
09/03/1996   Weather for Sailing Alan Watts
09/10/1996   Testing, Testing , Testing James Jermain
16/10/1996   Radar Tim Bartlett
23/10/1996   With My Uncle Maurice Stephen Riley
30/10/1996   Legendary Fairey Marine - 50 Years On Gordon Currie
06/11/1996   The World with a Difference Robert Shepton
09/11/1996   Liferaft Demonstration Graham Gardner
13/11/1996   The Spanish Rias Gerry Elliott
20/11/1996   Single-Handed Round Britain at 18 Ellen MacArthur
27/11/1996   Rusting Through and Dropping Off Mike Rickard
04/12/1996   Oriental Spice Alun Roberts
08/01/1997   Sail North from Plymouth David Lane
15/01/1997   J Class Yachts Rosemary Joy
22/01/1997   Experiences up to 1949 Peter Newman
29/01/1997   Sea Tales from the Greek Islands in Time of War. Adrian Seligman
05/02/1997   The 1992/3 British Steel & 1996/7 BT Global Challenge. Michael Kay
12/02/1997   Cruise to Scotland. Peter Bruce
19/02/1997   Olympic Silver, Savannah 1996 Ian Walker
26/02/1997   Home from Russia Via the Former Eastern Baltic States David Wood
05/03/1997   Basic First Aid for Yachtsmen Jean Andrews
08/10/1997   Mary Rose Edward Sutton
15/10/1997   Sailing East by South to Holland Gordon Wood
22/10/1997   Cruising in Brittany Peter Cumberlidge
29/10/1997   Trinidad & Tobago Regatta Week Peter Poland
05/11/1997   Greenland and High Latitude sailing. Willy Kerr
12/11/1997   Round Britain Cruise Jeff Thatcher
19/11/1997   Trials and Tribulations of a circumnavigation Clive Roberts
22/11/1997   Diesel Engine Course John Chapman
26/11/1997   Meandering Around The Greek Islands With Sailing Holidays Ltd Barrie Neilson
29/11/1997   VHF Course and exam   Thomas
03/12/1997   Coping with adverse conditions James Stevens
07/01/1998   Episodes From The Days of Sail Adrian Seligman
14/01/1998   Desiderata Cruises From Lyminoton To Majorca Frank O'Connell
21/01/1998   Yacht Brokerage Patrick Boyd
28/01/1998   Florida To Cape Cod David Wood
04/02/1998   Boat Law David Johnston
11/02/1998   An Up-Date of Marine Electronics Keith Miller
18/02/1998   Sails Mike Batt
25/02/1998   Safety At Sea Peter Bradley
28/02/1998   Practical Rope & Braid Work Alan Banton
04/03/1998   Coming Home? David Lane
07/10/1998   A Stopping Trip Across the South Pacific Dick Allan
14/10/1998   Thames Traditional Boats Colin Henwood
21/10/1998   Alone Across the Atlantic - at 21. Ellen MacArthur
28/10/1998   Desiderata Cruises Home Frank O'Connell
11/11/1998   Racing Round the World. Paul Clark
18/11/1998   The Two R's of Sailing - Reefing and Rigging. Andy Cassell
25/11/1998   French Affairs John Pell
02/12/1998   Advanced Cruising and Boat Handling Techniques. James Stevens
06/01/1999   The Ups and Downs of Ocean Racing John Chittenden
13/01/1999   Ferry to the Falklands Chris Clarke
20/01/1999   The Whitbread on Brunel Synergie Stuart Quarrie
27/01/1999   History Beneath the Sea Brian Sparks
03/02/1999   First Aid at Sea Robert Hadley
10/02/1999   A Tribute to Britannia John Godfrey
17/02/1999   Around the World the Wrong Way Glyn Hughes
24/02/1999   Owl to Ireland Peter Bruce
03/03/1999   Flying Boats in the Solent John Godfrey
10/03/1999   Alone Across the Atlantic - Again! Ellen MacArthur
06/10/1999   A Cruise Around Britain Ken Shaw
13/10/1999   Current Charting Jeremy Davies-Webb
20/10/1999   A Whole Heap of Junk Lynda Chidell
23/10/1999   Life Raft Special Graham Gardner
27/10/1999   Cruising Around Denmark Andrew Walker
03/11/1999   Greenland 1998 - In the Steps of Tilman Robert Shepton
10/11/1999   From Conception to Berth David Marsh
17/11/1999   The Mystery of Napoleon's Death Solved! Wolfgang Ansorge
24/11/1999   The Wind is Free Noel Dilly
01/12/1999   The Right Boat for the Right Job James Jermain
12/01/2000   Blue Water Preparation Dick Allan
19/01/2000   From Limpets to Leviathans Vicki Billings
26/01/2000   Nordic Saga Barry Meacham
02/02/2000   China Cruise David Lane
09/02/2000   The Stupidity of Youth. Peter Poland
16/02/2000   World Wayfaring. Frank Dye
23/02/2000   RNLI Sea Check. Guy Addington
01/03/2000   View From the Bridge. Chris Clarke
08/03/2000   The Matthew David Alan-Williams
04/10/2000   Cruising Chile John Garey
11/10/2000   Mud in the Blood Colin Jarman
25/10/2000   Testing Times on Yachts David Harding
08/11/2000   Narrowboat from Lechlade to Limehouse Richard Poad
22/11/2000   Rope Yarns Des Pawson
29/11/2000   New Gadgetry. Jolyon Martin
17/01/2001   Cruising Cuba and the West Caribbean Mike Manzoni
24/01/2001   Vibration & Noise Suppression John Grazebrook
31/01/2001   Real Rescues Tony Glaze
07/02/2001   Life of Arthur Ransome Brian Hammett
14/02/2001   Celtic Voyage George Lipscomb
21/02/2001   Rigging for Single and Short-Handed Sailing John Passmore
28/02/2001   Seeking Scenery, Seclusion and Single Malts! Peter Poole
07/03/2001   Sydney 2000 Olympic Yachting John Derbyshire
03/10/2001   Never Again! Paul Covell
10/10/2001   Cowes Week - Successes and Failures Stuart Quarrie
17/10/2001   Cruising the Black Sea Jasper Scovill
24/10/2001   Yachtmaster Tutorial Tales Michael Hindley
31/10/2001   Baltic Cruise Brian Hammett
07/11/2001   Hands-on Radar Reg Suter
14/11/2001   Caribbean Crulslng - Members' Tales Alun Roberts
21/11/2001   Marine Life of Southeast England Lisa Browning
28/11/2001   A Decade of Progress Chris Coburn
09/01/2002   Voyage Round East Anglia Robert Simper
16/01/2002   Weather Forecasting for Yachting in the New Millennium Alan Sills
23/01/2002   Round Spain and Portugal to the Mediterranean Andrew Walker
30/01/2002   Get-You-Home Techniques Pat Manley
06/02/2002   The J Class Yachts David Pitman
13/02/2002   Extended Cruising in a Live-Aboard Wayfarer Dennis Kell
20/02/2002   Going Dutch Reg Hadwen
27/02/2002   Sailing the Square-Rigger, Sta ‘Stavros S Niarchos’ Ian Crookall
06/03/2002   Baltic Cruise to Russla and Beyond Ray Glaister
02/10/2002   Lowestoft Lifeboat Bert Coleman
09/10/2002   Restoring and Sailing "Guide Me" Judy Brickhill
16/10/2002   Sea Birds’ Secret Lives Victor Scott
23/10/2002   Sailing in the World’s Largest Square Rigged Ship Michael Locke
30/10/2002   From Competent Crew to Yachtmaster (and Much More) James Stevens
06/11/2002   Getting the Best from Your Sails Ivan Bole
13/11/2002   Sailing, Climbing and Ski Mountaineering in Greenland Robert Shepton
20/11/2002   Cruising the Pacific Society Islands Nigel Thomas
27/11/2002   Pacific Highlights David Pirie
08/01/2003   A Second Year of the Voyage of a Lifetime Andrew Walker
15/01/2003   Beautiful Azores George Lipscomb
22/01/2003   Classic and Other Interesting Boats Kathy Mansfield
29/01/2003   Understanding Boat Electrics Pat Manley
05/02/2003   Voyage to Gambia Eleanor Timms
12/02/2003   French Biscay Peter Poole
19/02/2003   Maritime Flags and Etiquette Bruce Nicholls
26/02/2003   Cruise Croatia David Lane
05/03/2003   'Shindig' at Sea Andrew Simpson
08/10/2003   Practical Boat Owner Jake Kavanagh
15/10/2003   Navigating with Modern Technology Simon Fraser
22/10/2003   Rescued at Sea Nick Harper
29/10/2003   The Ubiquitous Crew Pauline Duart
05/11/2003   Building a Hunter 31 Ian Cox
12/11/2003   Round the World with a Difference Robert Shepton
15/11/2003   GMDSS Practical Course Alison Noice
19/11/2003   Getting the Best from Your Radar Ron Davies
26/11/2003   A New Look at the Battle of Trafalgar Richard Woodman
03/12/2003   Cruising the Outer Hebrides Alec McPherson
07/01/2004   A Third Year into the Voyage of a Lifetime Andrew Walker
14/01/2004   Optimist Goes North Michael Allan
21/01/2004   Septuagenarian Crosses Atlantic Single Handed Eleanor Timms
28/01/2004   Passage Making Using Weather Forecasts Frank Singleton
04/02/2004   Ten Days Before the Mast Paul Covell
11/02/2004   Palmerston Follies Bruce Nicholls
18/02/2004   Goblin Returns to Flushing Bryan Bonser
21/02/2004   First Aid Practical Course Peter Pocock
25/02/2004   The Road to Mandalay David Lane
03/03/2004   Navigation Made Easy Linda Waugh
10/03/2004   AGM, followed by Building a Mariners Library Rod Paton
13/03/2004   Annual Dinner David Pitman
06/10/2004   A Journey to Spain and Portugal Peter Poole
13/10/2004   A Land of Snow and Ice David Lane
20/10/2004   Sweden's Secret Shore Graham Cattell
27/10/2004   Disaster and Opportunity Leslie Morrish
03/11/2004   Seabed types; their formation and stability. Brian D'Olier
10/11/2004   Sailing without Legs Ted Palmer
13/11/2004   Navigation made easy Linda Waugh
17/11/2004   A Day Out Down South Nigel King
24/11/2004   Let the wrecks of others be your Seamarks Richard Woodman
01/12/2004   Caribbean to Cape Cod Alec McPherson
05/01/2005   A Journey Northwards Via the Irish Sea George Lipscomb
12/01/2005   Sea Britain 2005 Stephen Riley
19/01/2005   Back to Basics and Valsheda vs. Ranger David Pitman
26/01/2005   Ring Around the Isle of Mull Kathy Mansfield
09/02/2005   From Longitude by Pocket Watch to PC Based Plotter Tom Cunliffe
16/02/2005   Cruising Kattegat to Skagerrak Dennis Kell
19/02/2005   Radar Alison Noice
23/02/2005   From Cook to Computers Tony Wooldridge
02/03/2005   Cruising to the Lofoten Islands John Duff
09/03/2005   AGM, followed by Cruising Styles 65 Years Ago Michael Goffe
12/03/2005   Annual Dinner Alan Priddy
05/10/2005   Windfarms, the ICC and Electronic Navigation Simon Jinks
12/10/2005   East Coast Sailing - Southwold to Southend Charles Stock
19/10/2005   A Tour of Ireland and the Creation of a Digital Log Graham Rabbitts
02/11/2005   A Nice Cup of Tea John Fishe
09/11/2005   The Exploits of Stokey Woodhall and the Atlantic Islands Stokey Woodhall
23/11/2005   Beating Wrinkles - Not Just a Salty Dog Tale Stephanie Sutton
30/11/2005   The River Thames Society Colin Reynolds
11/01/2006   Vagabond's Circumpolar Navigation Eric Brossier
18/01/2006   Roundabout the Mediterranean Britta Bahr
25/01/2006   Birds of the Solent and Isle of Wight Ann Farrar
01/02/2006   My Love Affair with Nancy Bryan Bonser
08/02/2006   Travelling the European Inland Waterways Ken Shaw
15/02/2006   Marine Electrics James Hortop
22/02/2006   Great Maritime Festivals of Brest and Douarnenez Kathy Mansfield
01/03/2006   West Coast of Ireland Peter Poole
08/03/2006   Turkey for Christmas Andrew Walker
15/03/2006   AGM and the Falkirk Wheel William Munnoch
25/03/2006   Ruby Annual Dinner Nigel King
04/10/2006   Channel Islands and North Brittany Peter Cumberlidge
11/10/2006   Mary Rose (substitute speaker) Edward Sutton
18/10/2006   2004/2005 Global Challenge - Imagine it Done. Sian Hankinson
01/11/2006   The Adventures of the ARC Chris Monahan
08/11/2006   The Extraordinary Voyages of Captain James Cook Paul Covell
15/11/2006   Triumph & Tragedy - Tales from Arctic Greenland Robert Shepton
09/12/2006   Boat Electrics Pat Manley
22/11/2006   CSS Alabama 1862 - 1864 Davina Watson
29/11/2006   30 Years Before the Mast Wolfgang Ansorge

 

 

Summer Season 2015

 

Folly Inn Rally 12th September

We had an enjoyable double meeting at Yarmouth on the Friday and then at the Folly Inn on Saturday.

Some of us even worked in a visit to the Southampton Boat Show in the same weekend. See Events for details.

 

Saturday 4th July

Littlehampton Rally (3-5 July)

Littlehampton Quay

Sailing to enter Littlehampton required careful timing.

The rally was a great success, including the belly-dancing (a first at GXSA rallies!...)

Click here for the full report and photos

 

 

Gins Farm Rally (Beaulieu) (9-10 May)Saturday 9th May

Gins Farm, Beaulieu

 

The summer sailing programme began at Gins Farm on 9th May.

See Events section for more details of this rally.

 

 

 

The Ruby Cup (2015)

The Ruby Cup is awarded to the person who has contributed most to encourage, promote or inspire others to participate in boating.  This year we have elected to award the Ruby Cup to Michael Goffe, a long-standing member of GXSA.

The Peter Batterley Trophy for Photo Journalism – 2015 Award2015 JohnRugg Receives the Peter Batterley Trophy from StuartGaunt (Chairman)

This year GXSA launched a new prize sponsored by one of our founder members.  GXSA members were invited to write an article (with photographs), and the membership was asked to choose their favourite, by means of a popular vote conducted on the GXSA website.

We are pleased to announce that the Peter Batterley Trophy for Photo-Journalism was awarded in its first year to John Rugg, who composed an essay about Family Holidays to Coniston Water in the Lake District

Photo: JohnRugg (left) receives the Peter Batterley Trophy from StuartGaunt (Chairman, right)

The Bob Gammack Trophy (2015)

The trophy is awarded for exceptional effort on behalf of the association

Roger Knight has been a member of GXSA for many years and Treasurer for the last nine (2006 – 2015), but this year sees him retiring from the Committee.

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Meet Your Committee

Hre are a few words about each of the committee members, and their contact details should you wish to get involved.

You will see that there are currently several vacancies, which means that each Committee Member is working harder than normal.  Please volunteer, if you are physically able to do so.

 

Previous members of the Committee

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