Programme Autumn 2019

Talks begin at 8.15pm, bar and coffee open from 7.30pm

Wednesday October 9th

David Bray

Antarctic Antics

David is a retired Master Mariner and an expert in dynamic positioning of vessels. He will tell us about his experiences working as Navigating Officer in the research vessel RRS “John Biscoe” in Antarctica during the 1970s. At that time, the technology was more akin to that of Shackleton and Scott than to the 21st century. He will tell us about Antarctica from the standpoint of operating a ship, including some of the more humorous episodes.  More details

Wednesday October 16th

Julian and Alison Cable

Sailing in Robinetta

Robinetta is a 22’6” gaff rigged wooden yacht launched in 1937 and designed for sailing the Irish Sea and Inner Hebrides.  Julian and Alison bought her in 2007 and will share their experiences cruising in this small but well-found boat, focussing on their 2016 circumnavigation of Ireland, illustrating their talk with photographs of the stunning coastline of this beautiful country.  More details

Wednesday October 23rd

Peter Ketley

Grandads Across the Atlantic

Grandads Neil Young and Peter Ketley completed their row from Canaries to Antigua in February 2019. It took 63 days and 22 minutes, giving them the world record for the oldest pair to row across any ocean, with a combined age of 123 years (at the start...). Both had previously served in the Parachute Regiment and they raised substantial donations for veterans charities.  More details

Wednesday October 30th

Nigel Barraclough

John Rea and the Northwest Passage

The North West passage in the Arctic North of Canada - a fabled alternative route to the East, which has long been the subject of controversy. There were several unfounded claims of success and more importantly the true “discoverer” was vilified and never given the proper credit by the Establishment.  Nigel will talk about the history and one of the (conveniently) forgotten heroes of Arctic exploration.  More details

Wednesday November 6th

Nikki Henderson 

Maiden and other Adventures

Nikki Henderson became the youngest ever skipper on the Clipper Race, bringing her boat in second overall in the 2017 - 18 race. She then went on to skipper the renovated Maiden from the UK  to Sri Lanka as part of the Tracy Edwards mission to empower and educate girls as a human right and was presented this year with the Yachting Journalists’ Association Yachtsman of the Year award for 2018. She will talk about these and even more amazing experiences.   More details

Wednesday November 13th

Duncan Wells

Stress-free Navigation 

Following on from his successful Stress-free Sailing book and Life Saver MOB retrieval aid, local sailing instructor and author Duncan Wells extends his simple but clever approach to give us Stress-free Navigation. Plenty of amusing stories and entertainment but also valuable lessons for us all to learn.  More details

Wednesday November 20th

Colin Wilson

A Beginner's Guide to the Baltic

The Baltic - arguably one of the best cruising areas in the world – and it’s almost on our doorstep. Why visit, what might you find, how can you get there, how do we get back home again, what about language, isn’t it expensive? GXSA members Colin and Tricia discovered the answers to these and many other questions during two seasons dipping their toes in Baltic waters.  More details

Wednesday November 27th

Mike Austin

Voyage of Liberdade

The original Liberdade was sailed by Joshua Slocum and his family from Brazil to the USA in the late 19th century after Slocum's first boat was damaged in a storm. Mike will tell us about how a replica Liberdade boat was built by David Sinnett-Jones and then how in 2000 Mike and David sailed it from Antigua to Norfolk, Virginia with yet more dramatic events on the voyage.   More details

Wednesday December 4th

Stuart Anderson

Historic Yachts and National Historic Ships UK

What does it take for a historic vessel to make it on to the National Register of Historic Vessels? Stuart will tell the stories of some of the sailing vessels, including Gypsy Moth IV and Maidie. He will also explain the Shipshape Heritage Partnership Traditional Seafarer training for specialist skills required in operating and maintaining historic sailing vessels, with a short film illustrating how these skills are passed on.  More details

Wednesday December 11th

Cast Off for Christmas

Members and their guests will enjoy  short presentations about sailing incidents, photo competition, quiz and festive entertainment, all accompanied by snacks and mulled wine. Bring your best pictures of the year for the photo competition, which will be in Boats and Sailing, Scenic and Humorous categories; please make prints no larger than A5. Photos will not be accepted by email this year.