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 )

Circle Line - Book cover
Steffan is foremost a sailor, yet masquerades as a journalist. He has written for national newspapers, a number of established marine titles, and is currently news editor of Classic Boat magazine. 'The Circle Line' is his first book.

In 2009, Steffan circumnavigated London in a small 15' sailing and rowing dinghy - a Swallow boats Storm design. His experiences were delightful, his observations packed with insight. His talk will unveil the story of his ten day voyage with wry humour and wonderful detail.

This, the opening meeting of our autumn programme has much for all the family. Do come along, catch up with your friends, meet Steffan and have a wonderful evening. 



Steffan Meyric Hughes

The Circle Line Around London in a small boat

Classic boat Magazine


Graham Horn 
    "Portsmouth and Southampton " - A Maritime Contrast


Spice Island

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.

Liner Quay





A great evening for all

Colston Hall 19:45 for 20:15 BST

Guests and visitors welcome (£5)


Discover Southampton

Discover Portsmouth



Autumn Programme

GXSA Autumn Programme

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.


Gordon Harold - Sailing Around the UK - Against the Clock

Gordon HaroldGXSA 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.