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. 



Wednesday 4th December

Stuart Anderson

Historic Yachts and National Historic Ships UK


Gypsy Moth IV

What does it take for a historic vessel to make it on to the National Register of Historic Vessels and its associated registers? Stuart will tell the stories of some of the sailing vessels on the register, including Gypsy Moth IV and Maidie. In the second half he will describe the Traditional Seafarer route of the Shipshape Heritage Training Partnership, in which trainees at partner sites around the UK learn the on-board specialist skills required for operating and maintaining historic sailing vessels, including a short film illustrating how these skills are passed on.


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.