SOUTHAMPTON BOAT SHOW 15th – 24th SEPTEMBER 2017
GXSA : DISCOUNTED TICKET OFFER from John Goode
USING PROMOTIONAL CODE
Buy between 1 and 5 tickets at £12.00 each – and get a FREE ticket with each purchased ticket
- Tickets are valid ANY DAY including Preview Day on Friday 15th September.
- Tickets can be ordered up to MIDNIGHT on Thursday 14th September.
- Youngsters 15 years or under go free (up to two per accompanying adult) provided tickets for them are requested when ordering adult tickets.
- A single transaction fee of £1.95 applies whether ordering one or more tickets.
- Tickets are only available as ‘Print at Home’ via the Southampton Boat Show website.
WEBSITE BOOKING PROCEDURE
- Click on BUY TICKETS at top/right of homepage.
- Click on BUY NOW in the boxed-out section..... ‘Entry Tickets Only / Any Day flexible tickets’.
- Enter and submit Promotional Code JG1. This will bring up the ticket ordering sequence which is straightforward to follow.
- You may be asked to select the day you expect to visit. This is merely to help the organiser predict visitor numbers for logistical purposes. The tickets you receive will be valid for ANY single day including Preview Day.
Terms & Conditions – these apply to John Goode Promotional Tickets only.
This offer is only available to persons contacted or made aware of the offer via John Goode (individually referred to as an “Eligible Person”). An Eligible Person will be provided with a code which must be entered into the Show ticketing website and will entitle them to one Standard ticket at a discounted rate of £12.00. A transaction fee of £1.95 will be applied to all purchased tickets, which shall apply per transaction and not per ticket. Upon purchasing a discounted ticket under clause 61, an Eligible Person will receive this ticket via email and will also receive one free Standard ticket via email. An Eligible Person is entitled to purchase up to five discounted Standard tickets (with a matching amount of free Standard tickets) only via this offer. The Organiser reserves the right to cancel and/or void any tickets (whether discounted or free) obtained in excess of this under this offer. Free and discounted tickets under this offer will be valid on any one day between the 15th September 2017 and 24th September 2017. Purchasing and/or presentation of a ticket (whether free or discounted) under this offer for Show admission is subject to the terms and conditions for i) General Ticket Purchases and ii) John Goode Promotional Tickets. In the event of a conflict between these terms, the precedence shall be: i) John Goode Promotional Tickets terms and conditions; and ii) General Ticket Purchases terms and conditions. Tickets will not be sent by post. Tickets will be sent via email and must be printed and provided at the Show on the day of intended admission. Tickets are valid for one admission only. Upon exit from the Show visitors will not be re-admitted. The Organiser reserves the right to amend or remove this offer at any time. Subject to clause 69, this offer is available whilst stocks last, but will in any event shall close at 23.59pm on September 14th 2017. This offer is not available on the gate. This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. Tickets (whether free or purchased) cannot be exchanged, or transferred, nor may they be resold for commercial gain. The face value of a free ticket is £0.00. Full terms and conditions here http://southamptonboatshow.com/Visiting/Terms-and-Conditions/Visitor-Terms-and-Conditions
GXSA Day Trip to North Sails, Fareham
By Stuart Gaunt
Timeline: 10th March 2017
Another pleasant day drip for the GXSA membership, ably organized by our Chairman, Bernie Smallman.
In this article I’m going to cover the Day Trip, and provide some interesting educational articles about Sail Trimming that we can all use to improve our technique, and make our sails last longer.
North Sails are one of the world’s leading sail makers, with many significant racing crews and events amongst their customers. North make the sails for America’s Cup, Volvo Round the World Race, and many One-Design Dinghy classes, together with fitting out many of the individual yachts entered into global yacht races, such as Antigua Week, Sydney-Hobart, and Cowes Week races. Also, 80% of their business is making, repairing, and renovating sails for cruising boats, like you and I sail every weekend. North are very proud of their sails, and their website contains lots of educational tips about how to get the most out of your sails, by tuning each of the strings that you probably hardly ever touch!
Several GXSA members are regular, and occasional North Sails customers, which led us to persuade David Swete of North Sails to host a trip around their new sail loft facility in Fareham, followed by a detour to Portsmouth and up the Spinnaker Tower to see the view over Portsmouth, Gosport, and the Isle of Wight.
If you currently have sails, that are getting a bit old and baggy, North reckon that there is a good chance that they can renovate them by re-cutting. They suggest that you send photos of your sails, “at‑work” to their experts who will be able advise the optimal way forward. Just contact North Sails in Fareham to get the ball rolling (023 9252 5588).
There are several general groups of sails in use today, made from a very limited number of materials, with varying properties – the choice is yours, and depends on the depth of your pockets!:
Materials (Brand-names in brackets)
All sails are a compromise of these features and materials.
There have been a variety of materials used in sailmaking over the years. The chart shows some of the properties:
North have been building 3D laminate sails for 25 years, and they claim that their new(ish) 3Di technology is 25 years ahead of any competitor’s product. They reckon that 3Di is a market-beater, so watch this space (spoiler alert: I bought some – currently awaiting delivery; March 2018).
Here some links to North Sails training resources that you might find useful:
There are lots more guides on the North Education website.
Tour of the Sail Loft
The day started with a 9am (early for some) departure from Gerrards Cross on a very comfortable Heyfordian coach. At 10:30 we arrived at an un-presupposing industrial unit on Fareham Industial Estate, for refreshments in the staff canteen, and use of the facilities, before the tour began.
Our first stop was their huge sail-making table – North believe that there are only 2 like this in Europe.
Imagine that you have a sail from a 15m mast (which isn’t that big, really). That equates to a huge piece of fabric. Traditionally, this has meant manually dragging the sail across the floor and through the sewing machine, with lots of room for error when the sewing machine stitches the fabric.
On the North system, the fabric stays still, and the person/sewing machine move on a conveyor belt that is geared to the feed-rate of the fabric through the machine, so each stitch is exactly the right size and tension for the fabric being sewn.
For curved seams (eg. Around tack, clew, or head) they have a moving sewing machine that moves on an arc, again geared to the speed of the machine, making perfect stitches.
Then we moved to the main sail-making table. This looked to be the size of a football field, and filled the warehouse. I’m not sure what is the biggest sail they could cope with, but there were TWO sails from 100ft yachts on the table at the same time, and LOTS of room to spare.
Frankly, this is where the Sail Sales bit took over, as we got to touch/examine/caress/fondle an example of the North 3Di Nordac cruising sails. These are custom built from polyester (dacron) on a mold to a perfect aerofoil shape, with the fabric-thickness depending on the stress/load for each specific area of the sail (North believe that these are the cruising sails of the future). Here’s a YouTube video about how 3Di sails are made. The effect on the GXSA tourists was quite bewildering, as we all felt the fabric, jaws open, and tongues hanging out.
The effect was mesmerizing, but we needed lunch.
After some sandwiches and cake, David Swete gave us a presentation (and a nice red baseball cap). As well as a North Sails Salesman, David is an international yachtsman from New Zealand. His role is usually sail-trimmer, so he really knows about sails, with a pretty impressive CV:
- 2 x Volvo Round the World races
- 2009 World Match Racing Champion
- Held the ISAF World Number 1 position for over a year
- Won 5 World Tour Events
- Has taken part in 3 Sydney to Hobart races
Dave gave us an insight into what it’s like to be a long-distance racing sailor. With each race-leg being typically 25 days away from home, it’s not necessarily something for a person with a young family…or for somebody who likes their bed!! 4 hours on-watch, 4 hours off-watch (if you're lucky), hot bunking, cramped conditions.
It was a very interesting talk….and we got a hat !!!
After a short coach trip to the other side of the harbour we arrived at Gunwharf Quays Shopping Centre in Portsmouth (now, that’s a day trip in itself for shopaholics), where the Spinnaker Tower is located.
The tower was opened in 2005 to celebrate the millennium in 2000 (yes, I know…there were lots of financial issues to overcome). It’s 170m tall, and gives a fantastic view over the harbour and surrounding area. The internal lift takes 30 seconds to go 100m to the first observation deck, and there are another 60 steps to the top-level observation deck. Surprisingly, there’s not much sense of vertigo, unless you choose to stand on the glass plate where you can see all the way to the ground, beneath your feet – it’s just like flying (but not necessarily my thing…so no picture!)
On a good day, you can see over 35 miles, but today we could only just make out Ryde on the Isle of Wight, but the view was still pretty impressive, as you can see from the collection of pictures, below.
Everyone had a great day out. The coach trip provides an excellent opportunity to chat with friends, and GXSA day trips are a fantastic opportunity to renew and make new friends.
Come along on the next day trip. You'll have a great time!!
Thanks Bernie, Dave, and North Sails. We had a great day out.
Saturday Special - 10th March 2018
Visit to North Sails and Gunwharf Quay
The coach will depart from Gerrards Cross Memorial Centre at 09:00 to travel to North Sails (Gosport), where we will have a tour of the sail loft. Everything from dinghy sails to sails for superyachts is made here. There will then be a light lunch (included) and a talk by North Sails about Volvo racing and the design of your sails.
Following this we will go to Gunwharf Quay, where we can go up 100m in the air to see amazing views of Portsmouth harbour from the Spinnaker Tower (weather permitting), sit in a pub or go shopping in the Outlet stores.
The cost is £20.00 per person. The cost of going up the Spinnaker Tower will be extra, since it is dependent on weather.
Minimum number for the trip is 20, for North Sails. Please book early to avoid disappointment (closing date is 28th February)
If we have more than 15 definites for the Spinnaker Tower, regardless of the weather, a group booking at reduced prices will be possible at £7.45 for seniors, £8.35 for adults.
Alternatively you can pay for the Spinnaker Tower independently - it costs £11.00 on the day or (if you book online the day before) £9.00 for seniors, £9.90 for adults.
Closing date for bookings and payment is 28th February.
Annual Dinner and Awards Presentations
GXSA Events that happened in 2016
Events that have happened (or will happen) in 2014
Rallies, and other events in 2013
Events and Socials that happened in 2012