Spring 2011

World Cruising Destinations - Jimmy Cornell

Distinguished sailor and author Jimmy Cornell has completed ocean passages in all parts of the world including the Antarctic and the Pacific, illustrated in his new book entitled World Cruising Today. Excellent pictures and fine sailing.

An Atlantic Crossing - Ray Bridges

Our vice chairman, Ray was sailing dinghies until just a few years ago. In spring 2010 he sailed Sonar, his Island Packet 440 to the Caribbean and will describe the voyage and the warm cruising grounds he has explored there. A good talk for a January evening.

Around the World - Rory McDougall

Rory's Wharram Tiki 21 is the smallest multihull to circumnavigate the world at just 21ft in length. With no engine and navigating by sextant and compass, the voyage was a wonderful discovery of islands, nature and cultures, all experienced in a simple and non-intrusive way.

The RNLI : An insider's View - Paul Boissier

What is 186 years old, costs £380,000 a day to run, builds boats and saves a life a day? Find out from the RNLI's Chief Executive, who once qualified as a brewer of Guinness and then went round the world in a submarine.

How to Write a Sea Story - Sam Llewellyn

Author of many novels, accomplished sailor and frequent columnist in sailing magazines, Sam returns to entertain us with his humorous insight on all matters maritime. He believes that telling stories is the summit of human achievement and will convince you with this talk.

Europe's Waterways: Down the Danube 
Philip and Phyl Cook

Philip "&" Phyl designed and managed the building of their 21m motor boat, Zingara, which they took on inland European waterways from France to Romania, travelling on the Rhine, Main and Danube. They returned via the Mediterranean in 2009.

Cruising the Western Isles
David Horn and Rob Johnstone

GXSA members David and John explored the Hebrides and St Kilda in the summer of 2010. Fine pictures, good stories and helpful sailing advice about this excellent cruising area will convince you to visit.

Sailing the North Aegean Sea
Karin and Andrew Wilkinson

Mediterranean experts and former GXSA members, Karen and Andrew describe their recent voyage exploring the Northern Aegean islands and changes on the sailing front that they have seen in the Mediterranean in the past 10 years.

Jester Challenge 2010 - John Apps

This was John's third Jester Challenge, a biannual single handed trans-Atlantic event for yachts under 30 ft in length. Sailing his UFO 27 "Glayva" he completed the crossing to Newport, Rhode Island in 50 days and was presented with the Newport Medal in recognition of his achievement.

45th Annual Dinner at Buckinghamshire Golf Club, Denham


Spring 2012

Navigation: From Galileo to Galileo – Jeremy Batch

Which prehistoric navigational device played a vital part in the moon landings? How did Deptford Sailing Club get put in charge of pilotage and buoyage? How did submarine USS Skate find Ice Station Alpha, when the "station" had no idea where it was? All this and more in Jeremy’s usual entertaining style.

Sydney to Hobart Race 2006 – Charles Sandison

A Father and Sons race “down under”. Charles will explain the history of the race and his preparations in the UK, together with the build up in Sydney and the race itself.

Cruising to Norway and the Arctic Circle 
James & Carol Littlewood

During 2011 James and Carol sailed from Harwich to the Arctic Circle and back in their Moody Eclipse, Paddington IV. Their many adventures included responding to a Pan Pan relay off Narvik, cycling down mountains and powering up a 6400 horsepower fast ferry.

Recent Marine Science Discoveries – Anna Hickman

From ocean conveyor belts to the origins of life on Earth: Anna Hickman, research fellow from the University of Southampton and the Challenger Society for Marine Science, will explain research and discovery at the cutting edge of marine science.

The Last Blue Water Rally – John Hazell

John and his boat Fai Tira took part in the last Blue Water Rally, a round-the-world rally specifically for cruising sailors. He will talk about his near circumnavigation, the many problems overcome and the final difficulties due to the pirates in the Indian Ocean.

Racing and RORC – Peter Rutter

Are all racing men mad?? Former Commodore of the Royal Ocean Racing Club and winner of the 2011 IRC National Championship title, Peter Rutter tells how he has run a series of successful racing boats, won many races and the role of RORC.

Admiral Robert Fitzroy, first Head of the Met Office 
Gordon Tripp

Famous as the man who sailed Charles Darwin round the world, what more do we know about this remarkable Victorian and sailor who also did pioneering work on weather forecasting.

Scilly Pleasures and Precautions – Ken Endean

Everybody wants to visit the Isles of Scilly: Ken returns to tell us how to navigate around and between the islands, how to stay safe when the weather is bad and how to enjoy ourselves when the weather is good.

Sailing Atlantic and Pacific – Bob Hazell

Bob & Elaine Hazell left the UK in 2008 to realise a life’s ambition. Here they recall the last 9 months fantastic experience of their South Pacific Crossing from the Panama Canal to New Zealand, and visiting many of the stunning islands en route.

AGM : followed by 
The Creation of the Bell Rock Lighthouse 1807–11 
Roland Paxton

Professor Roland Paxton of Heriot-Watt University and the Institution of Civil Engineers’ Panel for Historical Engineering Works will tell us how this wonder of the industrial world was achieved on a rock up to 5 metres below high water and 11 miles out to sea.