The association was formed in 1965 and has around 180 members. Their maritime interests are extensive and relate to anything that floats of various genre, the related technology, history, places of interest and world wide destinations. Members may actively cruise, race, charter or simply potter on the river - others mostly enjoy the camaraderie of the weekly talks and social events.
Meetings are held during the Autumn and Spring on Wednesday evenings at the Memorial Centre in Gerrards Cross. The large modern hall and bar opens at 7.30pm to enable members and guests to meet informally before and after the meetings. Typical attendances are between 70 and 90. Visitors are very welcome.
Each meeting is normally an illustrated talk presented either by an invited professional speaker or member. Topics are wide ranging and amongst others include yacht cruising, seamanship, navigation, meteorology and environmental issues. Past programmes can be seen on the programme page.
These are either outings to a relevant place of interest or whole day instructional courses on topics such as radar, electrical and engine maintenance, sea survival and first aid. Some events are linked to RYA certification schemes and there are usually one or two each season.
Social and Sailing Programme
In addition to the weekly winter meetings, the "Social and sailing programme" includes summer weekend rallies, usually one longer cruise in company and an annual dinner. The association facilitates contact between skippers looking for crew and members seeking crewing experience.
GXSA is run by Officers and a Committee, who are all elected each year at the Annual General Meeting in March.
For the 2017-18 year these are:
Chairman - Bernie Smallman
Vice Chairman -
Treasurer - Michael Allan
Secretary - Martin Goodchild
Committee Members - James Burkitt, Nick Lemon, Paul Farrell, Dave Harrop, Geoff Matthews