Programme Autumn 2014

October 8th

Tom Cunliffe

Pilot Cutters Under Sail

Pilot cutters were amongst the most seaworthy and beautiful craft ever built. Distinguished yachtsman Tom Cunliffe explains what brought them such an enviable reputation.  More details

October 15th

John Franklin

St Peter's to Saint Pierre

Commodore of the OCC and GXSA member, John will tell us about recent cruising with his wife Jenny in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland in their yacht, Al Shaheen.  More details

October 22nd

Bill Cumming

Scottish Clippers

Maritime historian Bill Cumming describes the development of these fast trading merchant ships built in Scotland from the late 18th century.       More details

October  29th

Jonathan Lewis

Around the UK in the motor boat Gralian.

Distinguished film maker Jonathan Lewis describes the restoration of motor cruiser Gralian and the experience of cruising in the Baltic and round the UK.     More details

November 5th

Gil Sharp

Clipper Round the World Yacht Race  -  A Grandmother realises her racing dreams.

Gil Sharp describes the joy and deprivation of the Clipper race, including the Southern Ocean, the Sydney to Hobart race and the North Atlantic.    More details

November 12th

Tim Barker

Bipolar Cruising – The Adventures of Mina2 from the Arctic to the Antarctic

Mina2 is one of the few amateur yachts to have sailed into both the Arctic Circle and down to Antarctica. Storms, ice and great scenery..   More details

November  19th

Sara Atkinson

Sea Biscuits and Lido Cakes

What it took to leave family, friends and a job to travel from Herne Hill to Barbados and how it was worth every minuteMore details
November  26th

Roger Taylor

Creating and Sailing an Arctic Mini-cruiser

Roger Taylor describes the re-construction of Mingming II, an Achilles 24, for high latitude sailing and describes her maiden voyage.    More details

December 3rd

Cast Off for Christmas

Festive evening of short talks by GXSA members

Mulled wine, mince pies and other treats - a little earlier than usual this year

December 10th

Bob Shepton

The North West Passage – twice. Madness?

2013 Apollo/Yachting Journalists' Association Yachtsman of the year, Bob Shepton returns to tell us about his latest exploits and his new book - Addicted to Adventure.  More details