Winter Talks

This page shows all GCCC Winter Talks.

To see the separate event categories of Sailing and Social click on the individual drop down links above.

Visitors are welcome to all our talks - all we ask is a £3 contribution towards the cost of our speaker programme.

    • 24 Oct 2017
    • 20:30 - 23:00
    • Papercourt

    Talk by Malcolm Thorpe

    • Speaker: Malcolm Thorpe
    • A talk about Bembridge in the past and moving towards the vision for the future.
    • Bembridge Harbour is owned by the Bembridge Harbour Improvements Co Ltd. This company went into Administration in April 2011 and was purchased  by Malcolm from the Administrators in 2012. Since then many improvements have been made and there is clearly more to come.
    • Organiser: Leon Barbour

    • 07 Nov 2017
    • 20:30 - 23:00
    • Papercourt

    A talk by Kevin Patience.

    The story behind the Royal Navy’s Dreadnought battleships and the naval arms race that led to the Battle of Jutland in 1916. In 1919 seventy four German warships were scuttled at Scapa Flow in Orkney by their crews, and Ernest Cox took on the largest salvage operation in history.

    Organiser: Bill Wood-Roe

      • 19 Nov 2017
      • 09:00 - 17:00
      • Papercourt
      • 1

      One-day RYA First Aid Course (8-hours)

      Sunday, 19th November, 2017

      To be held at Papercourt Sailing Club, Polesden Lane, Ripley, GU23 6JX

      Course instructor:  Peter Lytton

      Timings for the day:

      • 09:00 hrs – prompt start
      • Morning and afternoon breaks for refreshments
      • Approx.. 12:30 hrs – Lunch break
      • Approx. 17:00 hrs – end

      Cost per person: £25.00

      Cost includes:

      • Instructor fee
      • RYA First Aid book (content of which is specifically written for water based activities)
      • Certificate
      • Morning and afternoon tea & coffee.

      Please bring your own packed lunch, notebook and pen.

      Please also wear clothing suitable for kneeling and lying on the floor as the course does include practical elements.  If a student has an injury or medical issue that may cause problems, please speak to Peter prior to the start of the course and he will adjust the course accordingly.

      Maximum of 12 places available therefore please register promptly.  If the course is oversubscribed, we will schedule another course early next year.

      Event organiser:  Andrew Barlow

      Event Registration

      The event is open to GCCC members only.

      GCCC members must each register individually, which means that partner members must register separately.

      Payment must be made by bank transfer to GCCC's bank account.

      Details: Sort Code 402226, Account Number 51377477
      Please use your surname as the reference.

      If a member and partner member both register then just one payment of £50 can be made.

      Confirmation emails will be sent out once payment is received.

      • 21 Nov 2017
      • 20:30 - 23:00
      • Papercourt

      Talk by Dr Martin Thomas

      • Speaker: Dr Martin Thomas.

      • In 1916 Shackleton and five crew sailed a boat from Antartica  800 miles to South Georgia to rescue the remainder of his crew. Martin and 7 friends chartered a yacht to retrace this epic journey.

      • Organiser: Bill Wood-Roe

      • 05 Dec 2017
      • 20:30 - 23:00
      • Papercourt

      A Talk by Paul Armstrong

      • Owning and maintaining a boat has been likened to standing in a cold shower, ripping up £50 notes. Paul will provide a detailed analysis of purchase, operational, repair and consumables costs for a typical boat over its 18 year life, complete with ratios, trends, regressive analysis, and 3 month moving averages!

        No, he wont. He will give you some interesting key financial facts and details, but will also be including almost 20 years worth of GCCC pictures, sea-faring tales and racey stories. People will be named, so it is best if you attend!

        And there will be a prize for the most accurate estimate of the operational costs for Paul over the 18 years of Pagetal being on the water.

      • Organiser: Bill Wood-Roe

      • 16 Jan 2018
      • 20:30 - 23:00
      • Papercourt
      • 78

      Talk by Tracy Edwards

      • Speaker; Tracy Edwards
      • "The Maiden Factor"
      •  Maiden was built in 1979. She entered the Whitbread 1981-82 coming fourth. Tracy with an all female crew entered the 1989/90 Whitbread to come an amazing third. In 2014 Tracy tracked Maiden down to the Seychelles and in April 2017 succeeded in returning her to the UK.
      • Note: all attendees must register in advance
      • Organiser: Bill Wood-Roe

      Event Registration

      The event is open to GCCC members and also members of associated sailing clubs and the public.

      Entry is free for GCCC members and £5 for all non-members.

      GCCC members and partner members must each register individually. Note: for partner members without an email address, the main member should first register and then send an email for the partner registration to
      Members can also register to bring non-member guests but the guests must be paid for in advance.

      Non-members must register individually and pay in advance of the event.

      There is a maximum limit of 100 places.

      Payment must be made by bank transfer to GCCC's bank account.

      Details: Sort Code 402226, Account Number 51377477
      Please use your surname as the reference.

      No physical tickets will be issued but confirmation emails will be sent out.

      • 30 Jan 2018
      • 20:30 - 23:00
      • Papercourt

      Talk by Duncan Wells

      • Speaker: Duncan Wells
      • Stress Free Sailing and MOB
      • Duncan is an RYA Instructor and a feature writer for Yachting Monthly and an author. He will give us tips for single handed and short handed sailing setting sail – trimming sails – navigation – anchoring etc.

      • Organiser: Bill Wood-Roe

      • 27 Feb 2018
      • 20:30 - 23:00
      • Papercourt

      Birds of the Solent

      • Speaker: Chris Willard.
      • A talk on all the different birds around the Solent and their habitats.
      • Chris has lived in Keyhaven for some 40 years and has been a keen bird watcher since the age of 8. He sails a Cornish Shrimper out of Lymington. He will introduce us to the range of birds to be found in the Solent.

      • Organiser: Bill Wood-Roe

      • 13 Mar 2018
      • 20:30 - 23:00
      • Papercourt

      A Talk on Coastwatch

      • speaker: Tim Colquhorn
      • Tim is Head of PR for the National Coastwatch Instution. A voluntary organisation and a registered charity founded in Ciornwall in 1994 and now National. Tim will talk to us about Coastwatch and it’s memorandum of Understanding with the Coastguard.

      • Organiser: Bill Wood-Roe

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