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GXSA (Gerrards Cross Sailing Association)
Wednesday December 9th, Ray Prowse, Cast Off for Christmas
Our traditional Christmas "send off" with entertainment by an "all member celebrity cast" of your old favourites: Peter Poole, Russell Wendover, Rob Johnstone, Ray Prowse, Ken Moss and Mel Errington. Each will give a short presentation to delight us on things nautical. Mulled wine and mince pies will be on offer and there may be some unscripted surprises. Bring along your 6"x4" prints for the photo competition. These must be in the following three categories: scenic, humorous, boats and sailing. Winners will receive a prize and have their work published on the website. Come along to enjoy the show and wish your fellow members a Merry Christmas. May your committee take the opportunity to wish you and your families all a very Happy Christmas and fair winds for 2010.
Wednesday December 2nd, Brandon Mason, Solent Archaeology
Brandon is well qualified project officer of the Hants and Wight Trust for Maritime Archaeology with a specialised interest in early to late medieval ships and boats, and the geophysical interpretation of underwater data. He has worked on a number of historic wreck sites on the south coast and the Channel Islands, and is also a diving instructor. Brandon will tell us about the unseen, yet crucially important sites that we sail past, or indeed over during our Solent sojourns.

Arrow Yacht Enterprises
Still a couple of places left on the budget weekend sailing in the Solent 6-8 November.
My next weekend is 29/30/31 January. I am negotiating a deal with a different sailing school and hope to be able to reduce this cost to �110 for the weekend. During these weekends, we sup ashore, grab some bacon butties for breakfast and sandwiches for lunch. All mooring and fuel fees are shared amongst the crew, which should be no more than a tenner a head.
Heavy Weather Sailing
I have been asked by the owner of a Contest 35 to take him out and show him the ropes in strong winds. I am looking therefore for a couple of stalwarts, who can, at the drop of a hat, come to join us, sailing out of Lymington for a couple of days. Please let me have your telephone number, if interested.
We would cover all aspects of boat management in strong winds, use of sea anchors, series drogue and other means of making life a trifle less uncomfortable than it would be under normal circumstances.
Theory Courses
Still a couple of places left on the Day Skipper Theory course I am running between now and Christmas in Cheltenham. Dates are: 24/5 October, 28/9 November, 12/13 December.
I am also running a Day Skipper theory course for freelancers and farmers in the Cotswolds on weekdays in 2010. Dates are: 4/5 January, 8/9 February, 8/9 March.
I can take one more on the Yachtmaster Offshore and Coastal theory course scheduled for the next three months. Dates are: 31 October/1 November, 21/22 November, 9/10 January 2010.
Anyone for the VHF/DSC qualification? If you have a group of three or four, I can come to your neck of the woods and run a course for you.

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