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November


GXSA (Gerrards Cross Sailing Association)
www.gxsa.org.uk
GXSA Talk Wednesday November 28th, Dick Holness - The Making of a Yachtsman's Pilot
Dick is a well known yachting writer with some substantial achievements to his name. He is the co-author of the 'East Coast Pilot', Imray's definitive yachtsman's guide to the East Coast creeks and backwaters, a local coastguard and past prolific contributor to 'Sailing Today' magazine. He is also one of the writers behind the on-line magazine 'East Coast Sailing' which is an essential read for 'East Coasters' keeping them right up to date as their cruising grounds change frequently due to shifting sands and, more recently, wind farms. Dick will describe how the 'Pilot' came about, the rigour and care required to keep it up to date using some local stories, anecdotes and photographs. He will also share his thoughts as well as some ideas for the future role of such publications in the electronic age. This will be an interesting and informative talk; and an essential one for anyone contemplating visiting the area.
GXSA Talk Wednesday November 21st, Neil Lynn - Sailing Down The Danube, "How do you get from the Baltic to the Black Sea?"
There's the long way:- the North Sea, the Atlantic, then the Mediterranean; the other is through the middle of Europe. The Lynn's left the Baltic in Spring 2010 and into the rivers and canals of Germany, then Belgium, France and on to the Main in Germany. They overwintered their ketch "Sea Griffin" near Wurtzburg. In summer 2011, they entered the Danube from the new Main-Danube canal at Kelheim and from there it was downhill all the way to the Black Sea. The milepost said 2200km. That's what they are coming to talk about - not a log, rather impressions of a journey through the heart of historic Europe. It's about the spectacular bits, the oddities, the people, the history, the interest. Who knows, some may be persuaded to do the same trip - an amazing voyage.
GXSA Talk Wednesday November 14th, Dick Turnbull - Adventures in the Ice
Sailor, Climber, and Retailer, Dick Turnbull , describes his sailing and climbing trip from Oban to Spitzbergen. In addition to sailing, Dick took the opportunity to scale some of the Lofoten mountains, and become stuck in an ice pack. His escape was assisted by an ice breaker, and included a few hair raising moments. In February 2012, an article in Yachting Monthly described only part of the story. GXSA will hear it all, fully illustrated with wonderful photographs. This is sure to be an interesting and varied talk.
GXSA Talk Wednesday November 21st, Neil Lynn - Sailing Down The Danube, "How do you get from the Baltic to the Black Sea?"
There's the long way:- the North Sea, the Atlantic, then the Mediterranean; the other is through the middle of Europe. The Lynn's left the Baltic in Spring 2010 and into the rivers and canals of Germany, then Belgium, France and on to the Main in Germany. They overwintered their ketch "Sea Griffin" near Wurtzburg. In summer 2011, they entered the Danube from the new Main-Danube canal at Kelheim and from there it was downhill all the way to the Black Sea. The milepost said 2200km. That's what they are coming to talk about - not a log, rather impressions of a journey through the heart of historic Europe. It's about the spectacular bits, the oddities, the people, the history, the interest. Who knows, some may be persuaded to do the same trip - an amazing voyage.
GXSA Talk Wednesday November 7th, Nick Hance - Marine Accident Investigation
Nick Hance, an inspector of marine accidents will explain the work of the MAIB which has been investigating marine accidents since its formation in 1989. The talk will provide some background on the MAIB's role and how it operates and whilst this primarily involves merchant and small commercial vessel accidents, it also has the remit to investigate those involving leisure craft. Example leisure craft cases, including some very recent investigations, will form the major part of the talk and will lead to some healthy debate on many of the issues raised.

Scottish Seabird Centre
www.seabird.org
The Harbour, North Berwick, EH39 4SS. 01620 890202.
All events are FREE for members, or included in the entry price to the Discovery Centre for non- members, unless otherwise stated. Entry to the Discovery Centre is �7.95 for adults, �4.50 for children and �5.95 for concessions. Book tickets online in advance at www.seabird.org.
November
Carol Boyd exhibition. To 7 January 2013, opening hours, in the Picture Gallery. Watercolour artist Carol Boyd celebrates the oceans and birds in this exhibition. Her loose and dynamic style conveys the raw energy and movement of the sea.
Mini Makers. Weekends, 14:00-15:00, included with entry into the Discovery Centre. Fun 'make and do' sessions for kids age 4 to 8.
Nature Photography Awards 2012 exhibition. From 18 November, opening hours, included with entry into the Discovery Centre. Now in its seventh year the Nature Photography Exhibition 2012 showcases the shortlisted entries from this year's Scottish Seabird Centre competition. View these stunning photographs and select your winners from the ever-rising standard of entries. For further information about the competition, previous winners and exhibition please visit www.seabird.org.

Arrow Yacht Enterprises
www.sail-help.co.uk
Yachtmaster Offshore Practical Crew/Delivery Suffolk to Solent/London Day Skipper theory/Yachtmaster
Dear All,
Yachtmaster Offshore/Coastal Practical Course, 4th- 9th November. 3 days preparation and one or two days assessment.
Day Skipper Theory Course London, three weekends, two in October, one in November.
Yachtmaster Ocean, over three weekends in Cheltenham January and February.
Crew wanted to help deliver a 33 ft yacht from Levington in Suffolk to the Solent, when there is a weather window in November or December.
Yachtmaster Theory Course in London in the New Year.
If interested please email me.
Yours, Sticky
Day Skipper Theory Course in London
Run over three weekends, 13/14 Oct, 27/8 Oct and 17/18 Nov. Please email me or phone if interested.




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