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Visitors are very welcome to any of our Winter Talks - we ask for just a modest contribution of £3.00 toward our speaker expenses.

Notes for Members:

Skippers can register for a sailing event by using the associated ‘Register’ button from the list below.   Members wishing to crew should post their interest on the Stowaway Register from where skippers can then respond.   

More details about crewing can be found here.

Add events to your calendar by opening each event and clicking 'add to calendar'.   

Previous summer & winter programmes and statistics are stored in the Archive.

    • 17 Nov 2018
    • 18:30 - 23:00
    • Papercourt
    Laying up supper and Photo and Art Competition
    • A social event with optional fish or chicken & chips plus dessert at £8 pp collected on the night.  There is no charge if you prefer not to eat.
    • There will also be a RNLI sales table

    • Clubhouse & bar opens at 6:30pm.
    • Please order your fish/chicken & chips before 7.00pm.

    • Bring in your entries for the competitions in the following categories:
    • Things nautical (A)
    • Humorous (B)
    • Others (C)

    • Non-photographic entries for the art competition can be in any medium.

    Each category offers a prize and there is no limit on the number of entries, so don't be shy in digging out your photos!

    In addition we award a prize for the best caption, applied on the night, to a photo presented in the humorous category - so please be sure to bring your humorous photos.

    • 20 Nov 2018
    • 20:30 - 23:00
    • Papercourt
    Talk on the Voyage of The Liberdade
    • Speaker: Mike Austin 
    • An illustrated presentation by Mike Austin of the story of Joshua Slocum who in 1890 having been shipwrecked in southern Brazil built the “Liberdade”.
      Joshua later became the first man to circumnavigate the world alone in the “Spray”.
      He was followed by David Sinnett-Jones who circumnavigated the world 1985-88 in a copy of Joshua's “Spray”.
      Later,  David and Mike retraced the voyage of the “Liberdade” from Paranaguá, Brazil to New York, including nineteen days single-handed from Antigua to Norfolk VA
      .

    • Organiser: Bill Wood-Roe

    • 02 Dec 2018
    • 09:00 - 17:00
    • Papercourt
    • 3
    Register

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

    Sunday, 2nd December, 2018

    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.

    Event organiser:  Andrew Barlow

    Event Registration (available from 1st November)

    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.

    • 04 Dec 2018
    • 20:30 - 23:00
    • Papercourt
    Talk -  Jubilee Sailing Trust Songs of the Seas
    • Speaker: Steve Poole 
    • Music and shanties - raising money, awareness and possible crew members for the Jubilee Sailing Trust.
      The evening comprises photos and films from Steve’s trips, interspersed with live performances of songs about the sea from the likes of Rod Stewart, Queen, the Beach Boys and Bobby Darin, as well as folk songs and shanties.
      So wet your singing voices!

    • Organiser: Bill Wood-Roe

    • 18 Dec 2018
    • 20:00 - 23:00
    • Papercourt

    COMMODORE'S PARTY & PRESENTATION OF AWARDS

    Drinks & canapés from 8pm with annual presentation of awards at 9pm for members' participation in, or contribution to, club activities.  A great social night for all members.

    Possible songs by Lynn Williams – Avalon???



    • 08 Jan 2019
    • 20:30 - 23:00
    • Papercourt

    Annual General Meeting

    • Reports on the Club's activities over 2018
    • The election of Committee members 
    • A must for all members to learn more about the Club and to ask questions of the Committee
    • All welcome!

    Anyone interested in standing for the Committee should contact the Commodore and/or the Club Secretary.


    • 15 Jan 2019
    • 20:30 - 22:00
    • Papercourt

    Workshop on

    Details to follow

    An opportunity for members to share and develop individual knowledge in a relaxed, informal and social environment.

    Tuesday 8th January 2019    20:30pm-22:00pm

    Led by ...

    Come along with experiences, questions, problems, ideas etc. to share with the group.







    • 29 Jan 2019
    • 20:30 - 23:00
    • Papercourt
    Talk - ‘Man is Not Lost        
    • Speaker: Tom Cunliffe, legendary sailor and author
    • The talk covers the development and safe use of navigational electronics. It combines a mix of yarns and solid information and an irreverent look at the changes many of us have seen from the early 1970s when Tom found Barbados after 42 days at sea with no chart at all – just a lat/long position, a sextant and his grandfather’s pocket watch – to current chart plotters that sometimes manage to lead one astray.
    • Organiser: Bill Wood-Roe

    • 12 Feb 2019
    • 20:30 - 23:00
    • Papercourt
    Talk - Donald Campbell
    • Speaker: Phil Holt
    • Phil will review the life of Donald Campbell, the only man to hold both the world land and water speed records in the same year. 
      A behind the scenes look at that fateful day in January 1967 on Coniston Water, to find the cause of the crash and look at the current recovery of Bluebird and her subsequent relaunch, in August 2018 on the Isle of Bute.
    • Organiser: Bill Wood-Roe

    • 17 Feb 2019
    • 09:30 - 15:00
    • 25

    Our Annual Winter Walk and Lunch

    No details available at present

    We will meet at .....

    • walk is about 5 miles walking boots recommended
    • Lunch will be at
    • Please register and send your food order to 

    Please note all members, including partner members, need to register individually

    Any queries please ring

    • 26 Feb 2019
    • 20:30 - 23:00
    • Papercourt
    Talk - The Coastal Geography , Flora and Fauna of Iceland
    • Speaker: David Richmond - Coggan,  RNLI
    • A new talk, on behalf of the RNLI, exploring the fascinating coastal geography, flora and fauna of Iceland
      A visitor's view of the primeval geothermal geography of the coastal areas together with some of the plants and birds that are found in the area. David is a volunteer presenter for the RNLI and gives talks in Surrey, Sussex andLondon with all proceeds going to the RNLI.
    • Organiser: Bill Wood-Roe

    • 05 Mar 2019
    • 20:00 - 23:00
    • Papercourt

    Shrove Tuesday last chance to "gorge" before Easter

    Clive will be cooking pancakes, from 8:00pm, on the night for the members to enjoy, there will be various sweet and savoury fillings, including:-

    Fresh lemon slices, sugar, honey, apple & cinnamon, grated Parmesan cheese.

    Please come down to Papercourt and enjoy the evening chatting with friends, having a drink from the bar and tucking in to a pancake or two with the complements of GCCC.

    Pancakes are free for club Members.

    Friends and visitors are also welcome with just a £3.50 contribution to costs.

    • 12 Mar 2019
    • 20:30 - 23:00
    • Papercourt
    Talk - 'Send us Some Women'
    • Speaker: Diane Mannering
    • When the Governor of Australia wrote home to Lord Sydney (yes, that's why it's called Sydney) asking for some women, he was sent Newgate Gaol's worst offenders.
      This is the story of their amazing sea voyage and how these unprepossessing women reinvented themselves to help found Australia. Diane comes to us from Alton. She is a former Insurance Broker and is now a writer and speaker.
    • Organiser: Bill Wood-Roe

    • 26 Mar 2019
    • 20:30 - 23:00
    • Papercourt

    New Members' Night & Launch of Summer Program

    Everybody welcome, not just new and prospective members !

    Presentation of the 2019 Rally Program.    

     A chance to meet your committee, talk about memorable sailing trips and seek out your crew or boat(s) on which to 'stowaway' for the coming season.






    • 09 Apr 2019
    • 20:00 - 23:00
    • Papercourt

    Fitting Out Party & Quiz

    Always a very popular night.

    Please bring a savoury or desert to share, plus your own plates/cutlery.   

    Salad and rolls will be provided.

    Join others on a table to make up a team for the quiz.

Past events

30 Oct 2018 Trinity House and more......
16 Oct 2018 Workshop on 12 Volt Electrics
13 Oct 2018 Universal Marina Hamble River Rally
09 Oct 2018 New Member’s Night & Launch of Winter Program
29 Sep 2018 Island Harbour Rally
15 Sep 2018 Port Hamble Rally
11 Sep 2018 Workshop on Single Handed Sailing
31 Aug 2018 Newtown Creek & Yarmouth Rally
25 Aug 2018 Itchenor Reach Rally
15 Aug 2018 Osborne Bay Midweek Rally
11 Aug 2018 Yateley OSC Challenge & Rally
04 Aug 2018 Marchwood Rally
24 Jul 2018 Summer Workshop on VHF/DSC Radio System
21 Jul 2018 Lymington Rally
11 Jul 2018 Newtown Creek Midweek Rally
03 Jul 2018 BBQ at the Clubhouse
30 Jun 2018 Bembridge Rally
09 Jun 2018 SUMMER CRUISE
06 Jun 2018 Colwell Bay Midweek Rally
02 Jun 2018 Northney Rally
22 May 2018 Summer Workshop 2
19 May 2018 Bucklers Hard Rally
06 May 2018 Bank Holiday Weekend Rally - Day 2 Yarmouth
05 May 2018 Bank Holiday Weekend Rally - Day 1 Lymington
21 Apr 2018 Cowes Rally
17 Apr 2018 Summer Workshop on Lifejackets
07 Apr 2018 Southampton Town Quay
03 Apr 2018 Fitting Out Party & Quiz
27 Mar 2018 Birds of the Solent
20 Mar 2018 New Members' Night & Launch of Summer Program
13 Mar 2018 Coastwatch
18 Feb 2018 RYA First Aid Course
13 Feb 2018 Pancakes with Clive
04 Feb 2018 GCCC Winter Walk and Lunch
30 Jan 2018 "Stress Free Sailing and MOB"
16 Jan 2018 "The Maiden Factor"
09 Jan 2018 Annual General Meeting
07 Jan 2018 Visit to HMCG SAR (Search and Rescue) Helicopter Unit
12 Dec 2017 Commodore's Christmas Party & Presentation of Awards
05 Dec 2017 "Organising Finances on a Boat"
21 Nov 2017 In the Footsteps of Shackleton
19 Nov 2017 RYA First Aid Course
11 Nov 2017 Laying-up Supper and Photo & Art Competition
07 Nov 2017 "Scapa Flow - Salvaging the German Navy"
24 Oct 2017 Bembridge Harbour Past, Present and Future.
10 Oct 2017 Launch of Winter Programme & New & Prospective Members Night
07 Oct 2017 Elephant Boat Yard Hamble Rally
23 Sep 2017 Island Harbour Marina IOW Rally
09 Sep 2017 Yarmouth Rally
26 Aug 2017 Itchenor Rally
16 Aug 2017 Osborne Bay Mid-week Rally
12 Aug 2017 Lymington Rally
29 Jul 2017 Marchwood Rally
22 Jul 2017 Yarmouth (YOSC timed challenge)
12 Jul 2017 Newtown Creek Mid-week Rally
08 Jul 2017 Port Hamble Rally
04 Jul 2017 Summer BBQ
24 Jun 2017 Bembridge Rally
14 Jun 2017 Colwell Bay Mid-week Rally
10 Jun 2017 SUMMER CRUISE
27 May 2017 Poole Rally
17 May 2017 Priory Bay Mid-week Rally
13 May 2017 Beaulieu Rally
29 Apr 2017 Lymington Rally
15 Apr 2017 Chichester Rally
08 Apr 2017 Shepard's Wharf
04 Apr 2017 FITTING OUT PARTY & QUIZ
21 Mar 2017 New Member's Night & Launch of the Summer Program
14 Mar 2017 Three Great Maritime Explorers
28 Feb 2017 Pancakes for Shrove Tuesday
14 Feb 2017 Talk - 'Around London in a small dinghy'
12 Feb 2017 Winter Walk & Lunch
31 Jan 2017 Talk by the RYA on their services for yacht sailors
17 Jan 2017 Talk - All about Sails
10 Jan 2017 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
13 Dec 2016 Solent in the 1930's & ‘70's
06 Dec 2016 COMMODORE'S PARTY and PRESENTATION OF AWARDS
22 Nov 2016 GRP Yacht Construction
12 Nov 2016 Laying-up Supper and Photo/Art Competition (Saturday night)
08 Nov 2016 Yacht Surveys by Guy Nicholls
01 Nov 2016 Captain McNaught & Trinity House
18 Oct 2016 Launch of Winter Programme and Welcome to New & Prospective Members
01 Oct 2016 Elephant Boat Yard, River Hamble
17 Sep 2016 Marchwood Yacht Club
14 Sep 2016 Newtown Creek (mid-week rally)
10 Sep 2016 Sparkes Marina
27 Aug 2016 Poole Quay Yacht Haven
17 Aug 2016 Priory Bay (mid-week rally)
13 Aug 2016 Yarmouth
30 Jul 2016 East Cowes Marina
20 Jul 2016 Beaulieu River (mid-week rally)
16 Jul 2016 Yarmouth (timed challenge with YOSC)
09 Jul 2016 Northney Marina
05 Jul 2016 Summer BBQ
25 Jun 2016 Bembridge Harbour
11 Jun 2016 SUMMER CRUISE
01 Jun 2016 Alum Bay (mid-week rally)
28 May 2016 Chichester Marina
14 May 2016 Buckler's Hard
11 May 2016 Itchenor Reach (mid-week rally)
30 Apr 2016 Southsea Marina, Langstone Harbour
16 Apr 2016 Lymington
02 Apr 2016 Folly Reach
22 Mar 2016 FITTING OUT PARTY and QUIZ
15 Mar 2016 Talk on Anchor Rodes
08 Mar 2016 New Member's Night & Launch of the 2016 Summer Programme
01 Mar 2016 The Story of GCCC's summer cruise.
16 Feb 2016 Around London in a small dinghy
09 Feb 2016 Pancakes for Shrove Tuesday
02 Feb 2016 Talk on Wind Farms; Their affects!
19 Jan 2016 Talk on the Baltic Exchange.
15 Dec 2015 Talk on Shipping Containers - The life of......
08 Dec 2015 COMMODORE'S PARTY and PRESENTATION OF AWARDS
24 Nov 2015 RNLI talk - Preparation for rescue
10 Nov 2015 Casting Off - Emma Bamford, Deputy Editor of Sailing Today
27 Oct 2015 The Thames Past and Present
13 Oct 2015 New Member Night & Launch of Winter Programme
24 Mar 2015 New Members Night
24 Feb 2015 Briefing on 2015 Summer Cruise
17 Feb 2015 An evening with Richard Nicolson
14 Oct 2014 New Members Night
07 Jun 2014 Studland Bay
24 May 2014 Lymington
06 May 2014 2nd Briefing on Summer Cruise
03 May 2014 Marchwood Yacht Club
19 Apr 2014 Chichester Yacht Club
08 Apr 2014 New Members Night
25 Mar 2014 Fitting-out Party and Quiz
18 Mar 2014 Ropes and Splicing
11 Mar 2014 Briefing on summer cruise
04 Mar 2014 Photography
18 Feb 2014 Atlantic Adventure with the ARC
09 Feb 2014 Winter Walk (Sunday)
04 Feb 2014 Marine Accident Investigation Branch
21 Jan 2014 Chatham Dockyard
14 Jan 2014 Annual General Meeting
17 Dec 2013 Commodore's Punch Party
10 Dec 2013 Sailing the Global Challenge - Round the World 2004-05
26 Nov 2013 40 Years of Navigating, Positioning and Communications underwater
19 Nov 2013 Skippers Debriefing on Summer Programme
12 Nov 2013 Preparing My Entry for the Fastnet 2013
09 Nov 2013 Laying-up Supper and Photo Competition
05 Oct 2013 Gun Wharfe Quays Rally
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