All Events

All GCCC events are shown on this page:

Separate categories of Sailing, Social & Winter Talks are shown on the individual drop down links above.

A printable version of the previous winter programme is available here.

Visitors are welcome to any of our Winter Talks - we ask a £3 contribution toward costs.

Notes for Members:

Skippers can register to attend a sailing event by clicking the event's Register button.   Members wishing to crew on boats should post their interest on the Stowaway Register where Skippers can then respond individually or by registering their available crew places.

More details about crewing on other member's boats can be found here

Events can be added to your electronic calendar by opening each event and clicking 'add to calendar'.   

summer and winter programmes & statistics are available in the Archive.

    • 12 Dec 2017
    • 20:00 - 23:00
    • Papercourt


    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.

    • 07 Jan 2018
    • 14:00 - 15:30
    • Lee-on-Solent
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    A visit has been arranged to the facility of the HM Coastguard SAR (Search and Rescue) Helicopter Unit at Lee-on-Solent.

    Date: Sunday, 7th January

    Timing:  Prompt start at 14:00 hrs.

    Organiser: Andrew Barlow

    The visit will last approximately 1½ hours (including time for questions)

    The visit will be conducted by Richard Norris, Chief Pilot Lee-on-Solent.

    Now operated by Bristow Helicopters Limited on behalf of HM Coastguard, we’ve all seen the rescue helicopter at one time or another above the Solent, well this is a chance to visit the base from which the new Leonardo AW189 helicopter operates and learn more about the valuable service they provide.

    The visit is free of charge, however we will have a collection, the proceeds of which will go to a charity nominated by the Unit.

    Maximum of 15 places ONLY.

    Members must register via the GCCC website.

    Registration is  available from the afternoon of Tuesday 5th December on a first come, first served basis

    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

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

    Annual General Meeting for reports on the club's activities over 2017 and the election of Committee members.    All welcome!

    Anyone interested in standing for the Committee should contact the Commodore.

    • 16 Jan 2018
    • 20:30 - 23:00
    • Papercourt
    • 44

    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 110 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

    • 11 Feb 2018
    • 09:30 - 15:00
    • TBA

    Our Annual Winter Walk and Lunch

    • Normally about 6 miles
    • Where to be advised
    • booking details TBA
    • 13 Feb 2018
    • 20:30 - 23:00
    • Papercourt

    Pancakes for Shrove Tuesday

    Cooked by club member, the one and only, Clive Drury White

    All welcome

    • 18 Feb 2018
    • 09:00 - 17:00
    • Papercourt
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    One-day RYA First Aid Course (8-hours)

    Due to the demand for places on the November 2017 course and subsequent interest, another course has been scheduled.

    Sunday, 18th February, 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

    The event is open to GCCC members and partner members only. Please register before 4th February.

    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.

    • 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 Institution, a voluntary organisation founded in Cornwall as a registered charity in1994 before becoming National.    Tim will talk about Coastwatch and it’s Memorandum of Understanding with the Coastguard.

    • Organiser: Bill Wood-Roe

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


    Everybody welcome, not just new and prospective members!

    Presentation of the 2018 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.

    • 03 Apr 2018
    • 20:30 - 23:00
    • Papercourt

    Fitting Out Party and Quiz - always a very popular night.

    Please bring a savoury or desert to share, and 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

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
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 Rally
21 Mar 2017 New Member's Night & Launch of the Summer Program
14 Mar 2017 Talk on Three of the 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 and LUNCH
31 Jan 2017 Talk by the RYA on their services for yacht sailors
17 Jan 2017 Talk - All about Sails
13 Dec 2016 Talk - Solent Sailing in the 1930's and the 1970's
22 Nov 2016 Talk on Yacht GRP Construction
12 Nov 2016 Laying-up Supper and Photo/Art Competition (Saturday night)
08 Nov 2016 Talk by Yacht Surveyor Guy Nicholls
01 Nov 2016 Talk by Captain McNaught of 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, Chichester Harbour
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
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
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......
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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