Winter Talks

The Winter Programme is launched in October.

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

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

Click on the blue Register button for special talks requiring registration.

Click for Sailing or Social Events or use the drop down menu above.

    • 29 Jan 2019
    • 20:30 - 23:00
    • Papercourt
    • 74
    Talk - ‘Man is Not Lost        
    • Tom Cunliffe, legendary sailor, author and professional speaker
    • 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.
    • All attendees must register online individually in advance - see below for details.
    • GCCC members are recommended to register by 20th December.

    Online Event Registration

    Registration is open to GCCC members and also from 21st December to members of associated sailing clubs and the public.

    Registration is free for GCCC members and £7 for each non-member.

    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 with details for the Partner registration to
    Members can also bring non-member guests but the guests must be paid for in advance by the member and their names given in the 'Information for Organiser' box.

    Non-members registering must have a unique email address, register individually and pay in advance of the event by Friday 25th January.
    For any queries please email

    There is a maximum limit overall 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.

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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

Past events

04 Dec 2018 Jubilee Sailing Trust – Songs of the Seas
02 Dec 2018 RYA First Aid Course
20 Nov 2018 Voyage of The Liberdade
30 Oct 2018 Trinity House and more......
27 Mar 2018 Birds of the Solent
13 Mar 2018 Coastwatch
18 Feb 2018 RYA First Aid Course
30 Jan 2018 "Stress Free Sailing and MOB"
16 Jan 2018 "The Maiden Factor"
07 Jan 2018 Visit to HMCG SAR (Search and Rescue) Helicopter Unit
05 Dec 2017 "Organising Finances on a Boat"
21 Nov 2017 In the Footsteps of Shackleton
19 Nov 2017 RYA First Aid Course
07 Nov 2017 "Scapa Flow - Salvaging the German Navy"
24 Oct 2017 Bembridge Harbour Past, Present and Future.
14 Mar 2017 Three Great Maritime Explorers
14 Feb 2017 Talk - 'Around London in a small dinghy'
31 Jan 2017 Talk by the RYA on their services for yacht sailors
17 Jan 2017 Talk - All about Sails
13 Dec 2016 Solent in the 1930's & ‘70's
22 Nov 2016 GRP Yacht Construction
08 Nov 2016 Yacht Surveys by Guy Nicholls
01 Nov 2016 Captain McNaught & Trinity House
10 Nov 2015 Casting Off - Emma Bamford, Deputy Editor of Sailing Today
24 Feb 2015 Briefing on 2015 Summer Cruise
17 Feb 2015 An evening with Richard Nicolson
14 Oct 2014 New Members Night
06 May 2014 2nd Briefing on Summer Cruise
08 Apr 2014 New Members Night
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
04 Feb 2014 Marine Accident Investigation Branch
21 Jan 2014 Chatham Dockyard
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
12 Nov 2013 Preparing My Entry for the Fastnet 2013
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