Fitting Out Dinner – Friday March 24th 2017


Fitting Out Dinner & (optional) Brewery Visit – Friday 24 March 2017


We are delighted that one of our members, John White (Noj to his friends), will be our guest speaker at the X-Yachts Owners Association (XYOA) Fitting Out Dinner on Friday 24 March 2017, due to be held at The Naval Club, 38 Hill Street, Mayfair, W1J 5NS.

Noj grew up on the family farm in Essex and learnt to fly long before he was old enough to get his road driving licence. When it was time to make a choice over his future, it was a no brainer for him. Flying was a far more attractive proposition to driving a Massey Fergusson tractor! He soon found himself at the BOAC training centre in Hamble and never looked back. Noj became the youngest qualified Concorde pilot.

The title of his entertaining talk is “From Massey Fergusson to Concorde”

John, with his wife Chrissie, are keen sailors with his X-37 “S X Girl” and they mainly cruise and race successfully just two handed.



Complimentary pre-dinner drinks will be served in the ground floor bar, followed by dinner in the second floor Cunliffe-Owen Room.

Dinner including aperitif, three-course meal with wine and coffee will cost £52.00/head.

Menu details will be circulated nearer the date of the event.

Dress code for gentlemen is jacket and tie.

 Optional Brewery Visit

Friday 24 March 2017

Prior to the Fitting Out Dinner, subject to numbers, there will be an opportunity to visit an XYOA member’s family’s craft brewery in South Bermondsey.

Fourpure is a brewery established in 2013. Their approach to exceptional brewing is all about attention to detail, not cutting corners and innovating yet staying true to the principles of brewing – respecting the four core ingredients used to make beer: grain, yeast, hops and water. This was the inspiration for the name, Fourpure. They export overseas whilst supplying Tesco and Marks & Spencer amongst others in the UK.

The Tap Room is where you can get your hands on all the Brewery’s year-round flagship favourites as well as small batch beers and specials. The Brewery is located next to South Bermondsey railway station (one stop from London Bridge) or Surrey Quays (London Over-ground).


The visit to the Brewery including a flight of six different types of craft beers is £15.00. XYOA members and guests will have to make their own travel arrangements to and from the Brewery.


15.45 hours     Meet at Fourpure Brewery (optional)

16.00 hours     Brewery visit

17.30 hours     Leave Brewery

18.30 hours     Reception and pre-dinner drinks at the Naval Club

19.30 hours     Three-course dinner followed by coffee and mints

21.00 hours     Announcements and introductions

21.15 hours     Guest speaker John White

21.45 hours     Questions/Cash Bar

22.15 hours     Close


The Naval Club is located centrally between Underground Stations at Marble Arch, Bond Street, Hyde Park and Green Park. The nearest car parks are at 5 Audley Square (W1K 1DS) and the underground car park in Park Lane (W1K 7TY), the latter is outside the London Congestion Zone.



The Club has 26 modern bedrooms each offering Freeview television, tea and coffee making facilities, a direct dial telephone with voicemail and complimentary secure Wi-Fi. All, but two, of the bedrooms are
 en-suite. Please contact the Naval Club directly if you wish to reserve accommodation on-line or telephone 0207 493 7672.

Fourpure Brewery, 22 Bermondsey Trading Estate, Rotherhithe New Road, London SE16 3LL is located a short walk from South Bermondsey Railway Station. 

 Members are advised to book early for this most exciting event. The booking form may be accessed below


Watch out for future events

Your committee is planning many events for 2017. Currently we are organising:

Annual Fitting Out Dinner in London – March

Solent rally to Lymington and Portsmouth – Late May Bank Holiday

Cross Channel Rally to St. Vaast and Deauville – Probably late June

If you are interested in any of these events, do let us know and in any case watch this space for more information.

Cruising Association discounted membership

The Owners Association is very pleased to announce that as a member you can now qualify for 25% discount of a Cruising Association (CA) membership for your first year’s membership.

The Cruising Association is Britain’s leading organisation for cruising sailors. With more than 5,000 members across the globe, they provide services, information, help and advice to sailors worldwide.

Founded in 1908 to meet the needs of cruising sailors, the CA has been a home to many of the great names in sailing. It publishes an almanac, which covers the whole of the British Isles and Atlantic seaboard of Europe and has local representatives all over the world. The CA has 19 UK and worldwide sections providing specialised knowledge and events wherever their members cruise.

One of the major benefits of CA membership is being able to purchase products and services at reduced cost. Through their longstanding CA discount scheme, they have been able to set up valuable discounts for its members to enjoy around the world, from marinas and chandleries, charts and books, to electronics and insurance. They have also negotiated discounts for training, holidays, boat charter and many other services. Some discounts, such as 10% off annual marina contracts, can easily save the cost of CA membership.

For a discount code for 25% off the first year of membership please contact

This can then be used at: or by quoting the code at boat shows.

XYOA Rally to the RYS Saturday 3rd September – Report

Over the weekend of Saturday 3rd September and Sunday 4th September the X-Yachts Owners Association held their Summer Rally, although you may be forgiven for thinking it was the winter rally given the weather. However, the torrential rain didn’t dampen spirits as the fleet met in the world famous Royal Yacht Squadron in Cowes.

X-Yachts from around the UK arrived and moored in the Squadrons own yacht haven where Bruce and Jane Horton hosted pre-dinner drinks on board their Xp50 ‘Tean’.  20+ people managed to gather under the awning in their cockpit for a glass of wine and nibbles and shared many happy summer sailing stories.

Stuart Abernethy from X-Yachts GB arrived in Cowes with Nick and Lynne Mulholland, the very proud new owners of X4 number 2 who took delivery only last week and had been out test sailing the boat for the weekend.

The Royal Yacht Squadron is the most prestigious yacht club in the world, with the club’s patron being Queen Elizabeth II and the Admiral is Prince Philip. With many thanks to John Oldridge who owns Xc45 ‘Perseverance’ the X-Yacht owners had the great privilege of having dinner in the spectacular castle.

After a Champagne reception the owners moved to the Platform to enjoy a fabulous three-course meal and wine.

The evening was wonderful fun and provided a great opportunity for all the owners to get together and share their passion for X-Yacht sailing.

The next event hosted by the Owners Association will be laying up supper on the 13th November at the Leander Club in Henley.