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2017 Events are being added as the organisers finalise details . . .

If you like what we do, why not join us now?

OGA Areas on or near the Irish Sea have agreed to group together on one major event per year. In 2017 this will be Campbeltown Classics 19 - 21 May. Read on for details and booking form.

Join the East Coast Gaffers for the first event of 2017 at Tollesbury. This is a small boat event, but is you wish to come with a larger boat Tollesbury Marina can accommodate you. Arrive on Friday night or Saturday morning to sign in, ready for a race briefing around 12.30pm. Why not try your hand at drawing a boat? Illustrator Claudia Myatt will be on hand to help you.

2017 marks 350 years since the Battle of Medway, or Battle of Chatham as it's known in the Netherlands. Read about plans in the February update and join the anniversary celebrations in Chatham, 8 - 17 June, 2017.

We'll be celebrating our 55th Anniversary next year in true gaffer style. Provisional programme now available here - and the opportunity to express your interest.

The Solent gaffers will be at Yarmouth, IOW again in 2017 and Registration for this event is now open

The OGA is planning a summer cruise 'South by South West' in 2017. Register interest now and we will build the programme to fit numbers and starting ports.

Postponed now till after the General Election: a petition to get lobster and crab pots and fishing gear properly marked to reduce the incidence of prop fouling by cruising yachts and motor cruisers.

Plymouth Classic Boat Rally 2017 has sadly been cancelled for this year. But we plan to re-launch this heritage event next year when new sponsors can be secured. But as far as the sail "South' b' Sou' West" fleet is concerned all is sorted  ........ read on

Monday saw an early muster at 0500 and we left the mooring dead on high water with a lovely south easterly which died with patchy and occasionally thick fog before Osea. Gradually this cleared as we made slow and careful progress down river finding a better breeze below Bradwell, where we stopped for lunch.

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    Editor's update: 21 April 2017

    With Easter now behind us, covers coming off and the sailing season beckoning, check out the Events listings and plan where you'll go in 2017. Members can find a printed calendar in the March issue of Gaffers Log. The first OGA sailing event is the Tollesbury Rally on the East Coast, May Bank Holiday weekend with a cruise in the Bristol Channel, 18 May and Campbeltown Classics 19 - 21 May. The OGA is always keen to welcome new members, so why not think of joining us?

    OGA Editor
    OGA Membership Secretary