5 years will soon have passed since we celebrated our 50th anniversary at Cowes and we are making plans to do it again, only differently, for our 55th next year.
To make sure members from all Areas can participate we are amassing a fund to subsidise travel and/or accommodation for members coming long distances, and to charter some local vessels so everyone can go sailing.
This time all the same fun and games but not based in a marina - it will be more like our usual gaffer events where we gather informally in scenic locations. So not Cowes, but up stream in the River Medina where the Folly Inn has offered us use of their many pontoons at a very low rate.
There will be room for as many as 200 boats. No electric or water but use of the facilities ashore, and for smaller boats and dinghies there will be facilities including bunk rooms at the UKSA near Cowes.
Areas will organise for their members to get to the Isle of Wight, with or without their boats for Thursday 16th Aug. Some members will already be in the vicinity after either joining in a small gaffers cruise or a Trailer Section Raid in the preceding days or arriving early after cruising there from home ports.
NB There will be gaffers to sail even if you don't bring your own!
Provisional programme (also available to download and print)
Thurs 16th Aug (HW 04.400 and 16.30)
Arrivals: Informal welcome party at the Folly Inn with barbeque running
Friday 17th Aug
Daytime water activities based at the Folly: river sailing for juniors and adults in smaller boats.
Those with bigger boats will have the use of UKSA dingies. Sculling, rubber flubber sailing and other river regatta events.
There will also be excursions available: Bus trips to Osborne House or the Needles, bikes to hire and explore.
Supper at UKSA where we'll have use of the swimming pool and their sailing simulator Race briefing for Saturday
Saturday 18th Aug (LW 10.45 HW 18.00)
Race Day for larger boats with crew places offered to the dinghy/trailer section/small gaffer members.
Trip boat places for spectators
Dinner together in evening - perhaps with a fancy dress theme and prize giving
Sunday 19th Aug (HW 06.25 and 19.20)
OGA funds are to be made available for water taxis between the Folly Inn and pontoons and the UKSA, for running the racing and for subsidising places on chartered gaffers and accommodation at the UKSA.
It's got to be Association wide so we'd like to let you know how your Area is planning to participate.
Please fill in the expression of interest form (you'll be committed to nothing) and we'll nail down some specifics and let you know more . . .