In 2013 the Old Gaffers Association celebrated our 50th Birthday
raising money for the RNLI
To celebrate this landmark in the history of the preservation of traditional gaff rig our lovely boats have been out on a journey around the UK which started in Holland and Maldon on the East coast on April 21st, joined and greeted en route by many other Old Gaffers.
The Climax of the Celebrations was the OGA Jubilee Festival at Cowes 15th - 18th August
One report, the Brief and Full Programmes, and Race Sailing Rules are available
Some members completed the Round Britain Challenge which was a 4 month long circumnavigation of Britain, calling at many Ports, whilst others accompanied the Round Britain fleet on part of its way in their area in the form of a Relay carrying tokens from area to area.
Many of the RBC boats wrote blogs describing their trip
Special events took place at many ports along the Round Britain Challenge route.
See reports and pictures of The Hamble, Plymouth, Milford Haven, Holyhead
and Newcastle events, and a summary of the RBC.
Also pictures of the Cardiff Bay Small Boats Rally
and report and pictures of the Peel Traditional Boat Weekend
See also OGA 50 (and more) on the Sailing By website
There were also two Competitions to while away the hours -
The Shanty Competition and the Dutch Clog Sailing Challenge!