THE RELAY TOKENS
East Coast: To commemorate the formal founding of the OGA in Maldon our token is a "Made in Maldon" hamper containing items as unique and diverse as the gaffers themselves. From local beer to local salt, donation from a famous local cartoonist (Mike Peyton) and from a famous local photographer (Den Phillips), the hamper will transport some typically East Coast items around the coast, past home again in July, and onwards to the festival at Cowes.
Bristol Channel: Our token will be a specially commissioned plaque bearing a wooden, hand-carved, half-hull of the archetypal Bristol Channel Pilot cutter. It will join the relay at Dale in Milford Haven and circumnavigate to Cowes for auction as a true object of desire and a perfect symbol of the OGA, the BCA and Gaff-rigged boats.
North East: Proposing plaque/shield in wood/ceramic/metal. NE area will cover Eyemouth to Grimsby. Locally, working on 'feeder' type events from NE ports & possible 'cross country' carries linking to (eg) Lake District & North West areas to our main OGA event at Newcastle.
Northern Ireland / North West: We will make a token which will celebrate the 50 years of the OGA. We will make 2, one for Scotland, and one for Dublin. They will be exchanged when the boats visit the areas. if necessary we will send one to whoever for a central record.
Solent / South Coast: The Solent area has a Seamanship trophy, a working hand bearing compass which we hope will be used to safely guide the boats back to Cowes for the Jubilee Festival. Rather appropriate that a seamanship trophy should still be working at sea gaining more sea miles.
North Wales / Dublin Bay: Locally manufactured "y Ddraig Goch" slate trophy. Will be in Holyhead for the weekend of 25th May 2013 for collection and onward journey to Dublin on a suitable vessel.
Scotland: Specially commissioned model of Reaper in an antique Haig Dimple bottle with antique stopper. This will hopefully make it all the way round the UK before being auctioned off with proceeds to RNLI. Reaper is berthed in Anstruther and is owned by the Scottish Fisheries Museum in Anstruther.
South West Region (Devon & Cornwall): Our token is from Plymouth Gin Distillery and is a bottle of Navy Strength Gin 57% proof and four glasses in a presentation box reflecting the naval history of this region. Like the juice that got Francis Drake off to a flying start. It will leave Plymouth's hallowed shores passing to the Scillies at the far edge of our region and thence round Britain to be auctioned off to the most enthusiastic dipsomaniac.
Netherlands: A special hand-made log book
We want to initiate a regatta between woodenshoe sailing modelboats Every OGA area will get a wooden shoe. During the round trip these wooden shoes will be transformed by the crew into smashing sailing models. In every harbour there will be a regatta, the last one in Cowes. The models will be auctioned in favour of of the RNLI The winner will be the one with the most regatta points in combination with the auction proceeds.
This winner receives the Tulip Gaff Sculpture - made by the dutch sailors during the round trip