sail-world.com -- Old Gaffers gather to celebrate 50 years
Old Gaffers gather to celebrate 50 years
Mon, 29 Apr 2013
Gaff-rigged sailing boats have never really lost their charm - or their passionate followers (see these pictures from the Western Australia Old Gaffers Association), and this year the Old Gaffers Association is celebrating its 50th Anniversary.
While there are still those (even sailors) around who think an old gaffer is some kind of tape, a film technician or your pet name for the boss, the Old Gaffers Assocation (OGA) is a global club with branches everywhere, not only in Perth. The home club is in Britain, but it is also spread across the world from the Netherlands to France to British Colombia.
It was early in the 20th Century that the gaff-rigged boat was largely replaced by the modern Bermuda rig, but that doesn't stop members of the OGA from thinking that gaffs are best!
So to celebrate this 50 year landmark some members will complete a Round Britain Challenge which is a four-month long circumnavigation of Britain, calling at many Ports, whilst others accompany the Round Britain fleet on part of its way in their area in the form of a Relay carrying tokens from area to area.
Crew members are needed too, so if you are interested in crewing click here?nid=108952. What an exciting holiday for a sailor who loves traditional sailing boats and gaff-riggers.
The first leg of the journey around the UK has already started in Holland and Maldon on the East coast on April 21st and they will be joined and greeted en route by many other Old Gaffers. Gaff-rigged yachts like Windflower and Windbreaker are already heading for Cowes. Cine Mare, Morgaine and Raven have left Flushing, and Leonorahas left Stellendam, all bound for Nieuwpoort in Belgium. In Nieuwpoort they will pick up crew and then hopefully take a line to Cowes.
The climax of the celebrations will be the OGA Jubilee Festival at Cowes on 15th - 18th August, but there will also be celebrations in Cardiff at the end of June, and Peel on the Isle of Man in early August.
Peel is the designated OGA Irish Sea Centre for those that can not make it to the climax of the celebrations in Cowes but would like to join in the Anniversary Festivities.
Peel Traditional Boat Weekend has been extended to a five days festival and an exciting programme of events is being organised by the enthusiastic Committee who look forward to welcoming 'old gaffers', returning and new traditional boats to what promises to be the 2013 premier event of the Irish Sea.
Onesails.com - Workforce
OneSails is the culmination of over 35 years of experience accumulated by our team in design and technology applied to sail-making. [More info]
Burke Marine, suppliers of international quality marine clothing and equipment, was founded by Martin Burke on the shores of Sydney Harbour in 1971. Visit our website for your nearest stockist. [More info]
Ensign Ship Brokers
Ensign Ship Brokers was established in 1980 and has spent the last 28 years expanding our marine knowledge and developing our reputation! We strive to provide the very best service! [More info]
Festival of Sails
The Festival of Sails is the largest annual keel boat regatta in the Southern Hemisphere with over 400 yachts and 4300 competitors annually taking part in the event. [More info]
GME Standard Communications Pty Ltd
Leaders in communications and navigation. Their goal has always been to make products whose innovation, convenience and peace of mind can help improve the lives of their customers. [More info]
Henri Lloyd was established in 1963 in Manchester, England. Mr Henri, as he became universally known, founded the company based upon hard earned principles of honesty, integrity and freedom. [More info]
Hood Sailmakers (Aust) P/L is 100% Australian owned and operated. The first sail loft outside of the USA to be granted a franchise in 1968 by the founder Ted Hood. [More info]
Navionics is proud of its superb cartographic database comprising more than 25,000 charts and port plans; the largest privately owned database of its kind, the only one using full seamless technology [More info]
Performance Sailcraft Australia (Asia Pacific)
Laser builder Performance Sailcraft Australia has taken on the successful RS Sailboat range from Britain, and is now licensed to build and distribute all of the RS range in the Asia Pacific region. [More info]
Quantum Australasia Pty Ltd
Quantum Sail Design Group designs, engineers and manufactures sails for racers and cruisers who demand the highest levels of quality and performance. [More info]
Ullman Sails Australia
The Ullman Sails Australia team provides service to customers all over Australia with four main locations in Brisbane, Perth, Sydney and the Whitsundays. [More info]