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Open to all OGA members, the Photography Competition closing date has been extended to 31 December 2014. All entries must be submitted online via the OGA website, with prizes from a selection of beautiful nautical books. Read on for more details and links to the submission forms and guidance notes.

Sailing on Loch Sunart

We hear Dublin Bay and East Coast boats have been visiting Scotland, the Isle of Man and Cork this summer. Follow some of their adventures here. If you have any personal sailing adventures to share, do let the Editor know or log in to use the Comments box in this article.

In 2014, 'Sailing by' gathered historic 'tales of sail' with a particular focus on the Netherlands as the Dutch OGA celebratded their 10th anniversary. We're now looking for more contributions from all around the UK, Dutch and French coasts as we look forward to more 'Cruising in Company' in 2015.

Marine Quarterly cover

What about a subscription to Marine Quarterly, as a seasonal gift for sailing friends and family? There's a special offer for OGA members who wish to subscribe.

Have you made your plans to join us at the OGA AGM, Saturday 17 January 2015, Fox Excel, London? Read on for more details, including how to get discount tickets for the London Boat Show . . .

East Coast OGA members challenged Mark Butler and his team at James Lawrence Sailmakers, Brightlingsea to make a topsail for local boat 'Reverie' in an evening. Around 30 members gathered at the loft to watch. Read the summary of Mike Robertson's report and see the speed of their work on video . . .

2014 found OGA members making many individual passages alongside the major event of the year, the Dutch 10th Anniversary Tour. We look forward to more OGA Cruises in Company next year with information available soon. Meanwhile, browse and log in to comment on these blogs and photo slideshows.

Branlebas, St Malo 2013

Saint Malo Bay Yacht Club (SNBSM) invites members of English yacht clubs and Associations to participate in a unique all-comers four-day regatta in St Malo from 8 - 11 August 2015.

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    Editor's update: 5 December

    OGA members should have received Gaffers Log this week with celebrations of trailer sailing, tales from the OGA archives, reports from around the Areas and lots more. The closing date for the OGA Photo Competition has been extended until the end of December, so get your entries in now via the entry form on the OGA website. There's nearly 550 boats published in the Online Boat Register now, many don't have photos and there's lots more to do, so let us know if you're interested in joining us to help with research and updating. If you're a member, do send in reports to keep the website up-to-date. If you like what you see around the site, the OGA is keen to welcome new members, so why not think about joining us? The provisional programme of 2015 events, including Cruising in Company, will be available in mid-December: it looks like another good year in store!

    OGA Editor
    OGA Membership Secretary