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The OGA Photography Competition is open to all members of the OGA. Mike Garlick, competition organiser, announces the rules and explains the categories, including a new one for 2014. All entries must be submitted online via the OGA website, read on for more details and link to the submission forms.

'Molly Cobbler' in Middelburg

We hear from Mary Gibbs, new owner of 'Molly Cobbler', a 19 foot gaff cutter, about her determination to cross the North Sea for the Dutch 'Cross Country Tour'. With young crew-member, Jolyan Lumai, she ignored those who said it was 'lunacy' and is now safely moored in Breskens. Read the full report in September Gaffers Log.

Evenstar and Chloe in the Bristol Channel

Bristol Channel Area members have been enjoying sailing their home waters with two events on Thursday evenings in June. We'll bring a longer report in the September Gaffers Log, but here's a taster of what's been going on.

Marine Quarterly cover

The Summer 2014 edition of the Marine Quarterly is just out, and we bring a taste of what’s inside as well as news of a special offer for OGA members who wish to subscribe.

In 2014, 'Sailing by' will be gathering more historic 'tales of sail' with a particular focus on the Netherlands as the Dutch OGA celebrate their 10th anniversary. Several English boats are already in the Netherlands, or on passage from the East Coast and Solent Areas. Follow the updates on 'Sailing by'.

Gaffers crossing the line, Ben Collins

As the sailing season gets going, bear in mind that there are nine Association awards for presentation during 2014. Eight of the nine OGA awards and trophies were awarded at the AGM in January 2014. Read a summary here and find all the details in the Trophy area of the website.

River Dart Rally, 2013

South West Gaffers invite owners of gaff, gunter or lug-rigged boats to the River Dart Rally, Dittisham. With reaches opening up to a mile wide, creeks to explore, riverside pubs, wildlife, scenery and suberb tidal sailing it's an opportunity not to miss! Find out more and sign up now.

The Solent Annual Race and Rally has gone live for registration and 'early bird' discounts. This year we hope we have made the Annual Race and Rally the best value for money yet.

This year, we will be having Christmas in the summer involving Father Christmas outfits and beards (women only). Otherwise, there will be the usual picnic cruises (weather permitting) perhaps a race, poems and pints, sing-songs and general fun.

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    Editor's update: 16 July

    Thankyou to those who have sent reports of summer sailing activities, the Norfolk Raid for small boats, sailing in the Bristol Channel and crossing to Holland in a 19 foot gaffer are all in the News section. Around 60 boats to be joining the Dutch 10th Anniversary 'Cross Country Tour' at the end of the month and we'll be bringing updates via 'Sailing by'. There's more events to look forward to in August around the Areas. If you're a member, send in reports to keep the website up-to-date and if you like what you see around the site, the OGA is keen to welcome new members, so why not think about joining us at an event during the 2014 sailing season?

    OGA Editor
    OGA Membership Secretary