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Dolphin mirror image by Edgar Wagemakers

The OGA Photography Competition is open to all members of the OGA. Closing date is 1 December, but please try to get you entries in early. All entries must be submitted online via the OGA website, read on for more details and links to the submission forms and guidance notes.

'Soteria' and 'Vilma' fire cannon

A flagship event in the North Wales OGA calendar, now in it's 8th year, the Holyhead Traditional Sail Festival always attracts members of the public and boat owners to an enjoyable weekend. This year was no different, with a lifeboat, steam launch, parade of sail, sea battle and entertainment over the three days. Look out for a full report in the December Gaffers Log.

Advance notice of the OGA AGM, Saturday 17 January 2015 at Fox Excel, London.

In 2014, 'Sailing by' has been gathering more historic 'tales of sail' with a particular focus on the Netherlands as the Dutch OGA celebrate their 10th anniversary. 30 English boats joined the Dutch and Belgian fleet for the Netherlands OGA 'Cross Country Tour' 2014. Browse the stories from the Tour, with historic references, on 'Sailing by'.

OGA Solent Area presentation to Hamble Sea Scouts, 2014

The second award from the OGA Youth Fund has been presented to the Hamble Sea Scouts by the Solent Area Committee. The Sea Scouts sail the gaff cutter 'Stonechat' and help with her maintenance.

To the jib sheet

The OGA 2014 Photo Competition closing date is 30 November, so there's still time to submit your photos, click through for details . . . The winners of the National Historic Ships UK 2014 Photography competition, were announced on 21 October where the OGA was represented as sponsors.

Spirit of the Regatta

As the evenings draw in and winter approaches, we're invited by the organisers of the sixth biennial Classic Channel Regatta to think about sailing plans for 2015. Registration is now open, bringing together an international fleet of classic yachts racing from Dartmouth to Paimpol, the Round Brehat Race and passage race to Guernsey and finishing with the Round Sark Race.

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    Editor's update: 26 October

    As the clocks go back, we can reflect on a very successful sailing season for all the OGA Areas. Please remember to sort out your best photos for the OGA Photo Competition. Although the closing date is 1 December, it's worth getting your entries in early via the entry form on the OGA website. We're also looking for members to help build up the number of boats in the Online Boat Register, so let us know if you're interested in joining the team. 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?

    OGA Editor
    OGA Membership Secretary