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As fitting out gets underway, take a look at the events planned for the early season and register now to help organisers with their planning. Visit the Events section for full details.

If you're not a member, why not think about joining us now?

Boats leaving the hard at Tollesbury

East Coast gaffers are once again taking up the invitation from Tollesbury for a small boat event on 2 - 3 May, 2015. Its the perfect place for classic dinghies and smacks boats early in the season. The weekend looks to be even better than last year, so why not join us?

A biennial event in which 1600 or so boats of all different shapes and sizes sail around the Golfe du Morbihan, Brittany. Will you be taking your boat across?

Early May sees the St George’s Day Trophy – two days of racing for original and replica Pilot Cutters, but open to all gaff-rigged craft. The organisers are keen to see as many pilot cutters, gaffers, luggers and other traditional boats as possible so read on for details.

Cruise in Company with the OGA this summer! OGA President Sean Walsh brings an Easter update for the West Cork cruise, muster in Kinsale, 17 July and enjoy a warm Irish welcome at the Glandore Classic Regatta before cruising stunningly beautiful and safe anchorages. Registration remains open, so why not think about joining us now?

Cruise in Company with the OGA this summer! Read the Easter update with news of the Cruise from Yarmouth IoW to St Malo, Brittany and back to join the French OGA rally celebrating the arrival of the famous gaff schooner 'La Recouvrance', 4 August 2015.

In 2014, 'Sailing by' gathered historic 'tales of sail' with a particular focus on the Netherlands as the Dutch OGA celebrated 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.

Join the Cornish Maritime Trust as a crewmember on 'Barnabas' on her round Britain challenge in the wake of the Cornish drift-net fishing fleet of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Read on for more details, how to take part and where to see this historic vessel during the summer 2015.

With two Cruises in Company planned for 2015, off West Cork, Ireland and across the English Channel to France, we bring up-to-date details and a short video capturing highlights of the Dutch tour, 2014, filmed from East Coast boat 'Kajan'.

If you're involved in the Duke of Edinburgh scheme, find out about doing your Gold residential aboard the Edwardian racing yacht 'Duet' this summer with the Cirdan Sailing Trust.

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    Editor's update: 28 March 2015

    Area Officers are busy making plans for the 2015 Programme which gets started in May. There's events for small boats on the Thames, the East Coast and France as well as the Yarmouth Old Gaffers Festival (YOGAFF) and St George's Day Trophy. Browse the Events section for up-to-date information and sign up early to give organisers an idea of participant numbers. The number of boats published in the online Boat Register is growing steadily, with nearly 850 now available to browse. Many don't have photos and there's lots more to do, so let us know if you're interested in helping 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?

    OGA Editor
    OGA Membership Secretary