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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.

National Coastwatch Station, Gosport

David Russell, Station PR Officer at the National Coastwatch station in Gosport, has provided information about an important new development for lookout stations. This is a national operation with over 50 lookout stations around the UK.

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'.

As the sailing season comes to a close, 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 of last year's winners and think about who should take the trophies in 2014. Send your nominations for 2014 to the Secretary, Sue Lewis.

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.

Maritime Woodbridge, 2014

The weather has continued to be kind on the East Coast where OGA members joined in with two locally organised events: Maldon Town Regatta and Maritime Woodbridge. Both Woodbridge, on the River Deben, and Maldon, on the River Blackwater have a long maritime heritage and these events keep the traditions alive.

Dolphin mirror image by Edgar Wagemakers

In the September Gaffers Log, we remind members to enter the OGA Photo Competition and nominate fellow members to be rewarded for their achievements with our annual award of Trophies.

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    Editor's update: 3 October

    As the evenings begin to draw in, we can look back on a very successful sailing season for all the OGA Areas. As you reflect on what's been going on in your own Area, please remember to think about nominations for Association trophies and 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 seeking members to help build up the number of boats in the Online Boat Register, so let us know if ou'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