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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.

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. 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.

OGA press cutting 7 August 2014, Hoorn, Netherlands

The OGA fleet hit the headlines in Hoorn, 7 August 2014, during the Dutch OGA Cross Country Tour celebrating their 10th Anniversary. Read the translation into English and find out a little more about the two boats in the photograph.

Young Gaffers in Dublin Bay

We hear from Tim Magennis, Dublin Bay OGA President, about the success of the inaugural Youth Training Programme for a group of ten students from Mayfield Community School, Cork. The brainchild of OGA President, Sean Walsh, and implemented by members of DBOGA, there are full reports in the September Gaffers Log, but we bring a short overview here.

Register online for the Solent Annual Race and Rally. This year we hope we have made the Annual Race and Rally the best value for money yet.

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    Editor's update: 21 August

    Thankyou to those who have sent reports of summer sailing activities for the Gaffers Log. There are some updates here on the website, with the Log due to arrive on members' doormats mid-September. 62 boats started the Dutch 10th Anniversary 'Cross Country Tour' at Wemeldinge and there are reports on 'Sailing by'. As the sailing season draws to a close, think about nominations for Association trophies and sort out your best photos for the OGA Competition. 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?

    OGA Editor
    OGA Membership Secretary