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

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.

The Golowan Maritime Festival organisers have asked us to invite OGA members to this event. In previous years the festival has attracted craft from Germany, France, Russia and across the Atlantic. The festival aims to promote an awareness of traditional craft, both working and leisure.

Frits van der Mark sailed with the Dutch OGA Netherlands Tour fleet in 2014, on board 'Gwenili', one of the English participant's yachts. His article originally appeared in the Dutch magazine 'Spiegel der Zeilvaart' and has been translated into English, by Frits, for publication here.

Marine Quarterly cover

What about a subscription to Marine Quarterly, as a seasonal gift for sailing friends and family? There's a special offer for OGA members who wish to subscribe.

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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