Five years will soon have passed since we celebrated our 50th anniversary at Cowes and we are making plans to do it again, only differently, for our 55th next year.
To make sure members from all Areas can participate we are amassing a fund to subsidise travel and/or accommodation for members coming long distances, and to charter some local vessels so everyone can go sailing. This time all the same fun and games but not based in a marina - it will be more like our usual gaffer events where we gather informally in scenic locations. So not Cowes, but up stream in the River Medina where the Folly Inn has offered us use of their many pontoons at a very low rate.
There will be room for as many as 200 boats. No electric or water but use of facilities ashore, including for smaller boats and dinghies. There will be a 'lead in' event for small boats from 11 August. Areas will organise for their members to get to the Isle of Wight, with or without their boats for Thursday 16 August. Some members will already be in the vicinity after joining in a small gaffers cruise in the preceding days or arriving early after cruising there from home ports. NB There will be gaffers to sail even if you don't bring your own!
OGA funds are to be made available for water taxis between the Folly Inn and pontoons, for running the racing and for subsidising places on chartered gaffers. It's got to be Association wide so we'd like to let you know how your Area is planning to participate. Please fill in the expression of interest form (you'll be committed to nothing) and we'll nail down some specifics and let you know more . . .