We're celebrating our 55th anniversary with two rallies in August!
Details of the 'main event', 16 - 19 August, will be updated on this page.
Plans for the 'feeder' event, for dinghies and small boats, 11 - 15 August may be found here.
Why not cruise in company down to Douarnenez Festival and back to Cowes in time for the OGA55 Anniversary?
Find out more about the 'Rolling Snowball' Channel cruise and express interest now!
Members from the East Coast can cruise in company with other members, leaving 1 August.
Programme for the Anniversary Rally
Mooring at the Folly for the event and water taxis are subsidised by the OGA and are covered by your event fee of £40 (£70 non OGA members).
If you arrive early then inform the Berthing Master and you will get a discounted rate for the extra days.
During the event there will be a daily rubbish collection by boat.
Showers and toilets are available in the Folly Inn. We have also arranged a mobile toilet.
Thursday 16 August: Arrivals (HW 04.400 and 16.30)
Booked boats will be shown to their berths by the Berthing Master. Register onshore.
Welcome party at 1700 in Cowes with fizz sponsored by Boatshed. Water taxis will take people from the Folly down and back again.
Evening socialising in the Folly Inn.
Friday 17 August: Friday Funday at the Folly Inn
Onshore Treasure Hunt in the morning.
Water events based at the Folly in the afternoon: river sailing for juniors and adults in smaller boats.
Sculling, rubber flubber sailing, jousting and other river regatta events.
This might also be the day for the OGA55 2018 Sailing "Log" boat Championships
Excursions available: bus trips to Osborne House or the Needles, bikes to hire and explore.
Race briefing for Saturday.
Saturday 18 August: Race Day and Party in Cowes (LW 10.45 HW 18.00)
There will be two races: one in the Solent for larger boats, unballasted smaller boats and dinghies will race a separate, more sheltered course in the Medina River. There will be trip boat places for spectators.
Saturday night party at The Sugar Store, Shepards Wharf, Cowes will start with dinner. Places are limited to 200 on a first booked basis. There are plenty of eateries in Cowes if you are not quick enough. After dinner everyone will gather for the prizegiving followed by the Island Band, The Folsom Prisoners, who are guaranteed to have us all on our feet. The bar will be open throughout.
Water taxis will run from the Folly to Cowes and back as needed.
Sunday 19 August: Departure (HW 06.25 and 19.20)
Boats will depart on Sunday depending on their destination and the tide.