OGA fleet is Plymouth bound

'Hester' hosts a party of gaffers at Ditsum
©Ben Collins

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A small flotilla of OGA boats from the East Coast and Solent Areas departed Yarmouth, Isle of Wight earlier this week to sail westwards. They're headed Sou' by Sou'West to meet up with Gaffers from the Bristol Channel, Netherlands and South West this weekend. After a later than planned start, on Sunday 23 July, 2017, there was a farewell party from the Solent in Weymouth with a glimpse of sunshine.

After an enjoyable two days sail from Yarmouth, the OGA fleet gathers in Brixham and relax aboard 'Vigilance'. We hear from Ben Collins he has caught fresh mackerel for lunch!

On 26 July, at 1700, after braving F7 westerlies from Brixham, 'Betty II' (the Admiral) is followed into Dartmouth by 'Hester', 'Carlotta' and half a dozen more Gaffers. Ben reports:

We came into Dartmouth in F7 winds from the SW I'm told. Seemed OK to me but some of us took a bttering! It now looks as though we will be stormbound on the River Dart Thursday and Friday (things can change). Have arranged provisionally to go to Dittisham to weather the gale. Saturday looks like the next weather window.

The rest of the fleet are scattered along the South West coast from Padstow to Salcombe . . . all hoping to reach Plymouth by the weekend.

On Thursday 27th, with the weather closing in, the fleet in Dartmouth decide to move up river to Dittisham to sit out the storm and 'Hester' hosts a party of gaffers arriving by flubber. Meanwhile, further westwards 'East Breeze' spots 'Corncockle' as she heads into the Tamar and by today, Friday 28th there's a growing gaffer fleet arriving in Plymouth: 'Susan J', 'Periwinkle', 'Arriana', 'Annabelle', 'East Breeze', 'Corncockle', 'Aeolus', 'Ester' and 'Thumble'.

To find more detailed reports visit 'Sailing by' which is updated with regular reports from the fleet, linked with historic 'tales of sail'.

Published: 
28 Jul 2017