East Coast


View from a drone: 'Rely' and 'Sotra'

'Rely' takes the cup
©George Hutley

Kevin Jay has kindly shared his drone footage with the OGA, featuring two boats on the passage back home from Brightlingsea after the OGA August Classics Cruise, 2017. Scroll down to see the video of 'Rely', based in Titchmarsh and Netherlands member, 'Sotra', based in Dordrecht.

Look out for more photos and reports of this successful event in the next couple of weeks. Meanwhile, browse the first few photos in the Gallery here. We're also grateful to Sandy Miller for sharing some of his photos with us.

Summary report

Saturday 12 August, 2017 found East Coast gaffers and their Bermudan friends making passage to Ipswich Dock for the start of their annual Classics Cruise. This year, the format was different with the fleet sailing south to finish in Brightlingsea at the end of the week.

After the usual regatta with fun and games in the Wet Dock, Ipswich, the Sailing Barge 'Victor' left her berth across the dock and moored at the hammerhead enabling the gathered gaffers to board from their pontoons for an excellent meal aboard. On Monday, the fleet sailed to Walton Backwaters to enjoy an evening ashore at Stone Point, then on to West Mersea for Tuesday evening. The popular 'Crazy Race' from last year was re-named 'Gafferteering' and proved to be great fun with buoys to 'bag' for points in the Wallet, Colne and Blackwater finishing with an evening barbecue on Osea Island.

Thursday morning found the bleary-eyed gaffer fleet arriving at Heybridge Basin for an early lock in at 0700. After a day to recover in Maldon there was a 'drink as much as you like' brewery tour! A firm favourite, with plenty of entrants, is the Two Rivers race which includes the Junior Helm, Lady Helm and Lady Skipper events. The race ended with the fleet anchoring in the Pyefleet, with plans for a Safari Supper. By mid afternoon, the wind had increased significantly though and the organisers succeeded in securing moorings for all in Brightlinsea, where the Safari Supper was a resounding success.

On Saturday, the winds were still howling and only three boats set out for the President's Race, the final event of the week, before the prizegiving and supper at Colne Sailing Club.

23 Aug 2017