We're celebrating our 55th anniversary with two rallies in August!
Plans for the 'main' event, 16 - 19 August may be found here.
The small boat rally will be a feeder event to the OGA55 celebration and will cater for dinghies and small trailerable gaffers. We will meet at the Folly Inn and moorings, on the River Medina, Saturday 11 August.
Campervans and tents can use the pub field. Your campsite fee is subsidised by the OGA and is included in your event fee of £40, or £60 to include the main event (£70 or £90 for non members).
There are showers and toilets in the Folly Inn and we have arranged a mobile toilet as well.
We have negotiated hostel accommodation with the Medina Valley Centre near Newport. They have 2 ensuite twin rooms, 4 twin rooms and several 4 bunk rooms. Room rates are subsidised by the OGA and are £30 a head for bed and breakfast. The Centre can be reached by water from half tide (improving as we move to Neaps) or by road and they have a slipway. There are a variety of activities available at the centre if you want to arrange them if you do not fancy the organised event on a day.
There are also hotels and bed and breakfasts in the area if you want to book them for yourself.
Boats can be launched at the public slip at the Folly Inn and we have organised for them to stay in the water for the whole event. Larger trailer sailers can berth on the offshore pontoons.
The River Medina itself is good for pottering in a dinghy but we will plan a cruise each day, subject to weather, for those more adventurous. There will be a support boat but Skippers should make their own judgement on destination and weather before deciding to go on a cruise. Equipment carried in the dinghy should be appropriate to the conditions.
The following small boat programme is provisional and flexible and may be rearranged at any time according to weather conditions:
Saturday 11 August (HW 11:17 LW 17:24)
Arrival, registration, launching and get together in the Folly Inn in the evening
Sunday 12 August (HW 12:24 LW 18:11)
Fleet sail to Newport returning on the ebb.
Monday 13 August (HW 1309 LW 18:55)
Solent cruise to Ashlet Creek / Warsash / Calshot. BBQ in the evening.
Tuesday 14 August (HW 13:54 LW 19:36)
Solent cruise to the Beaulieu River.
Wednesday 15 August (HW 14:42 LW 20:18)
Cruise to Osborne Bay. Lunch while moored to anchored 'mother ships'. End of rally dinner in the Folly Inn.