Solent Gaffers


Newsletter Archive

An spring gathering opportunity for the Solent members

The Judge has announced the 2019 Photo Competition winners! Browse through the Gallery to find who was awarded prizes at the OGA AGM, 12 January, 2020 in Bristol.
Our book reviews have been updated with several new titles. Take a look now and why not send a review of your favourite read to the Editor?

Our Solent Area AGM will take place on Saturday 23rd November 2019 and registration is now open

The OGA will have a stand at the RYA Dinghy Show, 2020. Will you help to promote the Association at the Show?

Join SW Gaffers for a series of celebrations to commemorate 400 years since 'The Mayflower' departed from Dartmouth.



The Solent Area covers the south coast of England from Brighton to Weymouth and includes the Isle of Wight.
Chichester Harbour provides a unique area of safe sailing and anchoring. There are main channels feeding inland to Emsworth, Bosham and to Chichester.
While Poole Harbour towards the west side of the area offers quiet anchorages near to marinas and a busy town
In between these the main area of the Solent offers a wide variety of places to visit and spend time to explore.
Take a while to browse our pages of Events, News and Features to see what is happening and the interesting things and adventures our members get up to sailing in the Solent and beyond.

We can also find us on our Facebook group and page - check out the details HERE  on our website News Page

Here is the link to our latest Spring newsletter- Click HERE



“Solent Gaffers - Cancellation of early 2020 season events

In the light of the current position regarding Covid 19/Coronavirus and the attendant Government regulations, your Committee has no option but to cancel both the 9-10 May gathering at Newtown creek and (with a heavy heart) the 28-31 May Yarmouth Gaffers Regatta. 


Regarding the latter, we were in a position of having to commit money now to event suppliers against a background where both Yacht Club venues we use are currently shut and there remains great uncertainty as to when and how things will ease up enough to allow public gatherings again.  The concurrent Festival of Sea Songs and Shanties has also been cancelled.


The 3 Apr Lymington Harbour walk ashore pontoon opening ceremony referred to in the Spring Newsletter has been cancelled, as have Falmouth Classics. The Round the Island Race has been moved to 26 Sep and Cowes Spring Classics are re-scheduled for 4-6 Sep.


We will continue to review our 2020 programme in the light of developments and keep you informed.


Keep safe out there.”



Jeremy Retford

01666 577883


jeremyretford [at] btinternet [dot] com

THE  2020  SOLENT EVENTS CALENDAR can be downloaded just below here.

An spring gathering opportunity for the Solent members

The 2nd Arnside Conference, building on the success of the first one last year, is postponed until 24 October, 2020. OGA members are warmly invited to attend to hear more about the boats built by Crossfields of Arnside and join in other events over the weekend.

2020 sees the Brest and Douarnenez Festivals in France. Will you be joining the fun?