Cowes. OGA Jubilee Celebrations

A week in Cowes celebrating our Jubilee. Approx 240 boats and crew attended, making in total over 1000 gaffers and friends enjoying activities on the water for young and old alike. Clog racing, sculling competitions, blindfolded rowing and many more. On the Friday lunchtime 20 boats were sent around a course started by the Royal Yacht Squadron – what an honour and a privilege for those boats taking part. Let the images tell the story…

The Start from the RYS at Cowes
The Start from the RYS at Cowes
Stomping along
Stomping along
Blowing Force 6/7 .. Windy..
Blowing Force 6/7 .. Windy..
Out of my way ????
Out of my way ????
Gaffers racing enthusiatically
Gaffers racing enthusiatically
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Preparing for Cowes

Come see the boats

Come see the boats

Just afew days to go now before the Cowes gathering. Just hope the weather holds up see http://www.oga50.org for more details.

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Cowes { Isle of Wight } August 15th – 18th

Bonita - Built in 1888 in Arnside Cumbria

Bonita – Built in 1888 in Arnside Cumbria

The largest gathering of Gaff Rigged Boats will soon be arriving in Cowes for the OGA’S Jubilee Celebrations including Bonita {image above } who was the oldest gaff rigged boat to go “Round the Top ” Well done Bonita!

Bonita off Mallaig.  West coast of Scotland

Bonita off Mallaig, west coast of Scotland

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Newcastle Tyne and Wear

Part of the fleet at Quayside
Part of the fleet at Quayside
Bonita's crew at their daily foto shoot!!!!
Bonita's crew at their daily foto shoot!!!!
Mike Shaw OGA President at the blessing of the fleet .
Mike Shaw OGA President at the blessing of the fleet

At Newcastle the RBC fleet and accompanying local Working Boats and Relay Boats gathered for a few days of R/R on the Town Quay in the centre of the rejuvenated water front, originally the docks. On Sunday morning the the High Sheriff of Tyne and Wear George Scott read verses from Psalm 107 with the Reverend Timothy Duff offering the Address. Following this short ceremony, which was accompanied by the flute-playing daughter of the Reverend, a reception was held in the Copthorne Hotel where a prizegiving was made for the best presented RBC boat and the Local working boat.

The Fleet now heads off down the east coast to Grimsby

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Inverness to Eyemouth via Anstruther

Skippers and crew viewing the presentation of "Reaper"
Skippers and crew viewing the presentation of "Reaper"
Puffins come to have a look
Puffins come to have a look
One man and his dog
One man and his dog
Presenting "Reaper" for the Museum to the former Chair of the Historical Ship Society, as you will perhaps recognise him!!
Presenting "Reaper" for the Museum to the former Chair of the Historical Ship Society, as you will perhaps recognise him!!
Reaper in her dimple bottle presented to the the museum in Anstruther
Reaper in her dimple bottle presented to the the museum in Anstruther

Leaving Tantina II at Inverness, the next part of my RBC was by train to Anstruther. On this part of the journey I was carrying the Scottish Token, a scale model of Reaper housed in a Dimple bottle and sealed with an original cork, which I will present to the The Scottish Fisheries Museum in Anstruther. As I was now “Boatless” Windbreker offered me a berth and sail to Eyemouth. We sailed to Mays Island where Edgar attempted to catch fish for dinner. He is a better sailor than a fisherman.

In the afternoon we set sail for Eyemouth with a good blow and 2 reefs in the main. “Windbreker” sped across the sea at a cracking 7.9 knots. Luckily Edgar trusted me with the helm which was a wonderful experience.

Monday morning came and I departed for the Lakes and home for a few days before joining “Syene” over the weekend in Newcastle.

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Shetland to Inverness via Wick / Cromarty

An escort for a few minutes - about 6 of them!
An escort for a few minutes – about 6 of them!
The restored Herring fishing vessel " Isabella Fortuna" Wick Harbour
The restored herring fishing vessel "Isabella Fortuna", Wick Harbour
A view astern on Tantina!!
A view astern on Tantina!!
Scurrying along the Coast Line
Scurrying along the Coast Line

The next stage of our journey began in Scalloway on our way South for the first time, heading towards the Scottish main land. The trip was fairly uneventful and we anchored on the Orkneys overnight before heading for Wick. Entering Wick harbour with 3 inches of water underneath the Keel ineveitably we touched bottom for a few minutes just on the spot that had not been dredged. However soon ashore and hungry went off for a meal, the next morning meeting the Harbour master who waived mooring fees as we were on a Charity for the RNLI. He arranged a tour of the “Isabella Fortuna” a restored Herring fishing vessel. Meeting with the Cox of the Lifeboat we duly got our forms signed.

Heading South the next morning with Naiad leading off first, we passed the Pentland Firth and headed towards Inverness. Stopping off at Cromarty where Neal was already ensconsed we arrived at 10.30pm and with some difficulty finaly got mooored up on a fishing vessel and then, desperate for a pint, managed to enter the pub on closing time!! However in the night, the tide , as it does, decided to send approx 8 knots of water scurrying around us. Most uncomfortable and we were glad to get out of there before entering the Lock system to the Caledonian Canal. At this stage Naiad and Tantina II decided to withdraw from the RBC, leaving me with no boat. I decided to stay a night with my brother in Nairn before catching the train and bus to Anstruther.

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Stromness (Orkney) to Scalloway (Shetland Isles)

An almost 24-hour journey took us from the Orkneys to the Shetlands. At the beginning the seas were particularly confused and big which made the first couple of hours very uncomfortable. Eventually settling down we encountered northerlies once more, although the forecast said the opposite. However we did manage to get the head sail up and contemplated a long night. Once we got into the watch system we went through the night, eventually arriving at 4 in the morning. A couple of “drams” were called for before finally settling into our bunks for some sleep.

This is not a mirage but "Sea Accommodation" for the more adventurous of us.
This is not a mirage but “Sea Accommodation” for the more adventurous of us.
A very flat calm sea. Difficult to describe!!
A very flat calm sea. Difficult to describe!!
A native welcome at a local festival in Lerwick - friendly enough though.
A native welcome at a local festival in Lerwick – friendly enough though.
Scalloway harbour
Scalloway harbour
On the Pontoon at Scalloway
On the Pontoon at Scalloway

In Scalloway tonight the crews from the other boats (Windbreker, Naiad, Tantina II, Minstrel, and a local boat Larry) will have a meal together in Scalloway. The Admiral of the Fleet and his wife, although being on the Island, unfortunately will not be joining us.

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