OGA fleet gathers for Sou’ by Sou’ West Cruise, 2017

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The OGA Cruise in Company is gathering in Yarmouth, Isle of Wight, in preparation to sail south west to meet with fellow gaffers in Devon and Cornwall. Fierce storms are beating up the channel with a likely delay to their start . . .

The Sou’b’Souwest team is finally assembled in Yarmouth tonight [21 July] – at least some of it. The weather has been very wet and winds challenging today. Tomorrow looks better. ‘Carlotta’, ‘Harbinger’, ‘Gwenili’, ‘Betty 2’ and ‘Corncockle’ are planning to try for Weymouth on the ebb tomorrow but given the others have been held back in Cowes and Hamble, we may try and link up in Studland.

We hear from organisers Ben Collins, Paul Jolley and John Gallagher that around 30 boats are hoping to muster along the south coast to make passage south west to Brixham and on towards Plymouth. Up to another 30 South West Gaffers are hoping to meet the fleet there.

The planned rendezvous at Weymouth on Saturday 22 July was postponed as we hear from Ben on ‘Betty II’ on passage from Yarmouth, Isle of Wight 0800 Sunday 23 July.

Well it started off wet and squally!  And so our boats were dispersed along the coast from Solent to Weymouth as the strong and hearty sailed forth while the wise and prudent looked for shelter! The Hardiest made it through the tumbling overfalls of St Albans point manning the pumps along the Jurassic coast! Others like me took the calmer option. Luncheon in Studland Bay as the black clouds and drenching rains spilled in.
Now us Slackers are waiting for tide and wind to take us westward to Weymouth where the Brazen tell me they are resting. Wind 4-5 against us! Could be wet. See you later, the sun is shining!
Good winds all, Ben

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