Round Britain Challenge: 2013

OGA map 2013 by Claudia Myatt
OGA map 2013 by Claudia Myatt

In 2013 the OGA celebrated its 50th anniversary with a ‘Round Britain Challenge’ incorporating many events around the UK and Ireland.

A fleet of gaff-rigged, classic and traditional boats completed a circumnavigation of the UK, participating in events at many ports and harbours on their way, joined by groups of local boats and culminating in a gathering of over 200 boats in Cowes.

The map below provides links to the ports and harbours visited by participating boats. Select the sailing boats, anchors or champagne glasses to find out about passage of vessels, home ports and party venues. Where possible, there are links to blogs and other information from the map pins.

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Browse the Around Britain section for stories from skippers and crews, linked with historic tales of sail.


April 21: Eight boats depart the Netherlands and East Coast of England.
May 4 – 5: More boats join the fleet and depart the Solent after a parade of sail and welcome at the Royal Air Force YC in the Hamble.
May 8 – 9: Welcome at Mayflower Marina, Plymouth with party at Jolly Jacks. Fleet stormbound in Plymouth due to gale force winds.
May 11 – 12: OGA fleet stormbound in Plymouth and miss the weekend party in the Scilly Isles.
May 18 – 19: The fleet assembles at Milford Haven for a Bristol Channel OGA area party.
May 25 – 26: Holyhead welcomes the fleet
May 31 – June 2: Dublin celebrations
June 8 – 9: Belfast celebrations
June 14 – 17: Stornoway party for a small fleet
June 15 – 16: Party at Loch Melfort: depart Oban/Fort William to Inverness via Caledonian Canal
June 21 – 24: Five boats reach Lerwick, Shetland to join local Scottish vessels
July 1: Eyemouth celebrations as the fleet returns to English waters
July 5 – 7: Newcastle gathering in the City centre
July 13 – 14: Grimsby celebrations
July 20 – 30: East Coast Jubilee Cruise: Ipswich to Brightlingsea
August 3 – 4: Ramsgate welcomes the fleet
August 15 – 18: Grand Gathering of Gaffers in Cowes attended by 255 boats and around 1,000 people with racing in the Solent on Friday and Saturday
August/September 2013: vessels return to their home ports in the Netherlands, Belgium, France and all parts of the UK