The Old Gaffers Association

The name says it all, really. Rallies, races and socials for gaff rig enthusiasts, and jolly good stuff too. Their site has some great photos, as you might expect, and some of the best are on their photo competition page. There’s also a calendar of events for 2007.

Pageant of Sail, Wivenhoe, 1968

Now online as part of the British Film Institute’s Britain on Film series in association with the East Anglian Film Archive, this little film of a late 60s event including a race organised by the Old Gaffers’ Association is absolutely charming – and includes what I’m sure is a glimpse of Charles Stock helming Shoal … Continue reading “Pageant of Sail, Wivenhoe, 1968”

Classic Sailor on sailing in the Swale and the famous Swale Match

The latest edition of Classic Sailor magazine has a nice piece about last year’s Swale Match that provides a foretaste of this year’s event on the 29th July. The race is quite an event with 50 entrants in 2016. It has a staggered start at 15-minute intervals including staysail barges, followed by bowsprit barges, gaff rigged yachts under … Continue reading “Classic Sailor on sailing in the Swale and the famous Swale Match”