OGA50 EVENT IN THE HAMBLE
May 4 - 6th, 2013
Hamble Welcomes the OGA 50 RBC and Relay boats
Three Dutch boats, Windbreker, Vlieter and Windlflower had arrived in the Hamble on Friday 3rd May when Roma pottered down to see who was on the Harbour Master Visitor’s pontoon, and by Saturday afternoon four more had joined them, together with one, but very important East Coast Boat, Bonify, belonging to Sue Lewis and Howard Wheelton. They had crossed over the night before from Le Havre, whilst the other East Coast Boats who had left with Bonify a couple of weeks earlier had decided to make straight for the West Country, given favourable winds. These boats were also joined by the local Solent OGA members who were joining the fleet to continue on the Round Britain and Relay cruises.
On Saturday morning some of our local Solent members had volunteered to take members of the RAFYC , who had not sailed in a gaffer before, out for an hour or two in the Solent. It was a brisk F5 but nevertheless they all had a good time on Susan J, Beagle of Woodbridge and Passager.
On Saturday evening the Solent Gaffers and our visitors gathered in the RAFYC bar before all sitting down to an delicious supper, and the evening afterwards was further livened up by George Beckett and The Blunt instruments playing 1960’s and 70’s good dancing music. They were joined by Else Wagermakers, from Windbreker, who loved the music and who also had a really good singing voice.
On Sunday morning all the boats taking part in this event dressed overall and lined up with our RBC and Relay Boats on the Harbour Master’s pontoon so that when HRH Prince Michael of Kent passed by on board Tahilla, a Dunkirk Little Ship skippered by Jerry Lewis, a Solent OGA member, we could attract his attention as he had agreed to acknowledge the OGA at 50 years on this occasion. We hooted, tooted and blew all available horns to attract the attention of HRH, and Mike Brackstone playing his Gafferphone brought a smile to HRH and he duly gave us a wave. He continued down to Southampton Water on Tahilla with a flotilla of three other Dunkirk Little Ships plus the Steam Tug Challenge, and made his way to Ocean Terminal to open the Southampton Maritime Festival and have lunch on board the SS Shieldhall.
Most of the OGA boats at Hamble sailed up Southampton Water after an early lunch to provide a parade of sail for HRH , doing a close sail by the SS Shieldhall two or three times with everything up and sailing well, also showing off to the public who were at the Maritime Festival.
The boats all then headed back down to the Solent, and the RBC and Relay boats continued on their way towards the West Country and Plymouth to the next planned OGA50 event.
Boats that planned to attend...
Annabel J (Hamble)
Beagle of Woodbridge (Hamble)
Betty II (Keyhaven)
Cine Mara (Schermer)
East Breeze (Southampton)
Helen of Hamble (Hamble)
High Barbaree (Bucklers Hard)
Lily (Stone, Essex)
Leonora III (Enkhuizen)
Lone Wolf (Yarmouth)
Moon River (Shoreham}
Polly Agatha (Cowes)
Ruach (Newport IoW)
Susan J (Poole)