Gaffers in the Bay

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This series is for anyone who wants to sail in company in Cardiff Bay on a Thursday afternoon/evening from April to the end of September. Sailing nominally starts at around 17.00 followed by a meal/drink and chat in the CBYC Bar. Boats sail a fixed course using the existing marks in the bay and time themselves.

It ideally suits people and boats who may not normally race but enjoy a good and sometimes exhilarating sail in company. There is a big emphasis on having a good time and enjoying yourself.

This group has been going since 2014 and most are members of the Bristol Channel Area (BCA) of the OGA, the Association for Gaff Rigged boats. There is no entry fee and all boats are welcome but handicaps are calculated according to the T(H)CF formula for Gaff rigged boats. There is a need to be registered, come along on a Thursday and listen or call on VHF Channel M from around 17.00 or just turn up and join in.


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The BCA also run other events in Cardiff Bay and in the Bristol Channel, including day cruises in company. A full list of BCA events can be found on the OGA website, https://www.oga.org.uk/ follow the link to Events at the top of the page on the OGA Home page.

From October to end of March we usually meet on a weekly basis in the Quarterdeck Bar at 19.15 hrs on a Wednesday evening for a drink, chat and maybe a meal.

The group uses WhatsApp to communicate with each other, to be added to the list or want more information contact:- rogerwallington@yahoo.co.uk.