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The Old Gaffers Association 50th Anniversary Regatta in Ramsgate, 3rd August, 2013

Pictured left to right while speeches were being made: The Lord-Lieutenant, Laura Sandys MP, Lady De L’Isle and Robert Holden, Event Organiser.

Pictured left to right, while speeches were being made: The Lord-Lieutenant, Laura Sandys MP, Lady De L’Isle and Robert Holden, Event Organiser.

The Old Gaffers Association (OGA), which celebrates and promotes gaff rigged craft, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year by holding a number of events around the United Kingdom and in Europe involving all its branches.

The event in Ramsgate was held on 2-4th August, with a number of vessels moored in the inner harbour. Ramsgate was granted the status of a Royal harbour by King George IV in 1824, the only harbour to hold the honour.

The Lord-Lieutenant, visited the OGA and received a letter from the Association to Her Majesty The Queen, for onward transmission to Buckingham Palace.

St Augustine landed at Ramsgate en route to Canterbury in 597. For the OGA 50th Anniversary celebration a letter from the Dean of Canterbury was brought by water from Canterbury to Ramsgate,  by the OGA, for onward passage to Cowes, where the main event is being held 15-18 August.

During the events OGA has been raising money to support the RNLI. The Lord-Lieutenant in his speech said “The RNLI is manned entirely by Volunteers and receives no Government support. Every sailor who puts to sea should support the RNLI, as lifeboat crews are selfless, dependable trustworthy and courageous in saving lives and vessels at sea and we all owe them a debt”.

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