Chough TJP0936The first ever ‘Old Gaffers’ race was held on the Solent in 1959, with just 13 boats. A similar race was held on the East Coast of England in 1963 and the growing success of these early races, open to gaff rig boats, led to the formation of the Old Gaffers Association.

Old Gaffers have been invited to join Cowes Classics Week for a number of years, and the event has garnered unqualified support from a number of regular competitors including Chough, Sepia and Winifred (Chough pictured on right).

In 2013, two Howth 17s made the trip from Ireland to join us.

In 2015, we issued specific invitations to larger boats and this led to the formation of two fleets, one for the smaller boats and a new fleet for the larger boats.

In 2016, it is intended that both fleets will race a 5 race series with one race per day from Monday to Friday, with inshore races starting and finishing on the Royal London Yacht Club shoreline in Cowes harbour, with courses designed specifically for the sailing characteristics of the gaff-rigged boat.

Handicapping

The event uses the Solent Old Gaffers Association T(H)F system which is administered by the Solent OGA. For further information download the Boat Registration Handicapping Form from the OGA website.

Trophies

David Hopkins TJP4397The smaller boats compete for the Old Gaffers model, an historic model from the Royal London Yacht Club collection. This was won by David & Christine Hopkins in Chough in the last two years (photo on right is of David Hopkins being presented with the model by Mike Lilwall of Charles Stanley).

The larger boats, which in 2015 included Polly Agatha, Beeleigh and Carlotta, race for the Caprice 1/2 model.

 

Beeleigh OldGafferBeeleigh

A 1913 Fred Shepherd gaffer.

Link: Beeleigh on Amokura: a classic boat archive.

Carlotta OldGafferCarlotta

Carlotta, a Heard 28.

A replica Falmouth workboat.

Chough TJP6612Chough

Link: Classic Boat magazine on Chough.

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Polly AgathaPolly Agatha

Polly Agatha is a Bristol Channel Pilot Cutter and we are delighted that she is joining Charles Stanley Cowes Classics Week for the first time in 2015.

 

Sepia TJP7193

Sepia

Memory.

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WinifredWinifred TJP6665

Herreshoff Half-Rater.

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Howth 17Howth17 TJP6632

Link: Howth Yacht Club.

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COWES CLASSICS WEEK SPONSORS

It is only with the generous support of Charles Stanley Direct as lead sponsor that we can offer such a high standard of racing. We are also deeply grateful to our other loyal sponsors for their generous commitments.

Classic Boat Magazine
Haines Boatyard
Harken
Red Funnel Ferries
Winkworth Estate Agency
Kendalls Fine Art Gallery
Charles Stanley Direct
Cowes Harbour Commission
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