We are sad to announce that Paul Skentleberry, the renown Plymouth boat builder, died at St Lukes Hospice on the 1st November. At least one and quite often more of his boats his boats have come to our Rally each year demonstrating the quality of his workmanship.
We have now awoken from our autumnal hibernation to get on with ensuring that next years Rally will be excellent with the inevitable past glitches resolved. Don’t hesitate to contact us with your views concerning improvements or even to express satisfaction with our efforts. We would welcome feedback. Next years Rally for your diary note is from 25th to 28th July ’14.
In 2012 we marked the 25th anniversary of Plymouth Classic Boat Rally and to celebrate this momentous occasion the sun shone down on us throughout. A fine wind also blew giving us two days of good racing in and around the Sound. And for entertainment we were really fortunate that the Barbican International Jazz and Blues Festival synchronised their event with ours.
Preparations for this year’s Rally are well in hand and being optimists we are expecting the sun to shine down on us again this year. But sadly it did not shine on our finances last year and we can no longer wish away the inflationary pressures again this year. To keep the Rally viable entry fees will have to rise although still keeping us arguably one of the best value for money friendly boaty Rallies around. See page “Join the Rally” for details.
The Old Gaffers Association has reached the age of 50 this year and to celebrate the occasion they have arranged a Round Britain Challenge starting from Maldon, Essex, where the OGA started, then calling in at the Hamble. Thereafter the only official stopover on the South Coast before the Scillies is Plymouth. Next stop Milford Haven. At the moment between 40 – 50 boats are expected arriving 8th May. They will gather local boats as part of a Round Britain Rally going from one stop to the next. So South West Gaffers’ boats will increase the flotilla as it sails off on 9th May to the Scillies making a fine spectacle during a parade of sail round the Sound before leaving. Details at www.oga50.org Any local gaff rigged boats not part of the OGA would also be welcome. Please contact us now and we will make arrangements for you.
South West Gaffers, formerly Devon Gaffers, the local branch of the OGA and Plymouth Classics have joined forces. They have partnered the Classics for the past two years and hope to continue to do so.
Sutton Harbour our main sponsors have been very supportive again this year and will be providing berthing and all the facilities for the Rally. And we have been very fortunate to also receive generous sponsorship from Plymouth Waterfront Partnership and Destination Plymouth as well as Cobbles Ices. This has helped greatly and also allowed us to make arrangements for a festival of music which have progressed very well. We have a fine lie up of musicians and musical groups who will be providing a weekend festival of music for all (see updates).
As part of the Port of Plymouth Regatta we will be meeting again this year in the Royal Plymouth Corinthian Yacht Club. Again we are sure they will want to ply us with good reasonably priced ale this year, as well as reasonably priced tasty food. So it’s looking good. We just need that jet stream up there to move northwards to let us have a fine sunny sailing season.
Assistance with berthing will be laid on and also if boat owners wish we can arrange help to get you through the lock and into the harbour. If assistance to come through is required please let us know by e-mail beforehand so we can arrange direct VHF communication on the day to be there when needed.