© Old Gaffers Association November 2013
THE Association for Gaff Rig and Traditional Boat Sailing
The Association is divided into semi-autonomous geographical areas. To find your nearest
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So what's a Gaffer?
Some kind of tape? The chief electrician on a film set?
The Boss? Yes, but in the OGA we think of a gaffer as a boat with a gaff rig -
that's where the main sail has 4 sides rather than the triangles you see on
most modem boats.
The 'gaff is the wooden pole across the top of the sail.
It's a pretty old type of rig, and early in the 20th century it was largely replaced
by the triangular Bermudan rig, which was thought more efficient.
Of course in the OGA we still think gaff is best!!
The Old Gaffers Association: Formed in 1963 to promote Gaff Rig
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The OGA at 50
to see what we did to celebrate our
50th anniversary, click the logo on