Harbour hosts historical Old Gaffers

Gaffer boats in Eyemouth Harbour. 16 of the traditional sailing vessels from Old Gaffer's Association arrived in Eyemouth Harbour stopping for two nights on a the Round Britain Challenge
Gaffer boats in Eyemouth Harbour. 16 of the traditional sailing vessels from Old Gaffer's Association arrived in Eyemouth Harbour stopping for two nights on a the Round Britain Challenge

Sixteen traditional sailing vessels downed anchor at Eyemouth Harbour last week during their Round Britain Challenge.

The historical boats were from the Old Gaffers Association, which is sailing around the UK to celebrate its 50th birthday and mark five decades of preserving the traditional gaff rig.

A ‘gaffer’ boat is a vessel with a gaff rig - where the main sail has four sides rather than the triangles you see on most modern boats.

The ‘gaff’ is the wooden pole across the top of the sail. This type of rig was largely replaced in the early 20th century by the triangular Bermudan rig, which was thought more efficient.

A few days after the gaffers moved on, the harbour was again full of visiting vessels, when 15 Dutch yachts arrived on Saturday. Oceanpeople stopped 
off at Eyemouth for one night on their Round 
Britain Adventure.