The SWOG was originally a cruiser racing series aimed at those who were looking for longer passage races, but over the course of time it had rather faded away. But it’s now been back for its eighth year in its new format. Although it still includes the opportunity for racing there hasn't been any for several years! Now it has become a cruising event with perhaps greater emphasis on the snack product and the social programme than on gybe angles. The series includes destinations from those that are easily reached in a few hours to those that are up to 100nm away to hopefully provide a mix of venues to suit the bigger boats but also to encourage the participation of the novice and smaller boats. It's not just for sailing boats either. Motor boats are more than welcome to come along and join in the fun.


The basic format for each weekend away is that on the previous Wednesday evening those interested meet at the Club to discuss the weekends plans. There are always lots of experienced sailors there who are only too happy to share pilotage and planning tips. Groups of boats often agree to lock out together and travel in company to the destination. On the Friday night any overnight racers set off followed by the day racers and cruising fleet on the Saturday morning. The plan is that everybody arrives at the chosen destination on the Saturday afternoon and meets up at the quayside for an informal gathering that will almost certainly include wine and possibly cheese.


Everybody then returns to Cardiff on the Sunday, either racing or cruising. Often boats take the opportunity to take a couple of extra days and possibly set off a day ahead and come back on the Monday or Tuesday.


This year sees not only a repeat of the SWOG+ but also the  SWOG++ The former is a nine day cruise around the Bristol Channel from 21st to 29th July. The exact destinations will be decided nearer the time but might well take in Clovelly, Padstow, Lundy, Dale and Tenby. The SWOG++ is a two week cruise from 14th to 29th July hopefully taking in the Isles of Scilly.


The dates for the 2018 SWOG weekends are already announced and this year we will be taking in Watchet, Bristol, Oxwich, Lundy, Portishead and Tenby.  


5th – 7th May



via Porlock

26th- 28th May



via Portishead

16th - 17th June



21th – 25 th June



28th - 29th July



11th - 12th August



25th - 27th August




For the modest fee of £15 it will be difficult to resist I should have thought. You get free eventwear and the chance to buy extra and there will be more goodies as well! The series is suitable for pretty much anyone who wants to cruise in a bit of company under power or sail, or those who want either short day passage races or even longer races of 100 miles or so.


If you are interested in taking part then you need to enter now. Its easiest to do this online from the website where all the details will be published when they come available. If you want more information about the event or would to register an interest or like an email update of plans then email to swog@cbyc.co.uk or visit the SWOG page on the website.