Australian Wooden Boat Festival 2015

Wednesday 18 February 2015 river cruise

For our club night on February 18th 2015 we will be doing a 2 hour cruise of the river and docklands on board the Blackbird. We will board at the ferry terminal, bottom of Saltriver Place Melways ref: 42 E5, at 7.15pm for a 7.30 departure (please be on time).

Blackbird will only carry 30, so booking is essential and this can be done on the website. BYO drinks and nibbles. Cost will be $15.00 per head, payable on boarding.

Places are limited so book early.

Register here

Christmas Lunch and The Amazing Raid

 You’re invited to the join with other members and friends of the Wooden Boat Association at the WBA Christmas Lunch, on Sunday 7th December, 12.30PM at Albert Park Sailing Club, and then join in the fun of The Amazing Raid.

Find out more, and register here

The President's report

Time and tide wait for no man ... and the time seems to run faster the closer we come to Christmas !! Is it already four weeks since my last report?

Our club night in October was attended by interested parties who were going to Nagambie and David Stott  outlined the proposed itinerary which he had arranged with the assistance of local WBA members  Russell and Margaret Hurran . Many thanks to David and the Hurrans for their arrangements.

David's report of the weekend is included in Shavings ... however let me just say that a great time was had by all on and off the water and this year we were not evacuated by floods!

David O'Dempsey (a new member) was prevailed upon to give a a talk about his boats which entertained us and he brought his "Rifleman" power boat to Nagambie on Sunday ... a beautifully clear finished construction.

Our next Club night, on the 19th of November, will be hosted by Paul Rubera, with a "hands on " interaction of knot tying for both practical and decorative purposes. A light supper will be provided.

Penny Braybrook will be OOD for the Werribee river trip on the 23 November and an introduction to this is also further in Shavings. This is a good opportunity for some of the Geelong members to join us on the water.

Prepare for the WBA Christmas party - 7 December at APYC.  Keep an eye on the web site for any updates prior to then but there will be water-based activities arranged by Peter Batchelor (more information elsewhere on the website).

Safe sailing all,
Chris Kelly.

Brian GatehouseBryan Gatehouse:  Crossing the Bar

It is with sadness that I have to report the passing of Bryan on the 18 September 2014 .

His involvement with the WBA and the wider boating community will be remembered and his presence missed at our meetings.

On behalf of the WBA our condolences go to his wife Diana and family.

Call for contributions

Have you recently had a great day on the water, voyaged from A to B successfully, or completed a small project such as a locker lid or new spar? Our members would love to hear about it!

Please send a short paragraph and a picture to the Shavings Editor, preferably by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , so that we can include your account in Shavings.

We also encourage members to share their achievements and experiences at club nights. Bring along photos, drawings or examples and feel welcome to talk about these as part of the meeting.

The WBA in action

Watch a short video made by two of the WBA's younger members, Amelia and William Batchelor, of some of the WBA members at the 2013 Begonia festival.

About the Wooden Boat Association

Wooden Boat AssociationThe Wooden Boat Association was formed in 1989 for people who enjoy wooden boats and wooden boat building.

Members appreciate wooden boats for their aesthetic qualities, the beauty of the boats and the materials from which they are constructed, and the pure romance of wooden boats.
In this age of mass production, each wooden boat is as individual as her owner.


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