Australian Wooden Boat Festival 2015

The President's report

Hi all, I'm back ! Many thanks to Leigh and Andrew for their action in hosting events in my absence and to Leigh for his  "ersatz" September presidents report ...  good practice!

The club night with Dugga Beazley was well attended and Leigh has written a dissertation on the event which can be viewed further in "Shavings".

Our sailing day at APYC on Sunday 28 of September was an interesting day with strong winds and sunshine. Frank arrived and hauled Begonia out to rig for a sail (jury rigging a jib sail as a boomless mainsail) which worked well in the conditions.
Roger Spooner from Geelong arrived with his 8' clinker dinghy Walnut, built by C. Blunt circa 1910. She was launched and rowed by Roger to a mooring then he joined Frank in Begonia. Penny and Jim checked out the conditions then went to conduct some retail therapy at Bunnings  (Jim was having withdrawal symptoms). Leigh and Kerryn and David and Jan were also there and enjoyed the fellowship.

At our committee meeting it was proposed that we donate to the Alma Doepel restoration project by "buying a plank" for $500.00. As these funds are the club’s and raised by the members, it was felt that the members should have the opportunity to indicate their approval or otherwise before this was done. So, a facility has been set up at the very bottom of the home page for you to "click" on as a yes/no vote, and also offer other suggestions. To prevent spammers this has been configured to only allow votes once logged in. Please do this as we want your input. If you have forgotten your password you can use the “Forgot password” link on the home page to have a password reset emailed to you.

Events coming up are:

  • Club night on Wednesday 22 October. David Stott will outline activity plans for our Nagambie weekend.
  • 25 - 27 October. Nagambie weekend
  • Wednesday 19 November. Don't miss our "get knotted " ropes night with Paul Rubera, back by popular demand to help us untie those knots he left us in last time.
  • Sunday 23 November. Werribee River trip with Penny Braybrook as OOD
  • Sunday 7 December. WBA Christmas Party and sailing day at APYC.

I hope to catch up with you all at the various events.

In a remarkable coincidence, Brian Flewell-Smith and Sue Raisin are both recovering from operations at Epworth Hospital. On behalf of the club members get well soon Sue and Brian!

Cheers, Chris

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.

Alma Doepel plank

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Coming WBA Events

Sun Oct 26
Nagambie weekend away
Mon Oct 27
Nagambie weekend away
Wed Nov 19 @ 7:30PM -
Club Night
Sun Nov 23 @10:00AM -
Sailing Day - Werribee River trip
Sun Dec 07 @10:00AM -
WBA Christmas Party and Sailing Day

Other Events

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