Australian Wooden Boat Festival 2015

The President's report

Another month has slipped past so quickly, faster than shaking a reef out of a sail.

Our club night on 19 November was attended by a dedicated few (dedicated to tying knots ... or tangles).

Hosted by Paul Rubera who provided all equipment in sufficient quantity to confuse most of us on the night, although there were some successes in completing the task of forming a "carrick knot " namely, Graham Signorini, David Gibson ( who practised all night !) and Paul Howe . Supper was provided by Jan Gibson and Sue Kelly which was enjoyed after the exhausting "knotty" efforts.

The sailing day at Werribee South was well attended and our OOD's report is further in "Shavings". Thanks go to Penny for organising and officiating on the day. Geoff Carroll and Rufus were also in attendance after sailing from St.Kilda marina on Saturday to overnight at Werribee and sail home on Sunday.

As a group we have had some very interesting events this year with two launchings, Khaos Theory and Rufus, as well as our on water events at APYC as well as Nagambie and the Glenelg river trip in association with WBASA and the Glenelg Classic Cruising Boat Club, currently two of our members are participating in GAIC (Great Australian Inland Cruise) on the Murray River which commenced on the 23 November.

In addition to Roderick Smith’s current report, Russell and Margaret Hurran and Andrew and Hahn Campbell will be sending reports of the trip for publication in Shavings in the new year. I wish them well and hope the weather stays fine (not too hot) for their adventure.

In January, on Sunday 18th, for those of us in town at this time, a sailing day at APYC has been arranged, so bring your boat or use a club boat for a circuit of the lake.

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.

This month we welcome Amber de Brueys, from Brisbane, and David Gurvich, from Melbourne, as new members. David has asked if there is anyone who can help him install a single cylinder Blaxland Pup engine in his 12'6" clinker dinghy. Back problems are preventing him from completing the work himself. David says that he will travel anywhere but he does have a well equipped workshop in Springvale. If you can help, please contact David at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

We encourage new members to introduce themselves at our club nights, sailing days, in our newsletter, and in our online forum, and we look forward to hearing more about their boats and projects.

Enough from me except to say that I wish you all a very happy and enjoyable Christmas and a safe New Year.

Safe sailing all,
Chris Kelly.

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.

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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