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The President's report

Almost mid year and the AGM is coming along quickly (26 July). Please submit your nominations for the "office bearer"positions to our Secretary Leigh McNolty. A nomination form is included elsewhere in this issue of Shavings.

The work on Begonia has been progressing as per my update emails and for those who haven't read them... the centreboard case has been caulked and 2 lands sealed on port and starboard sides.

Two more lands on each side are yet to be sealed, then sanding and painting to the water line is to be done. The schedule for the rest of the work will be notified to you all after the June committee meeting. Work has currently ceased due to Graham's cycle accident and although bruised, he is recovering.


Great Australian Inland Cruise presentation

Late November saw the start of the Great Australian Inland Cruise down the mighty Murray River. It all began at Echuca with a suitable variety of craft varying from large and small paddle boats and more conventional boats.

The wooden boat associations were well represented with Queensland members Graeme Lynch (Bolger Tennessee Moonshine) and later John and Katherine Webb (Yellow trailer sailer), Victorian members Russ and Marg Hurren (Lapstrake fishing boat Agnes), Andrew Campbell and Hanh Nguyen (Berkeley Minitug Mars) and the occasional visitor Roderick Smith (Bolger Tennessee Jessie 11) and various South Australian members.

Andrew Campbell gave a most informative presentation at the WBA club night on Wednesday 20 May 2015. His talk was recorded, and synchronised with the photos that Andrew graciously supplied. You can listen to his talk and see his photos here.

The Amazing Raid - Sunday 24 May 2015

bonus questionOur first Amazing Raid was supposed to have taken place after last year’s Christmas lunch, but the weather was poor enough to decide to postpone it to a more favourable day. Our club day in May was chosen as the replacement, and fortunately the weather was exceptionally kind.

I arrived early, to place bonus coded clues at strategic points around the course, and to also hide a number of little rubber ducks in spots only accessible by boat, or in my case by kayak.

Read more about the challenge

Annual General Meeting of the Wooden Boat Association

The Annual General Meeting of the Wooden Boat Association will be held on Sunday, 26th July at the Albert Park Yacht Club rooms at 1.00 pm, following a barbeque lunch at 12 noon. All positions on the Committee are open to election at this meeting.

Download a nomination form here

Club Night June 24 at APYC - Navigation Night

The Club Night on Wednesday 24th June will be a chance for members to get some hands on experience with parallel rulers, protractors and plotting instruments. There will be marine charts to plot bearings on and set your course for a safe harbor.

No knowledge or experience is necessary, it is about looking at a few different situations and working out what you could do. It's all practical stuff, no theory and no mention of electronic navigation!

We will probably work in groups of 3 or 4 depending on numbers with plenty of discussion and sharing of knowledge, ideas and experience.

I look forward to seeing you there.

Leigh McNolty

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.


Coming WBA Events

Sun Jul 26 @10:00AM -
Sailing Day and AGM
Sun Aug 23 @10:00AM -
Club visit to Tim Phillip’s boatyard, Sorrento

Other Events

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