Australian Wooden Boat Festival 2015

President's report

We have had an eventful month for our Association! The Glenelg River trip with the WBASA was enjoyed by a number of adventurers. The Glenelg River is a beautiful stretch of waterway with numerous areas for overnighting on the appropriate vessels, or camping.

On our Yarra river trip to Herring Island (Rob Ripley OOD) we saw a good turnout of 11 boats and the weather remained fine for the day which enhanced our experience.

Well it seems like only last month but almost 12 months has elapsed since our last AGM and the next meeting will be this years on the 27 July, at the Albert Park Yacht Club venue and the committee hopes to see a large contingent of members to help us keep the club moving forward. Regarding catering for the day, I ask that all attending bring a plate to share and please telephone Rob Ripley to co-ordinate offerings on 03 59416834.

Our agenda for the day will be one of water activities with the necessary business of the AGM thrown in. We commence with the boats arriving and being launched from 10.30 am.

Club boats will be in the water and members are asked to participate with their own boats as well. 12:30pm will see us having lunch, with the AGM commencing at 1:15pm. By 2pm we hope to be back to the water, with a 2:30pm sail past of all available boats. Frank Raisin is OOD, and will provide sailing directions before the sail past. A rowing / paddling event will also be held. "Around the Island and Back" to encourage the use self propelled craft.

Please "dress" your boats and crew for the occasion and an independent judge(s) will choose the winners for:

  • Best dressed boat
  • Best dressed crew
  • Most unique attire
  • Best effort

I look forward to seeing you on the 27 July and to hear of any suggestions / advice you may have for the incoming committee. Thank you for the opportunity to continue as President for the past year and I hope to serve you for the coming one.

Happy sailing,
Chris Kelly, President.

Call for contributions

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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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Coming WBA Events

Wed Sep 24 @ 7:30PM -
Club Night
Sun Sep 28 @10:00AM -
Sailing Day
Wed Oct 22 @ 7:30PM -
Club Night
Sat Oct 25
Nagambie weekend away
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

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