2016 Geelomng Wooden Boat Festival

The President's report

Our last month's social event went well although due to the confusion caused by changing the dates (my fault !) someof our members who had intended to come missed the evening .. sorry , we will do better next time.

The weekend at Paynesville was started in damp conditions and proceeded well with visits to local places of interest arrangedby David Gibson, who as OOD had organised an enjoyable and event filled time for all so my thanks to David and congratulations on a well run event.  Also good to catch up with some of our East Gippsland friends who we hadn’t seen for some time... Colin and Jan Hunt, Graham Holmes and Janice, Gary and Margaret Stewart.

Our Club night on the 18 November is a "Knotty night" with Paul and Mick who will be attempting to show us all the intricacies of rope tying for practical purposes and decorative pieces. This is sure to be an enjoyable evening and a further opportunity for you to purchase a ticket in the "Nutshell Pram" raffle. Be in it to win it!

Sunday November 22 is our next sailing day, at Werribee South, sail / row / putt putt... you have the choice here and a picnic area near thepier for us to assemble. I look forward to seeing you there.

Our CHRISTMAS PARTY will be held on December 13 at the Albert Park Yacht Club.

This year we are trying a different format, the food will be catered so all you need to do is bring yourselves... the one thing we do need you to do is to RSVP via the form on the website by Monday 7 December so that we can get the numbers right for catering. Bring your boats and enjoy the day on the water and the fellowship.

Complete our RSVP form to confirm your attendance.

Finally, welcome to new member, Mike Budahazy, from Longford. We look forward to hearing about Mike’s boat/s or plans over the coming year.

Regards, Chris Kelly.

Club visit to the Wooden Boatshop, Sorrento

From an 8 foot Minnow class dinghy to a 32 foot Nepean Motor launch, and many Couta Boats in between, Tim Phillip’s Wooden Boat Shop builds, repairs and maintains these boats with consummate skills and a deep respect for their traditions.

Our visit to the Wooden Boat Shop on Sunday 23rd August was a revelation to many of us. Where we may think of wooden boat building as a small scale, backyard or cottage industry, Tim has brought together people and resources to create what he calls “a mini Herreschoff Manufacturing Works” here in Sorrento.

find out more here

East Gippsland WBA group closes

On July 30, I attended the final meeting of the East Gippsland WBA Group. We gathered in the Bairnsdale Club for dinner and the meeting.

There were many present who would be familiar to WBA members here in Melbourne and it was good to renew friendships. The reason for the meeting was that time, age and changing circumstances for many of the EGWBA members has meant that there has been considerable difficulty in carrying on a regular programme of meetings and events. After careful consideration it was felt the time had come to call a final meeting to disband the group.


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 Dec 13 @10:00AM -
WBA Christmas Lunch and Sailing Day
Sun Jan 17 @10:00AM -
Informal sailing day at APYC
Sun Feb 21 @10:00AM -
Sailing day at Rye
Sun Mar 27 @10:00AM -
St Helens Sailing Day

Other Events

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