Footage from the Paynesville Classic Boat Rally

Peter Medlings (, one of the organisers from the Paynesville Classic Boat Rally forwarded the following to the WBA.

Here is some Drone footage from the Paynesville Classic Boat Rally weekend.The Boats and Paynesville just look Brilliant! See if you can find your boat! We have over  40 minutes of footage. YouTube only allowed 17 minutes. If you would like more let me know. This event was in a lot of minds one of the best events to happen in Paynesville  So please feel free to share and help make the next one in March 2018 even bigger! Please watch it all the way through - the second half is amazing!

The President's report

Hello again.

After the hiatus of the last few weeks involving the Grand Prix at which time we unable to access theAPYC area we are now back into sailing again. Over this period we did have a full program of boat exhibitions, at the Paynesville Classic Boat Rally (of which I wrotein the last issue of Shavings), and the Geelong Wooden Boat Festival, at which we did have a presence. As an impromptu observer for a morning I can attest that the festival was well presented and supported by anenthusiastic crowd. The sail past, in light airs was impressive, with the St Ayles skiffs making a grand appearance.


The Maritime Art of Frederick McCubbin

Come to our club night on Wednesday 18 May 2016 for an entertaining evening with David McCubbin, great grandson of Frederick McCubbin. This free event is open to WBA members and non members.

David's talk commences at 7:30pm, and will be followed by a light supper. Members who have heard David talk before tell us that this will be well worth attending, so book now to reserve your seats!

Annual General Meeting - Sunday 24 July 2016

The Annual General Meeting of the Wooden Boat Association will be held on Sunday, 24th July at the Albert Park Yacht Club rooms at 1.00 pm, following lunch at 12 noon. All positions on the Committee are open to election at this meeting.

Members are asked to consider indicating their willingness to nominate for the following positions on the Committee: President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretary, Editor, Promotions Officer, Activities Officer, and two Ordinary Committee members.


Port Fairy Lifeboat

A few weeks ago I heard that there was going to be a speech given at the Queenscliff “Fishy Tales” night about the Port Fairy lifeboat. Having seen the boat about four years ago, I had an interest in the general subject so made the trip to Queenscliff.


Russell and Margaret Hurren’s restoration project

On a return form a recent quick trip to Brisbane and back, I took the opportunity to call in on Russell and Margaret Hurren at Nagambie to check on the progress of their current project.

Russell and Margaret took their 18’ half cabin boat Agnes on the Murray trip from Echuca to Goolwa last year, and at the completion of this journey, they decided they need a boat with accommodation, rather than camping on river banks.


The Port Phillip 12 is looking for supporters

Jim-Temple-Port-Phillip-12As far as we know, the Port Phillip 12 (PP12) class sailing dinghy owned by the Wooden Boat Association is the last one in existence, however it would be great to be proved wrong about this.

The Port Phillip 12 is a 12 foot, two person, sloop rigged racing dinghy with similarities to the Gwen 12. The boats were built by Mouldcraft Pty Ltd at their factory in Frankston in the 1960’s.

After a lot of restoration work by club members, including our President, Chris Kelly, and some teething troubles (the mast went over the side) the PP12 is nearly ready for sailing again.

Find out more about our Port Phillip 12

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.

Find out more about the Wooden Boat Association

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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, 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.

Coming WBA Events

Wed May 18 @ 7:30PM -
Club Night. David McCubbin – Maritime art of Frederick McCubbin
Sun May 22 @10:00AM -
Maribyrnong River trip
Wed Jun 22 @ 7:30PM -
Club Night. One-pot cooking
Sun Jun 26 @10:00AM -
Sailing Day at APYC
Sun Jul 24 @10:00AM -
Annual General Meeting and Sailing Day
Thu Aug 18 @ 7:30PM -
Club Night. Sea shanties – with Enterprize folk
Sun Aug 28 @10:00AM -
Sailing Day at APYC

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Tenacious is coming!


Andrew Cohen reports that the 65m Barque Tenacious, launched in 2000, is coming to Melbourne in August 2016. Tenacious was the largest wooden sailing ship built in the UK for over 100 years.

She was designed and built to enable people of all physical abilities to sail side by side on equal terms. She is a 714 ton square rigger with 21 sails.

Find out more at