Australian Wooden Boat Festival 2015

(not) The President's report

This is the President’s report you have when you don’t have a President, at least when we don’t have one in the country. Chris Kelly was re-elected as President at the AGM and left on a six week tour of Europe shortly afterwards. In his absence the WBA has been carrying on with its program of activities like a ship with a well rigged jury rudder.

On the August Club Night Andrew Campbell’s double bill presentations on the loss of the Minesweeper Goorangai, and the wooden boats of Vietnam attracted a number of stalwart members and two new members. Andrew’s talk and slides informed us on topics that are little known about by most Australians. A full report also follows in this edition.

The sailing day on 24th August was more of a working bee with a fair bit of socialising. Although the sun shone and the winds were fair, no-one thought of launching a boat. The teamwork and friendship between members is possibly just as important to our organization as the on water activities.

We have a busy time ahead with a range of events and gatherings planned for the next few months. The September Club Night on 24th Sept. is a chance to hear from the Port Melbourne identity Dugga Beazley who has continued the tradition of fishing Port Phillip Bay from his couta boat up to the present day. That will be followed on 28th September with our sailing day at APYC.

The focus for October will be our weekend away at Nagambie over the 24th – 27th. David Stott as OOD has planned a trip on the Goulburn River for our fleet of participants. With the range of land and water based attractions in the area it promises to be a great event. Please book your accommodation and let David know you are coming.

In November we have the Club Night with Paul Rubera showing us the ropes (and knots) on the 19th followed by our annual Werribee River trip OOD’d by Penny Braybrook on the 23rd.

The Christmas Party on 7th December at APYC promises some entertaining and possibly challenging after lunch activities organized by Peter Batchelor. Look for more details in the coming months.

If you are looking for other ways to be involved in the wooden boat scene beyond the WBA there is the 125 year celebration of the formation of Port Melbourne Yacht Club on the 29th & 30th November, The Great Australian Inland Cruise on the Murray (Echuca to Goolwa) from 3rd Jan to 24th Feb (that’s going to wear out a few motors!) and of course the Hobart and Goolwa Festivals next year.

Welcome Chris back from his travels when you see him next. His steady hand on the WBA tiller is much appreciated. There are plenty of fascinating things to do and places to go over the next few months.

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.

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

Other Events

Wind and weather info for Port Phillip, Western Port, and elsewhere.



Extended forecast for Melbourne

Tides information

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