Winter is upon us... the last few weeks have been windy (very) wet and cold with some beautiful late autumn days thrown in for good measure.
Our Maribyrnong trip went well with a handful of intrepid enthusiasts turning up for the voyage. We met at the "Warmies"and launched our craft - Geoff Carrol with Kibby crewed by Jimmy Baillie, Mars with Andrew and Hahn Campbell, Graham Signorini as OOD with Nebari, and Chris Kelly with Takapunt crewed by David Mahony.
Members and guests who attended our club night on Wednesday 18 May 2016 were entertained David McCubbin, great-grandson of Frederick McCubbin.
Being the great-grandson of Frederick McCubbin, David is well placed to provide insights into this renowned artist’s life and work from the family’s point of view.
Jimmy and I took Rufus out on Wednesday 1st June, in light airs. We spent a happy half hour raising the topsail. Then, as we were ghosting along we decided to try out the new fishing rods on board.
The results were quite amazing. Here was Rufus sailing at about half a knot with all sails up while we were busily pulling in the flathead! The topsail makes a big difference in light airs and we finally doused the lines and had a pleasant sail over lunch time with a slight but strengthening breeze. All in all it was a great day.
I have attached photographic proof of topsail and the catch in case you might think it is one of those nautical yarn.
Hanh and I ventured to the Morgan Living Festival in South Australia for the weekend 14 and 15 May. Although it was a long drive, it was a worthwhile weekend away. We towed Mars the distance which was a test for our new / old motor home.
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.
The 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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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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
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 http://www.classic-sailing.co.uk/vessels/tenacious.