You’re invited to the join with other members and friends of the Wooden Boat Association at the WBA Christmas Lunch, on Sunday 7th December, 12.30PM at Albert Park Sailing Club, and then join in the fun of The Amazing Raid.Find out more, and register here
Time and tide wait for no man ... and the time seems to run faster the closer we come to Christmas !! Is it already four weeks since my last report?
Our club night in October was attended by interested parties who were going to Nagambie and David Stott outlined the proposed itinerary which he had arranged with the assistance of local WBA members Russell and Margaret Hurran . Many thanks to David and the Hurrans for their arrangements.
David's report of the weekend is included in Shavings ... however let me just say that a great time was had by all on and off the water and this year we were not evacuated by floods!
David O'Dempsey (a new member) was prevailed upon to give a a talk about his boats which entertained us and he brought his "Rifleman" power boat to Nagambie on Sunday ... a beautifully clear finished construction.
Our next Club night, on the 19th of November, will be hosted by Paul Rubera, with a "hands on " interaction of knot tying for both practical and decorative purposes. A light supper will be provided.
Penny Braybrook will be OOD for the Werribee river trip on the 23 November and an introduction to this is also further in Shavings. This is a good opportunity for some of the Geelong members to join us on the water.
Prepare for the WBA Christmas party - 7 December at APYC. Keep an eye on the web site for any updates prior to then but there will be water-based activities arranged by Peter Batchelor (more information elsewhere on the website).
Safe sailing all,
Bryan Gatehouse: Crossing the Bar
It is with sadness that I have to report the passing of Bryan on the 18 September 2014 .
His involvement with the WBA and the wider boating community will be remembered and his presence missed at our meetings.
On behalf of the WBA our condolences go to his wife Diana and family.
Join us for our annual trip to Werribee River. Meet at the Werribee South launching ramp, Diggers Road/Beach Road, Werribee South. [Melways 199 F10] around 10.00 am.
With six concrete ramps (2 shallow) and pontoons providing easy launching, this is a great venue for all kinds of boating activity: sailing, paddling, rowing or putt-putting. Follow the dredged channel out into Port Phillip and check out the new Wyndham Harbour development or navigate the Werribee River up to the spectacular K Road cliffs.
Daily ramp ticket is $17 (exact money in gold coins, or use your Visa/Mastercard). There are several new picnic tables, a BBQ and public toilets, BYO everything else, including warm clothes and rain gear.
ph 0409 250 630 or 9457 5086 (h)
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!
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.
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.
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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