Australian Wooden Boat Festival 2015

President's report

Our Club night for February was at the home of the Alma Doepel where a good crowd gathered and were welcomed by Tom Parks and Robert Vanderstadt of the Alma Doepel Supporters Club.

The sailing day at Rye was well attended and the weather was perfect for an enjoyable day ably OOD'd by Tony Remington who has also written a report accompanied by photos by Kerrin McNolty and Penny Braybrook, with many more from Rob Ripley available on our website.

For the month of March (when we are locked out of the APYC facility due to the Formula 1 Grand Prix) we will be meeting on 19 March at Bell’s Hotel in South Melbourne to enjoy an informal evening, together with a briefing by Leigh McNolty on the Williamstown sailing day (23 March).

Later in the year we have a couple weekends away arranged:

  • For 7 - 9 June, we have been invited to join the South Australian WBA in a cruise /camp on the Glenelg River at Nelson. More details as they become available.
  • This year our annual WBA weekend away at is being held at Nagambie on 25 - 27 October. Last time we were there we were evacuated, so we will hope for better weather this time. David Stott has agreed to be the OOD for this weekend.

Keep your eye on the website and the activities schedule and I'll look forward to seeing you at the events.

Happy sailing,
Chris Kelly, President.

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

Sun Apr 27 @10:00AM -
Sailing Day
Wed May 21 @ 7:30PM -
Club Night
Sun May 25 @10:00AM - 05:00PM
Sailing Day
Sat Jun 07
Weekend at Nelson with SAWBA
Sun Jun 08
Weekend at Nelson with SAWBA
Wed Jun 18 @ 7:30PM -
Club night
Sun Jul 27 @10:00AM -
Sailing Day and Annual General Meeting

Other Events

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



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