South West Branch

“The branch that serves you from Poole to Mid Wales”

Please feel free to roam the South West Branch pages and find out what is available to all our members. South West events are open to all MOA members and you are welcome to bring guests and friends from other club and associations.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact any of our branch officers – click “Branch and Port Officers” in the box above, find who you want to talk to and you will receive a quick response.

Who are we?

The South West Branch is one of the 6 Branches and 3 Chapters of the Moody Owners Association. For a more detailed description of the Branch and its objectives and services to members, please click on the “Who are we” menu under “More Info” on the menu items above.

Latest News

Rally reports from last season are here. At our AGM on 4/5th February (draft report can be found here) , a provisional list of rallies for the year was agreed. This can be seen below and will be updated as the rallies develop.

This year’s programme will be managed by a new team consisting of new captain, Tony Wildig, secretary Peter Roberts and treasurer Keith Bunker (who was elected last year).

Guernsey Rally

The Guernsey Rally is now complete. Although a small cohort this year, much fun was to be had. You can read all about it here


Plymouth Rally

A fantastic rally was enjoyed by a large turnout of members including many new faces. Check back to this site for our captain’s rally report in due course.
Look out for details of the next rally next month.

Salcombe Rally
Salcombe Rally 8th to 10th September 2017

Wet and windy at times, but a great time with the hardy band who attended. Full report to follow


Powderham Castle 21-22nd October

This will be a ‘boat less’ rally and combines a ‘Laying up’ Dinner and overnight stay at the Exeter Court Hotel on Saturday the 21st October followed by a group tour of Powderham Castle on Sunday morning 22nd October, concluding with lunch at Powderham Castle.

Saturday 21st October 8th  Members arrive by car at the Exeter Court Hotel during the afternoon. We may be able to assist any members from further afield who might like to arrive by train (or plane). Dinner will be 7 for 7:30 pm in the Exminster Suite. Please see the attached menu for your advance choices. Wine, tea and coffee are included but initial drinks and drinks after the meal will be from the hotel’s cash bar. We hope to follow the meal with a talk by an expert speaker; speaker and topic to be advised. Refer to: for information on the hotel.

Sunday 22nd October 2017 After breakfast we will check out of the hotel and drive to Powderham Castle. Detailed instructions will be given after dinner on Saturday 21st, but the intention is to gather at the entrance booth before 10:45 am, for the tour of the castle to start at 11:00. The guided tour will last circa one hour, but we are then free to explore at will. You may well wish to continue after lunch. An additional tour of the Deer Park is also on offer. Refer to:   for more information on Powderham Castle. Lunch will be available at the Castle. Depending on response to the rally, we may well have private dining offered, in which case we will revert with details and menu choices. Costs The Exeter Court Hotel has reserved rooms for us at £75 per room, B&B. Please book directly with the hotel making clear that your are attending the MOA SW rally, but advise Tony of the booking. The cost of the dinner will be £37 per person, payable in advance please to ‘A. and M. Wildig’, Sort code 40-01-29, Account number 90015288, Reference your name plus MOA so Tony can easily identify. The cost for the guided group tour is £10 adults, £9 ‘seniors’ and £8 for children and students. This will be collected on the day. An additional £2.50 per head will cover a tour of the Deer Park.

Contact Please advise Tony at as soon as possible if you intend to join the rally, then book accommodation as required at the hotel. Please also advise Tony of your choices from the dinner menu attached. Please also give an indication of whether you would welcome the additional tour of the Deer Park. We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at this event. Time is of the essence to secure the hotel rooms, so please do respond as quickly as possible.

MOA SW Powderham Rally 2017       Exeter Court Hotel Dinner  

Please select one from each course and advise:

A:  Tomato & Roasted Red Pepper Soup Served with Golden Croutons
B:   Smoked Haddock Fish Cake Served with Salad Garnish and Horseradish Dressing
C:  Chicken Liver Pate Served with Toast and Local Chutney

D: Devonshire Roast Topside of Beef With Yorkshire Pudding, Roast Potatoes and a Rich Red Wine Gravy
E:  Fan of Chicken Breast with a Creamy Mushroom Sauce and Roast Potatoes
F:  Fillet of Scottish Salmon With a Tarragon Hollandaise Sauce and served with Buttered New Potatoes
The above mains are served with Seasonal Vegetable
G:   Roasted Mediterranean Vegetable Tartlet Topped with Goats Cheese and Pesto Dressing with a Rocket Salad

H:  Apple, Cinnamon and Raisin Crumble Served with Vanilla Ice Cream
I:   Chocolate Fudge Cake Vanilla Ice Cream
J:  A Selection of West Country Cheeses With Celery, Grapes and Crackers

The cost of the meal to include wine, tea or coffee and a share of the room rental is £37 per person  

Please advise Tony Wildig ( of your choices as soon as possible

2017 AGM - 3/4 February 2018

With the sailing season nearly over, we can turn our thoughts to the SW AGM, which will be held on the 3rd/4th February 2018. It may seem a long way off, but the venue we have chosen is popular and hence we need to get our room reservations in early to avoid disappointment. This year, we will be visiting the Grade II listed property, Dillington House, owned by Baron Cameron of Dillington, but operated as a hotel and conference/events centre by Somerset County Council. Set in a large parkland and once the home of the former Prime Minister, Lord North,

Tthis venue will provide us with a great setting for our meeting. We are currently finalising the research for our activities to fill the weekend but as with previous years, we are sure you will not be disappointed. If you wish to join us in this historic setting, please advise our Captain Tony Wildig at  and to reserve hotel rooms, call Beverly Robins directly at Dillington House on 01460 258611. Don’t delay as the grander bedrooms will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Rooms will cost £105 bed and breakfast for a double and £91 for a single. We will let you know about the cost/menus for the evening dinner and the events we are planning shortly. Tony our new captain has promised to try and beat Eric’s record for the shortest AGM meeting on record!!

Events to come in 2017

You can now order a range of leisurewear such as rugby shirts, polos etc, in addition to waterproof crew bags with the SW logo and your boat name embroidered* on them direct from the Kitz UK site. If you look at the master catalogue of Kitz UK and see other items that you would think we should add to the bespoke list, please contact

* Transfers rather than embroidery will be used on crew bags to preserve waterproof nature of bags

Please note that Kitz UK is an external company and apart from providing this leisure ware, has no relationship to the MOA

29th April - 1st MayFowey Mayday rallyCarl Stansfield*
9-11th JuneGuernseyTony Wildig
Now cancelledFalmouth
9-12th AugustPlymouth fireworks rallyIain Petty*/Peter Roberts
9-10 SeptemberSalcombeJacky Neild
21-22 OctoberPowderhamTony Wildig
3-4 February 2018Dillington House - AGM SWSW committee
Note * in table above indicates Port Officer