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

This year’s programme will be managed by our team consisting of captain, Tony Wildig, secretary Peter Roberts and treasurer Keith Bunker (who has remained in post for a further year). Mary Allen has joined the team as vice captain. See below for the draft of the programme agreed at the AGM on 24th February 2019, and come back to see how the rallies develop.

One of the ideas coming for the AGM, was a desire to share each other’s cruising plans to help planning of the “cruise in company” see below, or to facilitate members to recognise such an opportunity with others. If you would like to have published in brief form, any plans you would like to share, please send them to

Minehead boatless October 11-13 *NEW*

Starting four years ago the South West Branch are keen to build a tradition to hold a “Boat-less” rally in October each year, with Minehead having been chosen as our base for this year. Further details of the rally are now shown below, which includes all the information you will need to confirm your reservation and make the appropriate payments.

This is at the previously notified Premier Inn, Minehead: Seaward Way, Minehead TA24 6DF . Tel: 0871-622-2313.
Double rooms are priced at £97:00 per night to include Dinner, Bed and Breakfast for all occupants. i.e. £48:50 per individual.
Car parking is charged at £4:00 per night to be paid individually and is not included in the Group Scheme for the rooms. 

Note: Only 18 rooms have been reserved at this rate, so first come first served. Payment must reach the Branch Funds by 30th August to hold your reservation. 

Friday 11th October
Gather in the bar for drinks at 19:00 followed by a group meal at 19:30 to be held in a separated area in the Brewers Fayre Restaurant adjacent to the Hotel. Any meal can be selected from the standard menu.

Saturday 12th October
Breakfast is served from 07:00 and includes the option of either Continental or full English. 
We have a group booking on the West Somerset Railway line to Bishops Lydeard leaving Minehead at 10:05, returning on the 16:20 train which arrives back at Minehead at 18:00.  The discounted group price for this excursion is £18:00 per person.

There is a Paying car park at the station, so it is suggested members club together to minimise the number of cars – However the station is 3/4 of a mile from the hotel for those fit enough to walk. 

We have reserved 30 places and as this is a Group booking we will all have to travel together BOTH ways on the single group ticket. 

Optional Activities in Bishops Lydeard 

  • 12:00 Working water Mill to include a talk and visit plus coffee and biscuits – Extra Cost £7:00 per person.
  • Lunch can be obtained at the Lethbridge Arms, 16th Century Inn with a historic “Fives” wall.
  • Main “West Somerset Railway” museum.
  • 15th Century Church
  • Quantock Micro Brewery for a pint and explanation of the process of the brewers work. 

Evening Event
Meet in the Bar at 19:00 for pre-dinner drinks followed by the meal service which will start at 19:45. The meal will be followed by a talk by Mark Cornish – “Sailing and Navigating the Bristol Channel”

Sunday 13th October 
A visit to Dunster Castle, Water Mill and adjacent Village is planned this morning – this is a national Trust Property and opens at 11:00. Non National Trust Members will be charges £12.20 on entry and parking is available at £5 per day.  It is assumed that everyone will arrive here in their own car as this is the last event of the rally. 

The castle is a good example of how a Fortress became a family home; it also has an interesting vaulted reservoir and attractive gardens as well as extensive views of the Bristol Channel. The adjacent village is arguably the largest most intact medieval village in the country, with its Yarn market in the centre, but also includes remains of a Benedictine priory, a packhorse bridge and iron age remains.
It is hoped the NT will have sufficient staff at 11:15 on the day to provide a tour and talk on the attic bedrooms for the staff, including the rigorous rules they had to abide by. This will be followed by a similar visit with detailed introduction to the Victorian kitchens at 12:30, with each tour taking about 3/4 of an hour.

Please note there are some steep approaches to the castle entrance so if you wish to participate in the first tour you will need to arrive in plenty of time.

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Total £’s





Friday Night

£97 per room



Saturday Night

£97 per room



West Somerset Railway

£18 per person



Bishop Lydeard Mill

£7 per person





Please ensure Payment is made by 30th August 

Payment is to be made to Branch Funds at:

Moody Owners Association South West c/o Santander Bank
Sort Code:  09-01-29
Account:     10781083

Please advise Keith Bunker of your payment and include a copy of the above Payment Calculator sheet:
Email address to send your advice is:

SW AGM Worcester 15 February 2020

More will appear here as the rally programme is developed

Bristol SW branch AGM

The MOA SW AGM was held to coincide with the MOA National AGM, with separate meetings but common events and visits. Read the report of the AGM

Salcombe May 3-6

A very successful first rally of the season with 14 boats in the fleet. Rally report on the event report pages or click here

Fowey May 24-27

The Fowey Rally report can be seen on the events report pages

Falmouth 28-30 June *NEW*

Another successful rally exploring a new part of the River Fal and the Scillies. The report of this can be seen on the events report pages

Cherbourg/Guernsey 13-18 July

This rally is being organised by the Solent Branch


Plymouth 13-16 August - Cancelled

We are sorry to advise that the Plymouth Pantaenius Fireworks Rally has been cancelled this year due to poor support. 

It is hoped that this rally will be reinstated next year. 

In the meantime we have released all the berths reserved at Sutton Harbour Marina. If you are still interested on coming to Plymouth to view the fireworks then please contact Sutton Harbour Marina directly to reserve a berth: 

Torquay 13-18 September ** Updated information **

Our September Torquay Rally is not far away but there is still time to express your interest to join us (by sea or road) in what is expected to be a most enjoyable set of events including an evening performance of the MOUSETRAP on Saturday 14th Sept at the Princess Theatre.  Tony Wildig has managed to obtain a block booking at £25 per person and these tickets have to be paid for before 13th August (next week!) otherwise we loose this booking and any late booking will incur an added fee. If you wish to attend this show or have already indicated that you are attending then please make your urgent payment to the following account using your name and Torquay as the reference:

Moody Owners Association South West c/o Santander Bank
Sort Code:  09-01-29
Account:     10781083

We would like to emphasise that this rally is ideally situated to allow members to attend either by boat or car especially if the weather should be anything like it is this weekend! There is plenty of reasonably priced accommodation in the area so there is absolutely no reason to not attend. 

The Rally Dinner will take place after the Pontoon Party at the Royal Torquay Yacht Club on Friday 13th September. This is a short walk from the marina for those arriving by boat.

Please will you advise Tony Wildig ( ) before 5th September of your choices from the following menu and make payment at £20 per person to the above MOA account.   

The Royal Torquay Yacht Club
Dinner Menu  
Friday 13th September 2019  at 1930hrs for 2000hrs


A. Cream of Mushroom Soup
B.  Ham Hock Terrine with Piccalilli
C.   Grilled Goats Cheese Salad with Beetroot and Onion Chutney

Main Course
D.  Roast Devon Beef served Pink, Port & Shallot jus, Potato Gratin, Butter Sugar Snaps & Honey Roast Carrots
E.  Pan Fried hake, Pea, Onion & Bacon Ragout with Pea Cream, Crushed Minted News, Buttered Sugar Snaps
F.   Moroccan Nut Roast, Pomegranate, Toasted Almonds, Dressed Salad Leaves (V, GF)

 Lemon Posset, Fresh Raspberry Chantilly, Almond Shortbread
H.  Chocolate Torte, Raspberry Pavlova Ice Cream
I.    Trio of West Country Ice Creams

Three Courses  – £20 We are holding our last Rally of the season in Torquay at the MDL Marina and we hope that as many yachts as possible will attend.

Friday 13th September 
Yachts arrive during the day – berths for 10 yachts have been reserved and more berths will be made available should the demand exceed the initial reservation.
A Pontoon party will take place from 17:30 and this will be followed by dinner at the Royal Torbay Yacht Club. The Yacht Club is a short walk up the hill from the marina and the meal will be served at 20:00 so best to arrive by 19:30 for a pre dinner drink. Dress code: smart casual. The cost for this meal and the choices will be advised closer the time.

Saturday 14th September 
The morning is free to wander round the shops before joining the afternoon one hour guided tour of KENTS CAVERN  which is reserved for 14:30 at a cost of £8.00 per person. There is a regular bus service from the harbour but we will look at other travel options when we have an idea of the number wishing to join this tour.
Kents Cavern is a prehistoric cave system, occupied variously by our ancestors and even a sabre-tooth tiger.
We have made a block booking  at the Princess Theatre for the 19:30 performance of the “MOUSETRAP”. The Theatre is a short walk from the marina and 20 seats have been reserved at the price of £25 per person. These are on a first come first served basis and the tickets have to be paid for in advance by 14th August.  You are free to make your own dining arrangements this evening.

Sunday 15th September 
Sunday is free but some yachts may decide on an early departure – if not, there are plenty of activities in the vicinity of the Marina for which we will post a list closer to the date of the Rally.

Please advise our Captain Tony Wildig if you wish to join the rally on:

Events to come in 2019

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

3-6 May 2019SalcombeTony Wildig
24-27 May 2019Fowey (Eden Project, dinghy trip)Peter Roberts
28-30 June 2019FalmouthLen Cheshire
13-18 July 2019Cherbourg/Guernsey together with Solent branchMike Neave (Solent)/Tony Wildig
13-15 August 2019Plymouth Rally
- Cancelled -
13-15 September 2019TorquayTony Wildig
11-13 October 2019Minehead - boatlessVolunteers needed
15th February 2020SW AGM WorcesterSW Committee

Note * in table above indicates Port Officer