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

Falmouth 28-30 June *NEW*

Falmouth Rally – June 28th to 30th  

Friday 28th June

This years Rally will be located on the Truro River pontoon just below Malpas. This is a long way up the River Fal and then into the higher reaches of the Truro River. 
The usual superb Moody pontoon party will take place on Friday 28th from16:00 onwards. The rest of the evening is free, possibly to go ashore for a meal or eat onboard. 

Saturday 29th June

We are travelling into Truro today to savour the delights of Truro’s shops, parks, hostelries and museum (which is optional). A guided tour of Truro Cathedral will take place at 14:00 for which there is a small £5 per person charge. Following this tour we return to Malpas for the evening rally dinner which will take place at the famous Heron Waterside Inn. Our seating in the Inn is reserved for 18:00 and as the Inn becomes extremely busy they will require a £5 per person deposit. The list of Menu choices will be found on the Heron Inn website You have a choice of the Main Menu or Vegan Options. Please make your choices from these menus and advise Len Cheshire. His contact details are at the bottom of this page. 

Sunday 30th June

Today will be free for socialising, creek exploring or setting off on a summer cruise. On this note, some of us including our Captain Tony Wildig, are planning on short cruise to the Isles of Scilly. The idea is to have a sail in company open to anyone wishing to join in. Full details will be discussed during the Rally and obviously subject to the weather forecast. This is an opportunity for those who have never been to the Isles of Scilly to make this journey in company with a few yachts that have been there before.

Payment Instructions

Please add the cost per person for the Cathedral Visit of £5 (if you are planning on doing this) to the Heron Inn booking deposit of £5 per person and send this via internet banking with your name and number of people attending to: 
Peter Roberts  – Account Number: 66454301      Sort Code: 50-42-37 
Payment for the meal will be made individually at the end of the evening and will depend on each persons choices less the £5 deposit already paid. 

Len Cheshire is again organising this rally and is looking forward to welcoming as many of you as possible to his Falmouth event. Please will you register your interest to join this rally as soon as possible by emailing Len directly on:

Cherbourg/Guernsey 13-18 July

More will appear here as the rally programme is developed


Plymouth 13-16 August

More will appear here as the rally programme is developed

Torquay 13-18 September

More will appear here as the rally programme is developed

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. 

To run from 11th – 13th October 2019 at the Premier Inn Minehead where 18 rooms have been pre booked  (see below)
 12th October    West Somerset Railway – Minehead to Bishops Lydeard
                            30 places have been pre-booked on 12:30 from
                            Minehead at a reduced rate of £18 return.
                            Returning at 16:20 which arrives back at Minehead at 18:00 

                           Activities at Bishops Lydeard:   
                           Micro Brewery located adjacent to the station   
                           Mill and Tea Room (note this is unusually an overshot mill)

                           Group Meal  19:00 for 19:30 in the adjacent Brewers Fayre,
                           where we will have a separate area to ourselves.

13th October      Dunster Castle, Watermill and Gardens (National Trust)
                            and Medieval Village. We hope to have a guided tour of
                            the kitchens and roof space.

Premier Inn 

We have been able to book a group rate for both Friday and Saturday nights at £97 per room per night to include breakfast and dinner in the adjacent Brewers Fayre.  Car parking is available at £4 per night.

This group rate is subject to our confirmed booking to be made prior to Sunday 8th September. 

In order for us to retain this rate it is important that you advise Keith of your intentions to join this rally as soon as possible. Payment details will follow. 

For further information and to register your interest to join this rally please contact KEITH BUNKER by email:

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

2019 – Fowey Rally – May 24th to 27th 

This is our second rally this month and hopefully the weather will hold as it did last year to make it a memorable few days. I have arranged for berthing to take place on either pontoon Number 1 or 2 in “The Pont Pill” which is almost directly opposite the main quay, very much closer to the action than it was last year when we berthed on the Grid Irons pontoon upstream of the Bodnick Ferry. 

Friday 24th May
Yachts arrive during the day/afternoon and you are asked to please contact the FOWEY HARBOUR PATROL on VHF Ch 12 to confirm the Rally Berthing arrangements. There will be the usual welcoming pontoon party from 17:30 onwards, as with all our pontoon parties you are asked to bring your own glasses. 
The evening will be free to go ashore and enjoy further refreshments on one or more of the many pubs and restaurants. the FOWEY WATER TAXI will be available for shore transport on VHF Ch 6 or Mobile: 07774-906730.

Saturday 25th May
The plan is to meet on the pontoon ready to go ashore at 09:30. A coach will meet us near the western bank of the ferry slipway and transport us to the EDEN PROJECT  where we will benefit from a group entry charge for Seniors (60+) £11 and Adults £14.75. We should arrive at the Eden Project at about 10:30 giving you the the morning and afternoon to explore this fantastic site. We will agree on a return time with the Coach driver. The cost for the coach based on a minimum of 15 passengers will be £8 each. This includes a small tip. 

Evening Rally Dinner at the Fowey Gallants Sailing Club – Provided by James at Denaro’s
We will meet on the pontoon to take the water taxi ashore at 18:30. This will give us time for pre dinner drinks before sitting down to eat at about 19:30.


A)  Leek & Cornish Blue Cheese Tartlet with mixed leaf salad.
B)  Kiln Roasted Salmon with Roasted beetroot & Watercress

C)  Beef & Vegetable Stew with Mashed Potatoes
D)  Pan Fried Chicken& Butterbeans with Chorizo, Garlic & Herb New Potatoes
E)  Fish Pie – Cod, Hake, Smoked haddock & Salmon in a white wine sauce with Leeks, Shallots &Herbs served with Peas and Carrots
F)  Roasted Vegetable Stew with Mashed Potatoes (Veggie Option)
G)  Roast Vegetable Lasagne with Garlic Bread  (Veggie Option)
H)  Apple Crumble with Custard 
I)   Chocolate Brownie with Whipped Cream
Please let me know well in advance if you have any allergen or dietary issues and I will endeavour to resolve them with the Chef.
The cost for the meal is £22 each and I would like you to please advise me of your choices from the above menu. 
We will decide when to meet for the return to our pontoon during the meal.

Sunday 26th May 
Last year we went up the Fowey River in our tenders/inflatables and we are going to repeat this excursion leaving the pontoon at about 10:00. It is high tide at Fowey at 11:00 BST so we may well be able to make it up the River Lerryn to the Village of Lerryn. What ever happens, subject to the weather, you are guaranteed a great time with a stop for lunch possibly at the Fishermans Arms, Golant which is about 1.25 miles up stream from Fowey.  
Remember to take extra fuel with you!! 
The evening will be free to do as you wish. 

-End of Rally-

Monday 27th May
Yachts that have not already departed will depart.

Please will you advise me as soon as possible if you will be joining the Eden Project Trip – I must have a minimum of 15 to make the number work otherwise I will have to resort to a Plan B. 
Please make all payments for the above (Coach, Eden Entrance and Dinner)  with your name as a reference to: Peter Roberts – Account Number: 66454301 – Sort Code: 50-42-37 

Many thanks,
Peter Roberts

Secretary MOA South West Branch


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 (fireworks)Volunteers needed
13-15 September 2019TorquayTony Wildig
11-13 October 2019Minehead - boatlessVolunteers needed
15th February 2020SW AGM WorcesterSW Committee

Note * in table above indicates Port Officer