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

You are invited to join the MOA Southwest Salcombe Rally which this year is being organised by Jacky Neild.  Friday 8th September  Yachts arrive and will gather on a visitors pontoon in “The Bag” where a pontoon party will be held in the afternoon starting at approximately 17:30. The water taxi service will be available to take members ashore and this service will be operational from 08:00 through to 23:00 at a cost of £3.00 per person each way,  Further information on Salcombe Harbour, the tides and facilities can be found on the following website:

Saturday 9th September 2017 The plan is to have a morning “stroll” to Bolt Head followed by an evening meal at the Salcombe Yacht Club. A pre-dinner illustrated talk will be provided by John Risdon on the subject of “The Gentlemen’s Trade” – Smuggling. This should prove to be a most interesting historical talk that I am sure will captivate all those attending.

Sunday 10th September 2017 Yachts Depart at their leisure.  Please contact Jacky Neild ( and advise her of your intentions to join the rally and let have the number of crew you will have for the dinner. The sooner you can give her this information the better.  I will advise you of the costs of the dinner and the menu choices in my next Rally follow up email.  We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at this event.


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

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 2018Taunton - SGM SWSW committee
Note * in table above indicates Port Officer