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.

It is with sincere regret that we have to announce the passing of Peter Roberts, who died on Tuesday 5th September.  Peter had been a member and true friend of the South West Branch for many years and was a great supporter of the branch and its activities.  With his Moody Eclipse 38 he attended as many rallies as he could and was always very willing to contribute in the organisation an pitch in whenever he was needed.  He was a key player in the organisation of the latest Plymouth Rally and will be sorely missed.

Our sincere condolences go to his wife, Julia, and his family.

Paul Kennedy, Treasurer,
for the South West Branch

Brixham 6-8th October

Hi everyone and this has been a very strange season for sailing with very unpredictable winds and cold and moody skies. However we have had a fantastic turnout out for all of our rallies this year. We have the last rally of the season on Friday October 6th and Saturday October the 7th.  It would be great to meet up before the winter storage of our yachts takes place. We have again secured exclusive use of the visitors pontoon for the Friday and Saturday.  This year we have something a little different.

Friday 6th October

This year the pontoon party will be located in the Brixham market hall. We have booked it exclusively and so we will have a roof over our heads. The club will of course be providing the usual drinks and snacks. We have also booked exclusively the South Devon Players who are currently touring the South West to give us some of the highlights from Macbeth. This will be a very unique and unusual experience for our Friday Evening party. The MOASW will be subsidising the event.

Saturday 7th October

This will be free time and a chance to explore Brixham. Some of the more adventurous may want to take a walk up to Berry Head light house. The evening meal we have again booked the Berry Head Hotel for our evening meal. The menu choices are below.

For those of you who are boatless and thinking of staying in the Berry head Hotel you can contact them directly on 01803 853225.

Looking forwards to meeting you all soon

Neil Ewins

Prices for a space on the pontoon with MDL marina are:
£3.65 per meter up to 12.5 m
£4.25 per meter greater than 12.6m

Friday evening Macbeth is £10.00 per head

Saturday evening meal is £36.00 per head.

Please e-mail me with your choices for the October rally with your choices.


  1.  Smoked Salmon Cannelloni Filled with a Prawn, Dill & Lemon Cream Cheese with Avocado, Lime & Chilli Salsa
  2.  Perhaps Pork, Apple & Black Pudding Terrine, Piccalilli & Toasted Sourdough)
  3.   Lightly Spiced Butternut Squash Soup

Main Course

D. Chicken Supreme filled with Mozzarella Served with Red Pepper & Chorizo Sauce
E  Slow Braised Beef Steak with Pomme Puree, Caramelised Silver Skin Onions & Claret Sauce
F   Salmon Fillet topped with a Prawn & Dill Sauce

Garlic Fondant Potatoes
 Sautéed Leeks with Pancetta
 Caraway Seeds Carrots & Mange Tout


G             Rich Dark Chocolate Caramel Delice with Honeycomb & Yogurt Curd
H             Rosemary & Thyme Crème Brulee with oppy Seed Shortbread
I               Biscoff Cheesecake & Honeycomb Ice-Cream

Coffee & Mints

Booking Form  for October 6th & 7th MOASW rally

Boat Name:                        Boat Length:                       Number of Nights:
Amount Paid:

Number of people for Friday evening Macbeth performance:                                        Amount Paid

Saturday Night evening meal.

Person 1 Name:                    Starter:                             Main:                    Dessert:
Person 2 Name:                    Starter:                             Main:                    Dessert:
Person 3 Name:                    Starter:                             Main:                    Dessert:

Total paid for Meal

Total paid all together

Can you please do a bank transfer to the account below and then e-mail your choices to          

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


Boatless rally TBC
Away weekend and AGM for 2023 season, 26-28th January 2024, Cardiff - venue and dates confirmed

The 2023 Season Southwest branch AGM will take place in Cardiff between Friday 26th and Sunday the 28th January 2024.  The venue will be the Holiday Inn, Cardiff City Centre.  Rooms have been reserved at £95 for double occupancy including bed and breakfast.  A special rate for an evening meal on arrival has been arranged at £20/hd and for the AGM dinner on the Saturday at £30/hd.

Tours will be arranged to a prominent Cardiff attraction for the Saturday and a walking tour of the Cardiff historical area for the Sunday morning.

Plenty of social time has been programmed into the weekend, and the hotel is a short walk to the City Centre.

Full details booking arrangements and menu choices will be issued shortly, but please add this event into your dairy.

All MOA members are welcome, irrespective of your branch.

Dartmouth 12-13 May completed
Fowey rally 2-3 June - completed

Despite the difficult sea conditions seven boats arrived on the Friday for the pontoon party.  Two boats were new to our rallies, Joanna and Blue Jazz and we were delighted to welcome them.  All 16 of us enjoyed a super pontoon party in perfect weather.

On the Saturday we had a leisurely walk around Fowey, and on Saturday evening we took a water taxi ashore to Gallants Restaurant where we were joined by three other crews who came by car.  We were delighted to see these three crews, who were also new to our rallies. Gallants as ever produced a splendid meal.

The whole rally was a very enjoyable event.

Brett Whitby-Smith

The MOA SW Branch Captain and Committee would like to thank Brett and Susan for arranging and managing a super rally.  They must also have some special contacts to ensure that the weather was so special on the day.“


Falmouth 21st-23rd July - completed, report below

Falmouth Rally report

The weekend of the 21-23rd July saw 9 boats and their 22 crew gather on the Ruan pontoon up the Truro River for the annual Falmouth rally.  Friday night saw the traditional pontoon party with cream tea (jam first, of course) and Pimms and lemonade bringing the crews together to renew old friendships and make some new ones.

Saturday had been planned as a day for self-guided dinghy trips to Trelissick House or the village of Malpas, but with the forecast 30kn gusts and horizontal rain arriving as predicted, members sensibly decided to socialise on each other’s boats and generally enjoy the beauty of the river between squalls.

On Saturday evening Kenny Pilson arrived with his water taxi to take the group to the excellent Pandora Inn on Restronguet Creek, a lovely venue with good grub, where we were joined by the crew of another local boat, for whom engine trouble meant arriving at the Pandora by car.  It’s a fabulous pub, well worth a visit by yacht if you are passing and have the tide times in your favour.  Getting back on the water taxi to arrive back about at the pontoon around 2130, there was plenty of onward socialising around the fleet.

Sunday dawned with much better weather, which for most allowed for a relaxed start to the day before saying their goodbyes and heading off in different directions – albeit a strong contingent sailing back east.

Alex Whatley
Falmouth port officer
Eclipse 33 Gemini

Plymouth Fireworks 16-18 August -Completed

Follow the link for an extensive report on this very successful rally. It can also be found on the SW events page

Events to come in 2023

You can now order a range of leisurewear such as rugby shirts, polos etc, in addition to waterproof crew bags with the SW logo andblank your boat name embroidered* on them. We had a direct link to an order page, however, because of low volume this has lapsed, hence to order you should call Kitz UK.

* 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.

If you have any queries, please contact the SW webmaster at

12-14th MayDartmouthCompleted
2-3rd June 2023Fowey rallyCompleted
21-23 JulyFalmouthAlex Whately
16-18 AugustPlymouthPeter Roberts
6-8 OctoberBrixhamNeil Ewins
2-4 FebruaryAGMPaul Kennedy

Note * in table above indicates Port Officer