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

The rally programme dates for 2024 are now settled and they can be seen in the list below. The final details and programme for each of the rallies has yet to be finalised, but there will be a pontoon party on arrival and a rally dinner at a local restaurant on the Saturday evening. Click on the individual rally below to see if their are more details for that rally.  Booking forms and dinner menus will be sent out within the next few weeks, but in the meantime please put the dates in your sailing calendar.

Dartmouth 10-12 May 2024

The Dartmouth Rally will take place on the 10th and 12th May 2024, stating with a pontoon party on arrival on Friday the 10th.  Berths have been reserved on the walk-ashore pontoon and booking forms will be issued shortly.  The rally dinner will take place at the Royal Castle Hotel on Saturday evening. The meal  is arranged for 1930hrs, hence arrival by 1900 hrs is requested and the menu will be issued once the spring version is issued at a cost of about £35.  This has aways been a popular rally and a good start to the sailing season.

If you wish to attend this popular rally, please reply to the e-mail with the following details:

  • Owners Name:
  • Boat Name:
  • Boat length: (including any additional features, such as a dinghy, davits or other extensions).
  • Boat Draft:
  • Type of boat, e.g. sail, motor, catamaran:
  • How many nights stay you require: 1or 2
  • Whether you pay annual Dartmouth Harbour dues: Y or N.

The cost for the berthing is £2.57/m if you do not pay Annual Dartmouth Harbour Dues, and £1.57/m if you do.  However, once you submit your details, I or the Treasurer will send you an e-mail asking for the payment and how to pay.

Neil Ewins will be organising the event with help from Tim Rothwell, our Dartmouth Port Officer and the South Branch Committee.

Fowey rally 7-8 June
Falmouth - 12-14 July 2024

Join us for a weekend in the glorious Carrick Roads in west Cornwall, with the traditional Friday evening pontoon party; a visit to Falmouth lifeboat station and a meal ashore together on Saturday; then a sail in company on Sunday.

Friday night we will meet up the beautiful Truro River on an isolated mid river pontoon for Pimm’s and a Cornish cream tea, with socialising throughout the evening (see picture for a previous rally here).  Saturday will bring the opportunity for a sail around the Fal estuary, or a visit to either Trelissick House or the village of Malpas, before we move to Falmouth Haven in the centre of town who have offered a generous 15% discount on marina berthing.  An optional afternoon visit to the lifeboat station has been arranged, and the National Maritime Museum Cornwall is also on the doorstep.  The Saturday evening meal will be in the private dining rooms at the Chain Locker pub on Custom House Quay next door to the Haven.  Sunday will have the option of a sail in company to the Helford River to anchor for lunch and a swim, for those who are so inclined.  Those members who are on their summer cruise may then wish to arrange an informal sail in company west to the Isles of Scilly or east towards Plymouth. you can find more details and a booking form on the link below.

Any queries, please contact Alex Whatley, Falmouth Port Officer, via

Click for full details and booking form

Plymouth Fireworks 14-16 August 2024

The Plymouth Rally and Fireworks Competition is to take place on the 14th to 16th August 2024.  Final bookings have yet to be made, but the days are determined by the times of the Plymouth National Fireworks Competition. Full details will be forwarded to members shortly. The rally will be based at Plymouth Yacht Haven and the rally dinner will be ocean view, the Dome.

Brixham - 6-7th September
Boatless rally - 1-3 November 2024, Tintagel

This year the branch will resurrect the Boatless rally, and this will take place between the 1st and 3rd November 2024 at Camelot Castle in Tintagel.  This is a period castle overlooking the Bristol Channel to the north and the Moor to the South.  Special rates have been agreed for the accommodation and the rally dinner to be held on the Saturday evening and full details will be sent out to members and on the web site shortly.  This is a very attractive part of the world and we hope that many members will come to what will be an enjoyable weekend.

Away weekend and AGM for 2024 season, 31st January-2nd February 2025,

The 2025 South West away Weekend and AGM has been booked to take place on the 31st January to the 2nd February 2025, retuning to our normal scheduled dates.  Provisional bookings have been made, but these are to be confirmed and full details will be sent out to all members and on the web site by early June this year.  The format will be he same as used in past years as guests have enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere as well as the arranged events.

Events to come in 2024

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

10-11th MayDartmouth
7-8th JuneFowey rally
12-14 JulyFalmouthAlex Whatley
14-16 AugustPlymouth
6-7th SeptemberBrixham
1-3 NovemberBoatless
31 Jan-2 FebruaryAGM

Note * in table above indicates Port Officer