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.

Falmouth - 12-14 July 2024

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

Friday 12th
LW         0403 BST, 1.04m         1618 BST, 1.27m
HW        0949 BST, 4.41m         2213 BST, 4.53m
Truro port information at

Meet on pontoon up the Truro River, in approximate position 050 13’.73N, 050 00’.95W

From 1630 – pontoon party with Pimms and Cornish cream tea (that’s jam first), followed by socialising and evening meal aboard your own boats

Saturday 13th
LW         0447 BST, 1.34m         1706 BST, 1.56m
HW       1048 BST, 4.20m         2318 BST, 4.29m

Sail down the Carrick Roads and anchor for lunch and a swim, tucked in behind St Anthony Lighthouse, aka Fraggle Rock – if you know, you know…!

Alternatively, self-directed dinghy trips from the pontoon either south to Trelissick House or north to explore the village of Malpas, where food and drink are available at the café by the pontoon or at the Heron Inn

Sail to Falmouth Haven in the centre of town
Optional tour of Falmouth Lifeboat Station, starting 1500hrs

Other town attractions include the National Maritime Museum Cornwall

Meal at the Chain Locker, 1830 for 1900.

Sunday 14th
LW 0540 BST, 1.64m 1805 BST, 1.83m
HW 1200 BST, 4.04m

Free to explore local creeks, or a join cruise in company to the Helford River, anchoring for lunch and a swim off Durgan village.  Some members may wish to organise a follow-on passage either west to the Scillies, or East to Fowey or Plymouth, or both – to be discussed over the weekend.

Mooring & food cost
Truro Pontoon discounted to fixed price of £14.40/boat per night, paid at time of booking.

Saturday evening meal – dependant on food choice, paid at time of booking.

Falmouth Haven – discounted to £3.91/m per night, paid to marina office on arrival.

RNLI visit – donations to RNLI taken at station.
Trelissick house £15 adult/£7.50 child/group rates/free for NT members, paid on entry.
Maritime Museum – £18 adult/£9 child/under 5 free/group discounts for 10+, paid on entry.

Please contact me via or 07808195760 If you have any queries.

Please complete the booking form, attached, and return it to me as soon as possible.  A copy of the Chain Locker Restaurant menu is also attached, or you can see it on the web by following the link above.  If you have a problem with the booking form, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Plymouth Fireworks 14-16 August 2024

We are now finalising the arrangements for the Plymouth Rally and Fireworks, which is to be held on the 14th to 16th August 2024.  This is a popular event, and due to the National Fireworks Competition, the marina fills up quickly.  We have reserved several berths for our members, but the marina will require a list of boats in mid-July.  I am away until then, hence this message now with pre-rally information.  Clearly, the marina is fully aware that weather conditions may be an issue on the day.

The rally will begin on Wednesday the 14th of August, with boats expected to arrive during the day.  There will be a pontoon party at 1700, and we have reserved a table at the Bridge Restaurant at 1900 for 1930.  The menu for this will be issued as soon as it is available, and you will be invited to select your choices beforehand so that the courses are served at the save time.  Wednesday is the first day of the Fireworks Competition, so you may watch the fireworks from the Bridge, your boat or, for those with their boats in other marinas the final contestant can be viewed from the ferry terminal.

On Thursday the 15th, unlike previous years, we have not pre-arranged any tours as there are many attractions in Plymouth and members have suggested that for this year they would like time to choose their own.  Recommendations include the Aquarium, the Gin Factory for those who have not done it, The Box and Mayflower Museums and a cruise up the Tamar.  The latter may sound like carrying coals to Newcastle, but on a nice day a cruise past the naval dockyard or to Mount Edgecombe can be very pleasant.

On the Thursday evening, we have booked the Ocean View at the Dome Restaurant (on the Hoe) for a meal at 1830 (6:30 pm), so you are asked to arrive by 1800.  This is the best view in town to see the final of the fireworks competition which should be over by 2130-2200.  This year we have brought the timing forward, so that those in the Yacht Haven have time to catch the Ferry back to Mount Batten.  Last year we used a coach, but they are now very expensive and the walk to the coach is about the same as to the ferry.  If the fireworks competition is not finished by 2130, it can be viewed from the front as we walk to the ferry. Like the Bridge Restaurant, the menu will be issued shortly for your selection.

The branch will submit a marina booking form for all participants requiring a berth, so if you are planning to attend this rally could you please let me know, without commitment at this stage, so that I can inform the marina of how many berths we might need.  In your reply please state:

Your Name:

Boat Name:
Boat Model (e.g. M31, M40, M AC 41 Classic etc.):
Number of people attending:
Boat LOA:
Length of stay (No. of nights) if berth required:

If you keep your boat in Plymouth and plan to attend this rally but do not need a berth, please also respond to this e-mail as it will help ensure that we reserve sufficient places for the meals.

Once we have this information, nearer the time we will send you an email with the cost of the berth, where appropriate, which to achieve the rally discount will be collected by the branch and paid to the Haven Master as one payment.

I am organising the rally, so if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me by replying to this email

Paul Kennedy
Moody Owners Association
Treasurer, Southwest Branch

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,

This will, due to popular request, be held at the Hotel attached to the RNLI college in Poole, with a tour of the lifeboat training area and simulator.  Being an operational training school. We are only able to pre-book accommodation at the hotel for the Saturday night, but closer to the event, rooms will be released for the Friday if available.  We are still planning for an arrival dinner on the 31st, but if no accommodation is available at the RNLI hotel it is suggested that a local hotel would be appropriate.  All this will be made clear closer to the time, but in the meantime please put these dates in your diary. Coordinators, Weekend – Paul Kennedy, AGM – Peter Satchel.

Dartmouth 10-12 May 2024 Rally complete
Fowey rally 7-8 June - now completed

The Captain and Committee of the South West Branch of the MOA are please to confirm the details for the forthcoming Rally to Fowey on the 7th to 9th June 2024.  Our Fowey Port Officer, Steve Clemens will be the duty officer and is arranging the event.

The rally will start at 1700 (5pm) with a pontoon party on the floating pontoon.  Steve’s wife, Vivienne, is making traditional Cornish scones for this party, and there will also be the traditional wine, beer, soft drinks and nibbles.  There is a water taxi to run people ashore which operates up to 2230 (10;30pm).

On the Saturday there are a number of attractions in Fowey and its lovely locale. These include:

blankA Circular Walk around what is known locally as the Hall Walk.  There are wonderful views of the harbour at various points throughout.  Moderate terrain with a steep hill to start.  Walk starts with a crossing of the Bodinnick Ferry returning to Fowey on the Polruan passenger ferry. There are a couple of pubs in Polruan where refreshments and lunch can be taken.  The Ferry from Caffal to Boddinick costs £2.50 and that from Polruan to Fowey £3.00. This is a lovely scenic walk with several benches dotted throughout the 6.5km walk (abo

ut 2hrs +/ -) – maybe take something to drink and something to nibble and enjoy the view. It has some steep sections with pathways that are mixed between steps and soil / rocks – good

footwear would probably be a good idea and if it has been raining it will be slippery. You can start in either direction it is recommended to go clockwise as you see the sights better as the views are in the direction you walk. A map of this walk is in the attachment to this e-mail.

Alternatively, visitors can take the Water Taxi into Fowey.

On the Saturday evening there will be the rally dinner at the Royal Fowey Yacht Club, and this has been booked for 2000 (8 pm), so that guest will have time to catch the Water taxi back to their boats.  The Last taxi is 2230 (10:30 pm).

Tripper to Gollant – Before dinner, one option is to take the Tripper up the river to Gollant for pre-dinner drinks at the Fisherman’s Arms.  The boat would leave the pontoon at 17:30 and return to the Town Quay, Fowey, for 1930.  The cost of this tour is £15pp and will depend on n=umbers, so please let us know as soon as possible if you are interested by replying to this e-mail. 

Berthing: Berths have been reserved on Pontoon 3, just off the lifeboat station and shop.  Steve Clemens, our port officer and organiser of the rally, will be on the pontoon to welcome boats arriving on Friday 7th.  Charges for the berths will be collected by the Harbour Master and cost £2.5/mtr rounding up the boat length to the half metre.  This cost will be discounted by 10% for Moody Owners. The Pontoon Party will begin at about 1700 (5pm) 

Rally Dinner:

The Rally dinner has, as stated above, been arranged on Saturday 8th at 2000 (8pm) at the Royal Fowey Yacht Club.  The menu choices are given in the attachment and the costs will be:

Main Course only – £16
Mail Course with either Starter or Desert – £21
Starter, Main Course and Desert – £25

We have annotated the menu with selection codes, so if you wish to attend this rally please send your menu choices by replying to this e-mail by the 30th May so that the restaurant can make sure that it has your selection ready.

Your response: (if you do not plan to attend this rally, please do not feel obliged to respond)

If you wish to attend this rally, please complete the following in your reply:

Boat Name ……………………..
Boat Length ……………………. (Mtrs)

People Attending:
Name 1 ……………………………     Menu Choice ………………………..
Name 2 ……………………………     Menu Choice ………………………..
Name 3 ……………………………     Menu Choice ………………………..
Name 4 ……………………………     Menu Choice ………………………..

A Typical example of a menu choice would be “S2, M3, D2.”

Estimated time of arrival …………………….

Although late entries can be arranged, I you are planning to attend you are asked to submit your response before the 30th May if possible.  No pre-payment is required, and the harbour charges and cost of the meal will be paid to the Harbour and Yacht Club.  Please note that the Yacht Club only accepts credit/debit cards and not cash.  However, Steve Clemens has agreed to take cash if that is all you have and pay the Yacht Club.

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 rallySteve Clemens
12-14 JulyFalmouthAlex Whatley
14-16 AugustPlymouthPaul Kennedy
6-7th SeptemberBrixhamNeil Ewins
1-3 NovemberBoatlessNeil Ewins
31 Jan-2 FebruaryAGMPaul Kennedy/Peter Satchel

Note * in table above indicates Port Officer