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.
Programme for 2021
Although the pandemic has yet to release us from its grip, we are hoping that a somewhat shortened programme of events will be possible this year, guided of course by the government’s regulations in force at the time of each rally. With that preamble out of the way, here is what we have planned.
In late June we hope to organise a rally to Guernsey, a favourite place for many of us in the south west. If Guernsey remains closed to visiting yachtsman at this time, we will instead organise a rally to the beautiful Fal estuary. We will take a decision on this in early May.
In August, we will be holding a rally in Plymouth to coincide with the national fireworks competition. Note that because of this, it will be a mid-week rally not a weekend one. A new attraction in Plymouth (the Box) was due to open last year and we are hopeful to be able to visit this year as part of the rally as well as a dinner with a prime view of the fireworks.
Our final rally this year will be to Brixham, that iconic fishing town at the western edge of the Cornish Riviera and site of the landing of William of Orange in 1688.
We will not be having a “boatless” rally this year and we have yet to finalise the location of the AGM which will be held early in 2022.
For all these rallies, we will send details by e-mail to SW members in due time and of course the plan for each rally will be updated on the SW pages of the website as our planning develops.
AGM 23rd January 2021
The SW AGM was held by Zoom on Saturday afternoon, 23rd January. We had some 23 separate Zoom connections with 28 people in total attending. This was fewer than we would normally see at previous AGMs, but then they are normally a fun packed weekend, rather than looking at a computer screen, so it was pleasing to see the effort that was made, including several members we have not seen before. Particularly pleasing was the presence of Dee and Ieuen Cornish attending following the sad passing of Mark almost a year ago.
The call of “you are on mute” was uttered several times during the meeting, but in general the operation of the AGM went well and many of the members present had good input to the proceedings. The previous year’s AGM minutes and accounts were approved and the membership welcomed the committee’s efforts to secure a programme for the coming season, albeit that it is clouded with uncertainty due to the pandemic.
The draft minutes will be posted on the “more info” page of the SW area of the website.
River Fal Rally
Our first rally has now been organised with a good attendance level. A fun weekend is planned.
The fireworks are back! A rally focused around this annual event is planned for 18-20 August. It will be based at Plymouth Yacht Haven with a Pantaenius sponsored drinks party held on the pontoon on Wednesday evening. Tables have been booked at The Bridge, the on site restaurant for Wednesday evening.
A short ferry to the Barbican won Thursday will give access to the Plymouth Gin factory where tours have been booked and also to a new exhibition and museum space called The Box. The rally dinner has been booked at The Waterfront restaurant which is a great location to view the second evening of the fireworks competition.
Our continued review of the situation in Guernsey have led us to the conclusion that we cannot organise a rally this year. The island is under strict quarantine for visitors, without any idea of when that will change.
Events to come in 2021
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. 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 treasurer at email@example.com
|25-27 June 2021||River Fal||Neil Ewins|
|18-20 August 2021||Plymouth||John Oldham|
|10-12 September 2021||Brixham||Neil Ewins|
|February 2022||SW AGM Location TBA||SW Committee|
Note * in table above indicates Port Officer