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

This year’s programme will be managed by our team consisting of captain, Tony Wildig, secretary Peter Roberts and treasurer Keith Bunker (who has remained in post for a further year). Mary Allen has joined the team as vice captain. See below for the draft of the programme agreed at the AGM on 24th February 2019, and come back to see how the rallies develop.

One of the ideas coming for the AGM, was a desire to share each other’s cruising plans to help planning of the “cruise in company” see below, or to facilitate members to recognise such an opportunity with others. If you would like to have published in brief form, any plans you would like to share, please send them to

Salcombe May 3-6

3rd to 5th May 2019  –  Salcombe Rally

This rally is being organised by our South West Captain – Tony Wildig  and from now on all your communications regarding this rally should be directed to him at his email address:

Schedule of Events

Friday 3rd May   
Yachts arrive in Salcombe and are directed by the Harbour Master to our reserved section of the visitors pontoon in “The Bag”. It may be necessary to raft up if the allocated space on the pontoon is not sufficient. The usual welcome Pontoon Party will take place from approximately 17:30 after which your time will be free to either go ashore for a meal or remain on board.  Berthing fees will be payable to the Harbour Master at a discounted rate. It would be a great help to the environment if you brought your own glasses to the party.

Saturday 4th May
Tony is in the process of looking into some form of excursion for part of the day, further information and a decision will be made during the previous evenings Pontoon Party.

The evening rally dinner will take place in the Chart Room at the Salcombe Yacht Club. The menu for you to choose your Main and Dessert is shown below and the cost for the meal will be £18 each.  Wine to go with the meal will be provided by the MOA. The harbour water taxi will be providing transport from the Bag to and back from the main quay. The normal charge for this is £2:00 per person each way. 
The plan is to arrive at the yacht club at about 19:00 (or earlier!) for a drink before the meal which is set for 19:30. 

Sunday 5th May
Yachts depart.

Salcombe Yacht Club Dinner Menu 

Main Course Choices
  a) Italian Veal Massala with Taggliatelli
   b) Roasted Monk Fish with Lemon Mash, Watercress Pure and Samphire
   c)  Caprice Salad
Dessert Choices
   d)  Salted Dark Chocolate Tart
   e) St Clementine Posset
Please advise Tony ( as soon as possible of your choices from the above menu together with any special dietary requests you may have. The cost for the meal will be £18 per head and this should be deposited into the following account:
Dr A Wildig  –   Account Number: 90015288   –  Sort Code: 40-01-29
Please reference the deposit with “MOA Salcombe and your Name” 

We look forward to welcoming to Salcombe

Fowey May 24-27

2019 – Fowey Rally – May 24th to 27th 

This is our second rally this month and hopefully the weather will hold as it did last year to make it a memorable few days. I have arranged for berthing to take place on either pontoon Number 1 or 2 in “The Pont Pill” which is almost directly opposite the main quay, very much closer to the action than it was last year when we berthed on the Grid Irons pontoon upstream of the Bodnick Ferry. 

Friday 24th May
Yachts arrive during the day/afternoon and you are asked to please contact the FOWEY HARBOUR PATROL on VHF Ch 12 to confirm the Rally Berthing arrangements. There will be the usual welcoming pontoon party from 17:30 onwards, as with all our pontoon parties you are asked to bring your own glasses. 
The evening will be free to go ashore and enjoy further refreshments on one or more of the many pubs and restaurants. the FOWEY WATER TAXI will be available for shore transport on VHF Ch 6 or Mobile: 07774-906730.

Saturday 25th May
The plan is to meet on the pontoon ready to go ashore at 09:30. A coach will meet us near the western bank of the ferry slipway and transport us to the EDEN PROJECT  where we will benefit from a group entry charge for Seniors (60+) £11 and Adults £14.75. We should arrive at the Eden Project at about 10:30 giving you the the morning and afternoon to explore this fantastic site. We will agree on a return time with the Coach driver. The cost for the coach based on a minimum of 15 passengers will be £8 each. This includes a small tip. 

Evening Rally Dinner at the Fowey Gallants Sailing Club – Provided by James at Denaro’s
We will meet on the pontoon to take the water taxi ashore at 18:30. This will give us time for pre dinner drinks before sitting down to eat at about 19:30.


A)  Leek & Cornish Blue Cheese Tartlet with mixed leaf salad.
B)  Kiln Roasted Salmon with Roasted beetroot & Watercress

C)  Beef & Vegetable Stew with Mashed Potatoes
D)  Pan Fried Chicken& Butterbeans with Chorizo, Garlic & Herb New Potatoes
E)  Fish Pie – Cod, Hake, Smoked haddock & Salmon in a white wine sauce with Leeks, Shallots &Herbs served with Peas and Carrots
F)  Roasted Vegetable Stew with Mashed Potatoes (Veggie Option)
G)  Roast Vegetable Lasagne with Garlic Bread  (Veggie Option)
H)  Apple Crumble with Custard 
I)   Chocolate Brownie with Whipped Cream
Please let me know well in advance if you have any allergen or dietary issues and I will endeavour to resolve them with the Chef.
The cost for the meal is £22 each and I would like you to please advise me of your choices from the above menu. 
We will decide when to meet for the return to our pontoon during the meal.

Sunday 26th May 
Last year we went up the Fowey River in our tenders/inflatables and we are going to repeat this excursion leaving the pontoon at about 10:00. It is high tide at Fowey at 11:00 BST so we may well be able to make it up the River Lerryn to the Village of Lerryn. What ever happens, subject to the weather, you are guaranteed a great time with a stop for lunch possibly at the Fishermans Arms, Golant which is about 1.25 miles up stream from Fowey.  
Remember to take extra fuel with you!! 
The evening will be free to do as you wish. 

-End of Rally-

Monday 27th May
Yachts that have not already departed will depart.

Please will you advise me as soon as possible if you will be joining the Eden Project Trip – I must have a minimum of 15 to make the number work otherwise I will have to resort to a Plan B. 
Please make all payments for the above (Coach, Eden Entrance and Dinner)  with your name as a reference to: Peter Roberts – Account Number: 66454301 – Sort Code: 50-42-37 

Many thanks,
Peter Roberts

Secretary MOA South West Branch


Falmouth 28-30 June

More will appear here as the rally programme is developed



Cherbourg/Guernsey 13-18 July

More will appear here as the rally programme is developed


Plymouth 13-16 August

More will appear here as the rally programme is developed

Torquay 13-18 September

More will appear here as the rally programme is developed

Minehead boatless October

More will appear here as the rally programme is developed

SW AGM Worcester 15 February 2020

More will appear here as the rally programme is developed

Bristol SW branch AGM

The MOA SW AGM was held to coincide with the MOA National AGM, with separate meetings but common events and visits. Read the report of the AGM

Events to come in 2019

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

3-6 May 2019SalcombeTony Wildig
24-27 May 2019Fowey (Eden Project, dinghy trip)Peter Roberts
28-30 June 2019FalmouthLen Cheshire
13-18 July 2019Cherbourg/Guernsey together with Solent branchMike Neave (Solent)/Tony Wildig
13-15 August 2019Plymouth (fireworks)Volunteers needed
13-15 September 2019TorquayTony Wildig
October 2019Minehead - boatlessVolunteers needed
15th February 2020SW AGM WorcesterSW Committee

Note * in table above indicates Port Officer