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.

You can see some information about the AGM below. The main item on the agenda will a call to arms for the election of new officers for the Branch. You will be aware by now that all three of the remaining officers will be retiring at this AGM. Mary Allen, our Vice Captain has already had to resign through ill health, our Captain, Tony Wildig has completed three years of magnificent service and will be unable to see out his normal four-year term as a consequence of a continuing decline in his health. Keith Bunker our Treasurer has completed four years and will also not be standing for re-election. Our Secretary, Peter Roberts has completed three years and is due for replacement and will not be standing for election.

We are therefore looking for your support to seriously consider taking up a post in order to keep our branch operational. Please contact any one of us if you are interested and feel you could make up part of a team to take us through the next few years.  As stated, the normal term for these positions has been 3 years for Secretary and Treasurer and 4 years for Captain, however, we may need to be more pragmatic and accept nominations for shorter terms. 

Only 10-15% of the membership throughout the MOA attend rallies and events. This is disappointing considering all the work that goes into organising them.  The boat-less rallies have been one success in reaching out in recent years, but we are always open to suggestions on ways to improve the branch and its activities. Please so do not hesitate to contact us if you feel you could assist in any way possible.    

SW AGM Worcester 15 February 2020


Our 2019 AGM is scheduled to take place in Worcester over the weekend beginning Friday 14th February 2020. Tony Wildig our present Captain is busy planning events to entertain you over the weekend and at the moment these include guided tours of the Cathedral and the Royal Worcester Porcelain Museum on Saturday 15th. The benefit of visiting Worcester over this weekend is that we will be able to see the Worcester Re-enactors perform on Sunday.

Every February they blow away the cobwebs of Winter with a big multi-period show based at Worcester’s Commandery and Tudor House. There are hundreds of re-enactors from all over the country covering centuries of history.

The weekend will start with a dinner together on the Friday evening, then the activities already noted above on Saturday (for which transport will be provided from the hotel). The actual AGM will take place on the evening of Saturday 15th at the Pear Tree Hotel where we will have our own room and this will be followed by the evening meal. I will be sending out the menu in a future email and asking you to let us have your choices as well as attaching a copy of the AGM agenda.

Further information on the arrangements for our 2019 AGM will follow in due course but in the meantime it is not too soon to advise us if you are planning on attending this annual event.

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

Salcombe May 3-6

A very successful first rally of the season with 14 boats in the fleet. Rally report on the event report pages or click here

Fowey May 24-27

The Fowey Rally report can be seen on the events report pages

Falmouth 28-30 June *NEW*

Another successful rally exploring a new part of the River Fal and the Scillies. The report of this can be seen on the events report pages

Cherbourg/Guernsey 13-18 July

This rally is being organised by the Solent Branch


Plymouth 13-16 August - Cancelled

We are sorry to advise that the Plymouth Pantaenius Fireworks Rally has been cancelled this year due to poor support. 

It is hoped that this rally will be reinstated next year. 

In the meantime we have released all the berths reserved at Sutton Harbour Marina. If you are still interested on coming to Plymouth to view the fireworks then please contact Sutton Harbour Marina directly to reserve a berth: 

Torquay 13-18 September

Late in the season, however, this rally again was well attended. Look at the even reports page to hear what happened.

Minehead boatless October 11-13

This rally was well attended and the report can be found on the events report page

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 Rally
- Cancelled -
13-15 September 2019TorquayTony Wildig
11-13 October 2019Minehead - boatlessVolunteers needed
15th February 2020SW AGM WorcesterSW Committee

Note * in table above indicates Port Officer