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

The main sailing programme for 2021 is of course, over and our next even is the AGM which will be held in Exeter early next year, Covid gods willing! Please see further details below.

If you want to see captain Neil’s take on the year, look at Compass report which did not actually make it into the pages of Compass


SW Branch AGM

Calling Notice
Moody Owners South West  AGM 2022

Saturday 5th February 2022

Thank you for your support and engagement throughout 2020 / 2021.

As with all recent AGMs (apart from this year), this will be a weekend away with lots of activities to attract our members rather than a traditional formal AGM only. Although you are welcome to the AGM as a stand alone event if that works best for you.

Thank you to the 40 or so members who have indicated their intentions to join the AGM on 5/6th February 2022

However you may have been waiting to hear what we have planned. So here is the programme that we have arranged for the weekend. Please refer to the end of this communication for actions you need to take.

Nomination of Officers

Irrespective of whether or not you wish to attend, we are seeking nominations for the officers of the SW branch, in particular for treasurer as our current treasurer has indicated that he will not continue in role after this year.

The branch can only continue to operate with a team of officers to organise events (such as this) and the rallies during the sailing season, hence we urge members to step forward to support the branch.

SW Trophies

We have potentially three trophies to award. They are:
* The Manoeuvre Trophy – awarded in recognition of a particularly tricky sailing manoeuvre during the year.
*The Confession Trophy – for owning up to a sailing blunder/mishap during the year
*The Achievement Trophy – For an outstanding contribution to the branch

Please submit any nominations for a member to receive one of the trophies to our secretary

Friday 4th February

Arrival at the Mercure hotel which has parking on site. Own arrangements for dinner that evening.

Saturday 5th February

1100 hrs               Tour of the Cathedral *
1330 hrs               Tour of the Exeter masonic lodge *
1700 hrs               AGM
1800 hrs               Drinks (own account)
1830 hrs            Talk by Penny Tranter of the Met office
(Penny is a keen sailor and advised crews of the last two Fastnet races on the weather and was part of the Met office team leading the advice for the 2012 Olympics.)
1930 hrs               Dinner

Sunday 6th February

1100 hrs              Walking tour of Exeter*which will be focused around the historic quayside.
* There will be a small charge for each of these tours, amount to be advised later.

Actions needed

John,If you wish to join the weekend and have not already let us know, please let our secretary know (

Book your hotel room direct with the Mercure hotel on 01392 412812, selecting option 2. Then make your booking referencing meeting code 55310541.

Rooms are priced at £89 per night single occupancy or £99 per night double. Rates include breakfast. Payment should be made directly to the hotel.

Dinner on Saturday evening will be a fixed price at £33 pp including some wine with the meal. There is no price reduction ordering fewer than the three courses.

Please advise the secretary, which of the tours on Saturday/Sunday, you wish to join so that we can assemble a suitable number of guides.
We will advise later further details of the events and charges for these (likely to be around £5 pp per tour). We will also advise the account number to pay for these events and for the Saturday evening meal.

Let the secretary know if you wish to be nominated for any of the branch roles. 
Let the secretary know of anyone you wish to be considered to receive one of the trophies.

Guernsey Rally

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.

River Fal Rally

A successful first rally was held with a good attendance level. 

Plymouth Rally

A good rally with 38 people taking part in some of the rally, with 35 attending the final dinner and 28 visiting The Box, a new attraction in Plymouth.

It was great to have four children on the rally and they had a great time.

Brixham Rally

A great end of season rally with ten boats attending despite the poor weather on the way up to Brixham. It was nice to see several new attendees 

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

25-27 June 2021River Fal Neil Ewins
18-20 August 2021PlymouthJohn Oldham
10-12 September 2021BrixhamNeil Ewins
February 2022SW AGM Location TBASW Committee

Note * in table above indicates Port Officer