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. At our AGMon 3/4February, a provisional list of rallies for the year was agreed. This can be seen below and will be updated as the rallies develop. A draft minutes of the meeting is in preparation and will be posted when available.

This year’s programme will be managed our team consisting of captain, Tony Wildig, secretary Peter Roberts and treasurer Keith Bunker (who has remained in post for a further year).

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

One recently shared is from David Somers, who is cruising to the Channel Islands (Alderney or Guernsey) starting from Plymouth on July 3rd and leaving Salcome on 4th July. Anyone wishing to join David should contact him on

Bristol SW branch AGM

The MOA SW AGM will be held to coincide with the MOA National AGM, with separate meetings but common events and visits. The SW branch will have separate tables at the Saturday dinner and its own AGM on the Sunday morning before the national AGM. In order to book to attend, you will need visit the following page on this website SW branch and national AGM booking 

Hereford boat less rally

You can read all about our final wonderful “boatless” rally  here

Falmouth Rally September 14-16

The rally will be centred on the River Fal, with berthing arranged on the pontoon at Turnaware Bar just south of the King Harry Ferry. The cost of berthing has been arranged at £12 per boat per night if books of 10 x 1-night tickets are purchased.

Books can be shared between boats and used as desired (normal cost £15 per night).

Friday evening – A pontoon party will be held at 4 pm on Friday 14th.
Saturday morning – A trip by dinghy is suggested to Trelissick Gardens (NT). This is approximately 150 metres by dinghy. (charges for non members apply)
Saturday evening – dinner has been arranged at the 13th century ‘Pandora Inn’ on the waterside at Restronguet passage at 7.30 pm. (It is tidal so we cannot arrive earlier) It is approximately 4.6 kilometres from the pontoon so a water taxi has been arranged to collect us at 7 pm and take us back when required. The cost of the taxi will be a maximum of £10 per head dependent upon numbers.
Sunday morning – coffee and social on the pontoon

Members are, of course, welcome to join us for any part of the rally and extend their stay if they wish. To aid the organisation, please advise Len of your berthing requirements and whether you will attend the dinner. If you have particular requests or requirements, we will try to accommodate them.

Further information on nearby harbours and facilities (by boat or dinghy)

  • Mylor Yacht Harbour – marina, chandlery, yacht club, restaurant – 4.5 km
  • Malpas – The Heron Inn – 4.5 km
  • Falmouth – Town, shops, pubs, restaurants, marinas, museums, art gallery, Royal Cornwall Yacht club – 9 km
  • South West Coast Path – scenic coastal path accessible from most beaches and rivers.


Pantaenius Plymouth Rally

Proposed Schedule of Events   All times are Local

Tuesday 7th August 2018

Yachts arrive during the day and afternoon at Sutton Harbour, our chosen berthing for this years Rally. You may recall there is a lock to this marina and it is open during the day on Tuesday 7th August for “Freeflow” between 12:08 and 16:54. Please call the marina on VHF CH.12 or 01752-204732 if you wish to enter outside these times.

Afternoon and Evening 

A pontoon party will be held on the veranda adjacent to the Sutton Harbour Marina Office from 18:30 onwards. You will be presented with a Rally information pack on arrival.    The rest of the evening is free but if you are dining out it is recommended that you make a reservation with your chosen Restaurant.

Wednesday 8th August 2018

Morning and Afternoon

The plan for today is to visit Morwellham Quay ( Morwellham Quay is a historical port in Devon on the upper reaches of the Tamar River, south of Gunnislake. The port had its peak in the Victorian era and now runs as a tourist attraction and museum.  Between the slate-fronted former harbour master’s house and the Ship Inn are the iron rails (1817) on slate sett ‘sleepers’ that linked the canal incline with the old copper ore quays.  There is the opportunity to travel on the historic railway and to experience the story of mining deep underground.
The cost of this excursion is yet to be confirmed and will depend on the numbers wishing to attend. The public retail price is about £11 entry to the site and a further £4.50 for the train. Dogs are welcome but must be kept on a lead and are charged £1 for entry. Morwellham Quay has easy wheelchair access to the toilets and reception. Please note that due to the nature of the site there are some uneven pathways, steps and slopes.
Transport to and from the Quay will be by private coach picking up from the Sutton Harbour Marina at 12:00 and dropping back off again at the Marina at about 17:00.

Evening – Fireworks Competition – First Night

This evening we have not arranged for a set meal prior to the Fireworks but suggest again that you make a reservation at a restaurant of your choice prior to arriving in Plymouth. The Plymouth Area will be very busy with the Fireworks Competition attracting many visitors, therefore booking a restaurant is essential.

Thursday 9th August 2018

Morning and Afternoon

You are free to arrange your own amusement during the day.

Evening – Group visit to Princess Yachts followed by Rally Dinner and the Fireworks Competition

A private coach will collect the group from Sutton Harbour Marina at 16:30 for the visit to Princess Yachts in Plymouth. The home of Princess Yachts is, as some of you will know, closely associated with Moody Yachts and indeed some of Princess’s current employees came from Moody. The coach will collect the group from Princess at about 19:00 for onward travel to the Waterfront Pub/Restaurant (19:30 for 20:00) for the rally dinner (dress code – come as you are – warm!) The Fireworks usually start at about 21:15 and once the show is over you will be walking back to the Marina which will take about 30 minutes depending on where and how many times you stop along the way.

Friday 10th August 2018

End of Rally  – Yachts Depart

The constraints for this rally, so far –

  • Group Size is 30 maximum for the visits to Morwellham and Princess Yachts.
  • Appropriate clothing and flat shoes should be worn, particularly for the Morwellham Tour as the ground is uneven and there are some steps and slopes.
  • Attendees berthed in other marinas will have to find their own way to Sutton Harbour to meet the coaches.

Please will you indicate your intention to attend this rally and the arranged visits with the number of guests you will have,  by email to Graham Marsh on . Graham has very kindly offered to run this rally and has been responsible for making all the arrangements to date.



Fowey Rally

A great first rally of the season with 15 boats in glorious bank holiday weather. Click here or go to the reports page to “read all about it”.


Cruise in Company from Plymouth

This rally turned out to be a cruise to Falmouth with ten boats. Click here or go to the reports page to read Tony’s account.

Events to come in 2018

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

7-10 August 2018Pantaenius Plymouth Rally for the National Fireworks CompetitionPeter Roberts
15-16 September 2018Falmouth/Malpas - note changed datesLen Cheshire*
October 13/14Hereford 'boat-less' rallyBob Keys
23-24 February 2019Bristol - MOA SW AGMSW Committee

Note * in table above indicates Port Officer