The Wooden Boat Association announces the Alan Chinn Award for excellence in boatbuilding.

Nominations are now open for the inaugural Alan Chinn Award.

This is a new award for a member of the Association who has completed a boatbuilding project that shows excellence in the skills of boatbuilding. The award recognizes the contribution made by Alan Chinn to the formation of the WBA and the example he set in the skills of boatbuilding and in assisting members in their boatbuilding projects.

While any type of wooden vessel is eligible for the award, be it a motor boat, sailing boat, rowing boat, canoe, kayak or model boat, a new build or a restoration, a key principle is that it is given to a person not a boat or a project. The story of the person, their efforts to gain skills and apply them to the project and their appreciation for the traditions of wooden boat building are an essential part of the assessment for the award.  

The perpetual trophy made by Greg Blunt was on display at the Christmas Party, with Alan Chinn present to see the award announced. The winner's name will be inscribed on the trophy and they will also receive a plate to affix to their boat. Check details of the Rules and Requirements of the procedure and the timeline, and download the nomination form.

 The 2019 panel consists of Graham Signorini (WBA Committee), Greg Blunt and Peter Batchelor.

Nominations close on 31st March 2019 (this closing date has been extended from that shown in the Rules and Requirements document because this is the first year of the award and we have had limited time to set up the process). This year the award presentation will be made at the AGM on Sunday 28th July 2019.

Completed nomination forms can be handed to a Committee or panel member or posted to:  Wooden Boat Association, Alan Chinn Award,  PO Box 5237  South Melbourne    VIC    3205

We look forward to seeing some interesting projects and hearing our nominees' stories.

Call for Contributions

Have you recently had a great day on the water, voyaged from A to B successfully, or completed a small project such as a locker lid or new spar? Our members would love to hear about it!.

Please send a short paragraph and a picture to the Shavings Editor, preferably by email to, so that we can include your account in Shavings.

We also encourage members to share their achievements and experiences at club nights. Bring along photos, drawings or examples and feel welcome to talk about these as part of the meeting.

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