To cater for our Helmsman heading off to Lightning Ridge and as other members were also heading north, our AGM was held in May rather than June, resulting in two activities in May and none in June.

With our winter weather and some of our retirees heading north there has been no WBA action and little activity on the water for June.

Some members have taken short trips on the water. Doug & Marian Gullickson showed the lakes to two Canadian relations from Edmonton. Colin McArthur used “Ibis” to explore the canals, enjoying being on the water, but protected from the winds. John Nicholson is trying to hot up The Laughing Jellyfish by increasing the propeller RPM. Robert Irvine has been confined with knee surgery, but is looking forward to being more active and able to use “Lacconic” again.

We were sorry to lose a foundation and very active member Bob Emsell and Betty who have moved to a retirement village in Port Macquarie. We hope they enjoy their new home close to their children. Lawrence and Maureen Marshall have now sold all their boats, although they still retain an interest in wooden boats.

WINTER MEETINGS

Please note: the bar will NOT be open for our meetings and we are not allowed to sell alcohol.

Thursday 11 August Dutch Boats & Duvyken

Garry van Rijswijk will illustrate a talk on Dutch boats after which we will look at pictures of the Duvyken which visited Eden in 2006 and featured at the Hobart Wooden Boat show in 2007.

Meet at the Gippsland Lakes Yacht Club at 6.30pm for BYO dinner. Eat in company. The Bar will not be open. The talk will commence at about 7.30,

Thursday 15 September The Hobart trip 2011
NOTE – This is the third Thursday, not the second Thursday

Bernard O‟Kelly and Barry North and some of their crew will relive sailing to and from the Hobart Wooden Boat show this year with many pictures and stories.

Meet at the Gippsland Lakes Yacht Club at 6.30pm for BYO dinner. Eat in company. The Bar will not be open. The talk will commence at about 7.30,

Thursday 13 October Sailing the Horn

Tony Webster and David McGaskill will present their video on their trip to and around Cape Horn. Both are well known in the local boat maintenance industry. This follows on from their very interesting presentation last year.
Meet at the Gippsland Lakes Yacht Club at 6.30pm for BYO dinner. Eat in company. The Bar will not be open The talk will commence at about 7.30,

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Membership is open to all wooden boat enthusiasts. Many members own boats, others do not, but all enjoy the chance to get together and "muck about with boats". Their boats include rowing boats, putt-putts, radio controlled models, pond yachts, canoes, kayaks, steam-powered boats, sailing dinghies, dayboats and ocean-going yachts.

The Wooden Boat Association is based in Melbourne, with regular sailing days scheduled on Albert Park Lake, as well as other venues around Melbourne, and at least one weekend each year elsewhere in the state.

Especially welcome is the first-time wooden boat builder or restorer, who can expect to receive ample advice and assistance in getting their dream onto the water.

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  • Regular meetings with a wide range of interesting speakers and activities. Our usual venue is the Albert Park Yacht Club, with visits to other venues from time to time.
  • Monthly sailing days, on Albert Park Lake and other locations close to Melbourne.
  • Use of the Association's own boats, two traditional sailing boats, Begonia and Lindsay Symons, our canoe Stringybark, and our extremely rare Port Philip 12.
  • Access to the Association's extensive library of boatbuilding and other nautical books.
  • Companionship with sister associations in other states

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