The day started overcast, but warm, with offshore and very shifty winds of approx 5 knots close to shore, and 10 – 15 knots out past the outer channel markers. Soon after lunch the sky cleared making pleasant sailing and boating conditions.

WBA members enjoying the day were :- Peter and Kirsty (Kirsty Anne), Penny and Jim (Talisman), Andrew and, later, son Orlando Yen (with their newly completed “Khaos Theory” see photo), David and Jenny Stott (Penguin), Leigh and Kerrin McNolty, Paul and Karen Rubera, and Tony and Linda Remington (Dulcibella, with new sailing rig).

Some members enjoyed sitting on the beach while others explored the South Channel Fort. Others (not mutually exclusive) cruised down to Blairegowrie and beyond. The Batchelors included some SCUBA diving, while we (yours truly) spent our time successfully tuning and testing the new rig for Dulcibella close to base.

Very few jet-skis were encountered ensuring a quiet and peaceful day for everyone. A recent member Bob Gaston dropped in and talked to Peter B about the Spindrift 11 that he is about to start building.Most of us decided to head for home after a very pleasant day, but Andrew, Orlando and Jenny and David decided to finish the day with the traditional fish and chips on the beach.

Tony Remington, OOD. Dulcibella, with additional photos by Kerrin McNolty

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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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