IMG 20160424 142214Our April sailing day saw the St Ayles Skiff Cariad return to Albert Park Lake once again, with members of the Melbourne Welsh Church. Several of our members were able to take advantage of the wonderful conditions and enjoyed putting her through her paces.

Not to be outdone, Begonia also carried a number of WBA members in the light conditions, with not a leak in sight.

Penny Braybrook has been devoting a lot of time to sorting out our library, and now that we have some new shelving installed we have been able to start reorganising the display of our books and magazines. This has meant that we have been able to move several boxes of extra books and magazines out of storage, making much more of our collection available to members.

Our now nearly complete sets of The Boatman, and Classic Boat magazines have been added to the new shelving, and we are already wondering if we will actually have enough space for our entire collection.

Ken MacMahon recently joined the WBA, and he brought his beautiful Penny Fee to the lake for a little while in the morning. The Penny Fee is another Ian Oughtred design. We look forward to seeing her sailing once he completes the set up of her rigging.

The weather was ideal for a long, leisurely lunch on the balcony, watching the activities on the water, and many members took advantage of the balmy conditions.

Photos by Leigh McNolty, David Stott and Peter Batchelor.

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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.

Benefits of Wooden Boat Association Membership 

  • Become part of a friendly and sociable group of people with a common interest in wooden boats.
  • Receive Shavings, a monthly newsletter bringing timely news about events and activities in Victoria.
  • 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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