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Latest Association News ...
Southampton Boat Show Ticket Offer
WOA will be at the Southampton Boat Show on Stand J020, courtesy of Mayflower Marina, Plymouth. Please call at the stand for a chat or to buy your WOA regalia. We will be holding a pontoon party for members on Thurs. 21 Sept from 4.00pm; come along to meet other members and sailing industry guests.

Westerly Owners' Association members can benefit from reduced show ticket prices for the 2017 Southampton Boat Show. Our thanks to John Goode for arranging this facility for us. You can find full details of how to purchase the reduced price tickets here.

Prospective members - Special Membership Offer
We are offering new members a special deal from the first day of the Southampton Boat Show. If you sign up to a Direct Debit, your membership will run to the end of 2018, giving you 15 months for the price of 12. Join on our Stand at the Show and you will receive a full membership pack; The Westerly Story, our current Magazine, and our Yearbook. If you join online, by post or by phone, the Magazine and Yearbook will be sent for an additional P&P charge of £3.
This offer applies only to new members, and not those who have been members before and are rejoining.
Contact: Tim Pullen Email

Lobster pots campaign – sign the petition!
The Cruising Association has re-started the parliamentary petition on the government website following the general election.

Poorly marked lobster pots and fishing gear are a significant hazard for coastal cruising people. Fishermen, too, lose expensive gear as a result of entanglements. In one year alone, the RNLI has dealt with 295 incidents of fouled propellers.

It is time to work together to find a solution that is cheap and practical for fishermen. With this aim, the CA hopes to secure a government consultation about the effectiveness of the current guidance and the merits of enforceable regulations for the whole of the UK. We are seeking a consensus amongst fishermen’s organisations as well as the RYA, RNLI and others concerned with yacht safety.

If you support our campaign, please: sign the petition, even if you had already done so, as previous votes can’t be carried over.

You can also report incidents to the CA via lobsterpots@theca.org.uk, or the RYA via this form. Tell your friends, family and club members about the campaign and petition.

It’s time to change the rules, for safety’s sake.

Yacht fined €500 for red diesel in Belgium
A WOA member in a UK-flagged yacht was stopped and checked after filling up with white diesel in Nieuwpoort, Belgium. Traces of red diesel were found in its tank and the owners were fined €500. For the past two years authorities in Belgium have been tolerating UK yachts with red diesel in their main tanks, but this may no longer be the case. Unless you have never used red diesel in your boat, you may want to reconsider any plan to pass through Belgian ports.

WOA MMSI Number
The Association has been allocated a group MMSI number for use by members taking part in WOA organised cruises. Members can find this number on the National Events page.
Contact: George Pickburn Email

Latest Area Group News ...
20 Sep 2017
South West Group report of Cornish Triangle Rally
09 Sep 2017
East Coast Group report of Ipswich Rally
07 Sep 2017
Channel Islands Group report on Vice Commodores visit
05 Sep 2017
South West Group Christmas Lunch
01 Sep 2017
South Coast Group Ryde Rally report
01 Sep 2017
South Coast Group Fitting Out Supper report
21 Aug 2017
East Coast Group AGM at Burnham on Crouch
14 Aug 2017
South West Group Salcombe Rally report
12 Aug 2017
South Coast Group, South East Cluster Autumn 'Mayday' Walk
09 Aug 2017
Bristol Channel Group Rally
Westerly in the Press ...

To broadly promote recreational sailing in Westerly yachts, the Association works to maintain and build awareness and knowledge of the Westerly brand, among owners and non-owners alike, by supplying ideas and articles to the major sailing press in the UK.


Practical Boat Owner  May 2017
Congratulations to PBO on its half-century anniversary issue. Its section "50 years of DIY boating" notes our own 50th anniversary, and includes "On the water with the WOA", describing Editor David Pugh’s sail aboard Commodore George & Jill Pickburn’s Westerly Storm. “It’s no wonder so many Westerlys are still sailing, and that their owners take so much pride in them,” was his assessment.
Practical Boat Owner  Mar 2017
‘Corsair issue’ with WOA members Nick and Carol Bullen’s boat Annie on the front cover, WOA members Peter and Linda Dances’ Kejomi in a 3page feature, and WOA members Tony and Judi Williams’ Windeye one of the 34-36 footers outlined in Peter Poland’s series that also reviews the Falcon, Riviera, Vulcan and Oceandream – From JR
Yachting Life  Jan 2017
WOA 50th article ‘Windward miles to the Westerly Jubilee’ on Mary Buchanan and Celtic gathering, Isle of Man, plus WOA charity cheque presentation photo and caption.
Yachting World  Nov 2016
Inclusion – just, at number 48 – of Westerly Centaur in YW’s ‘50 yachts that changed the way we sail’ illustrated article featuring some of the world’s most beautiful sailing boats.
Practical Boat Owner  Nov 2016
Front cover pic and article on Bob Shepton’s Westerly Discus Dodo’s Delight; pic and article on Jeremy and Kathy Spencer’s Westerly Solway 36 Sal Darago; and an illustrated account of how John and Wendy Culley’s Westerly Seahawk Wild Thyme was flooded – while ashore.
Yachting Monthly  Oct 2016
Six page review of First Dawn Treader, Dubois-designed Mk I Seahawk 34 owned by WOA members Stephen and Vanessa Jervis.
Practical Boat Owner  Sep 2016
‘Chasing the dream’ feature on WOA enthusiasts Bill and Sue Redgrove and their long distance voyaging on board their Westerly Sealord Camomile. Plus Mike and Mary-Ann’s leisurely trip round the UK in a Centaur, and a nod from the editor towards WOA’s 50th jubilee celebrations.
Yachting Life  Jul 2016
‘Westerly Owners ride crest of 50th Jubilee wave’ two page feature on growth in numbers of Westerly yachts and success of owners’ association
Practical Boat Owner  Jul 2016
Pages of sound advice and pictures on making a Westerly’s galley the homely heart of the boat.
BBC Radio Cornwall  7.24, 2nd May
Click here for a 4 minute intervew, broadcast at 07.24, 2nd May, with WOA member Peter Harvey on Association cruise to Padstow’s annual May Day celebrations.

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Yachting Life, All at Sea and other relevant titles are also supplied with Westerly material when opportunities arise.

The Association's PR and Communications Officer, former journalist and PR adviser John Ruskin welcomes ideas and contributions from members for future Westerly items: contact details in Members area.

 

Westerlys on the Web

If you are planning a cruise and want details of sea areas or harbours you want to visit click the link below to access the latest on line Chart package provided courtesy of Navionics.

Please note that this application is for planning purposes only and should not be used for navigation.

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Reproduced with kind permission of Yachting Life magazine