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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  Jun 2016
More Westerly boats: in the Peter Poland spotlight this month are the Fulmar 32, Storm 33 and Storm Cruiser, and Seahawk 34, complete with photos
Yachting Life  May/June 2016
Ed Dubois tribute; ‘Westerly Owners round the 50th’ article; WOA press advertisement.
Practical Boat Owner  May 2016
Owners of the Renown 31, Discus 33 and Westerly 33 comment on what they like about their boats: the magazine’s latest review of the most popular ‘go anywhere’ 31-33 footers sold in large numbers as a logical step up from the many smaller Westerlys.
Yachting Monthly   Apr 2016
‘Still sailing solo at 94’ in a 32ft Westerly Renown owner bought new in 1971 – feature article; plus another 5 page feature from WOA member Bob Shepton on sailing in the wilds of Greenland aboard his Westerly Discus.
Yachting Life   Mar-Apr 2016
Vice-Commodore Mary Buchanan’s ‘Oceanranger, my ideal boat’ three page feature article explains how the 38ft Westerly gives such good service. The issue also includes news of WOA appointments for her and George Pickburn.
Practical Boat Owner  Feb 2016
Profile on Ed Dubois, designer of some of Westerlys' most sought-after designs; plus illustrated feature on fitting a new rudder bush bearing to a Westerly.
Practical Boat Owner  Nov 2015
"Best-selling 28-30ft boats" feature includes Westerly Konsort appraisal by Commodore Andy Truscott of his boat Drongo, one of the 700-plus built.
Practical Boat Owner  Oct 2015
Generously illustrated feature article on how new sails transform 1979 Westerly 33 "more speed, less leeway". Plus, why a Westerly Pageant owner made his first pan-pan call.
Yachting Monthly  Oct 2015
Calling all current and aspiring Fulmar owners - four page assessment and photos of an immaculate example in magazine's latest "Used boat test". Is this the best design that Westerly ever built?
Yachting Monthly  Sep 2015
On bookstalls from Aug 20th. In"The last Westerly ever built" feature article on a beautiful Ocean 33, owner (and WOA member) Chris Lane tells how Otter II earned her £150,000 price tag.

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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