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February 2017

South West: Fitting Out Weekend in Pembrokshire

27th February 2017 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Dawn of Thursday 16th February saw us packing our cases and our elderly Labrador “George” into the car and heading for the M5 and the Severn Bridge. I had spent some time at Swansea during my maritime career but had never ventured as far as Pembrokeshire. Julie had never been to anywhere in Wales so…

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May 2017

South West: Dartmouth SW WOA Rally – Sea Gypsy’s perspective

27th May 2017

Arrival. Being single handed I just love small crowded pontoons... so arrive early. Ha. One slot on the end left. With trepidation, dodging the red pontoon mooring buoy which seemed to be just where I wanted to be and attacked by ferries Sea Gypsy and I with the help of a friendly reception committee arrived.…

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South West: Salcombe Rally

31st May 2017 - 2nd June 2017

Salcombe Rally After a very successful rally in Dartmouth a number of boats decamped to join the Salcombe rally. Westerlys started to arrive on the visitor's pontoon from 10.00 am having left Dartmouth around 06.30 to take the tide around Start Point. In the event the advantage disappeared at Prawle Point and it was a…

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July 2017

South West: Overnight meet at anchor at Babbacombe

1st July 2017

The sun shines on the Westerlys In the run-up to the weekend, the weather was rather unseasonal with heavy rains and almost gale force northerlies on the Friday evening prior to the event. However, Saturday morning brought sunny clear blue skies with much lighter winds to the relief of the organisers. The boats started to…

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September 2017

South West: Fowey / Falmouth / Helford Event

20th September 2017

A Cornish Triangle We decided that a sail to Fowey from Plymouth would be a good idea with a foul tide and a westerly blow. Well, last time we were out we had motored back from the Scillies, so we needed some proper time under sail. You might at this point see our logic, but…

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South West: Salcombe Rally

27th September 2017 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

After a very successful rally in Dartmouth a number of boats decamped to join the Salcombe rally. Westerlys started to arrive on the visitor's pontoon from 10.00 am having left Dartmouth around 06.30 to take the tide around Start Point. In the event the advantage disappeared at Prawle Point and it was a bit of…

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October 2017

South West: AGM

28th October 2017

South West Group AGM and Talk 2017 The Annual General Meeting was held on Saturday 28th October 2016 at China Fleet Country Club, near Saltash. The Chairman, John Alker, welcomed 43 members. John started by saying that he would be standing down as a committee member and Chairman, along with Charles Patchett, and he thanked…

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December 2017

South West: Christmas Lunch

2nd December 2017 @ 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Bedford Hotel, 1 Plymouth Rd
Tavistock, Devon PL19 8BB United Kingdom
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The day of the WOA Christmas meal at The Bedford Hotel, Tavistock had arrived. This being our 2nd time at the event Gail and I opted to take the bus from Plymouth to Tavistock. We arrived at the venue and found other Westerly group members, catching up with what each other had been up to.…

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February 2018

South West: Fitting out weekend at Looe

23rd February 2018 - 25th February 2018
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March 2018

South West: Winter Moorland Walk

17th March 2018 @ 10:30 am - 5:00 pm
Haytor Visitors Centre, Haytor Vale
Newton Abbot, TQ13 9XT United Kingdom
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2018 Winter Walk

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May 2018

South West: River Dart Meet afloat

4th May 2018 - 6th May 2018
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July 2018

South West: Overnight meet at Babbacombe

14th July 2018 - 15th July 2018

2018_Babacombe Meet

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August 2018

South West: Fowey Regatta

31st August 2018 - 2nd September 2018

After spending two days in the Mayflower Marina, Plymouth, we set off for the Fowey Rally. The sea was slight and there was next to no wind, so unfortunately we spent three hours using the engine, much to the Skipper’s disgust I might add.  We did however have a little company at times, as a…

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October 2018

South West: Group AGM and Talk

13th October 2018 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fingle Glen Golf Hotel, Five Mile Hill
Tedburn St Mary, Devon EX6 6AF United Kingdom
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The Annual General Meeting was held on Saturday 13th October 2018 at Fingle Glen Golf Hotel, Exeter. The Chairman, Barbara Box, welcomed 42 members. The minutes of the previous AGM in 2017 were accepted. Barbara welcomed everyone then gave an entertaining report describing the events of the year, thanking all those who had organized events,…

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November 2018

South West: Afternoon Skittles at Salcombe YC

17th November 2018 @ 12:00 pm
Salcombe YC, Cliff House, Cliff Rd
Salcombe, Devon TQ8 8JQ United Kingdom
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The WOA SW group lunch and skittles event took place at the Salcombe Yacht Club on the 17th of November.   Having left it a bit too close to the wire when committing, I was pleasantly surprised when, clearly forgiven, the “Organiser” (Phil Loynes) dropped me an email offering me a lift.  How very kind, I…

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December 2018

South West: Christmas lunch

1st December 2018 @ 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Exeter Golf & Country Club, Topsham Rd
Exeter, Devon EX2 7AE United Kingdom
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Its Nearly Christmas - Already! December the 1st saw 47 eager WOA SW members anticipating Christmas lunch, in the elegant dining room of the Exeter Golf Club. And a fine choice of venue it proved to be; not only was it easy to find and to park, but the food was delicious and beautifully presented. …

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February 2019

South West Group Fitting Out Weekend

February 22 - February 24

Report: It’s frightening how quickly the fitting out weekend comes around each year but always keenly anticipated as a time to catch up with friends old and new as well as stimulating us into planning for the sailing season ahead.  We have always enjoyed the weekend and this year was no exception. For a change…

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March 2019

South West: Seaside Winter Walk

March 16

Report: A wild and windy day in mid-March saw nearly 20 hardy souls and one Molly dog brave the conditions to turn out for the South-West group walk in Teignmouth organised by Chris Taylor. A very good outcome given the way we all must have felt when seeing the conditions whilst poking our noses out…

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May 2019

South West Group Dartmouth Meet (Music Festival +)

May 9 - May 13

Report: Let me start by giving a huge thank you to Jim Eccles and Sparks Beattie for organising this event between them. Well done both for a smooth and enjoyable time for all. The weather was not kind to those coming from the west as strong winds were keeping them at home, nevertheless, we had…

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June 2019

Torquay Meet Afloat

June 14 - June 16

Report: The weather during the week prior to the event was appalling. It was wet, windy and cold. The original number of booked boats was 9 but due to the weather and some mechanical problems this reduced to 3. Unfortunately, those planning to travel some distance made the sensible decision to cancel well in advance.…

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Association Summer Cruise – Scotland

June 26 - July 2

This is a three centre cruise in company, but boats can join for part of the trip. Wednesday 26th June at Craobh Marina Saturday 29th June at Oban Bay Marina, Kerrera Monday 1st July at Tobermory.

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July 2019

Fowey, Falmouth, Helford and Fowey Rally

July 18 - July 23

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August 2019

Plymouth Firework Competition Rally

August 14 - August 15

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