The MyState Australian Wooden Boat Festival is held every two years and the next one’s coming up from February 10-13, 2017. Hobart’s historic waterfront will come alive with the colour and excitement of our rich maritime culture and history.
You will see hundreds of wooden boats, from magnificent tall ships to classic sailboats, rugged working boats to superbly detailed models. You’ll have a chance to talk to the owners and builders, the crafts people and sailors, and shipwrights who still practice traditional skills every day.
There’s a vibrant program of entertainment and fun, special guests, brilliant Tasmanian food and drink, demonstrations, races and displays. You can visit the Shipwright’s Village, the Maritime Marketplace, the Children’s Circus School, the International Wooden Boat Symposium and much, much more. The MyState Australian Wooden Boat Festival is the largest wooden boat festival in the southern hemisphere and admission is entirely free!
The festival takes in the whole of Sullivan’s Cove from Hunter Street to Princes Wharf and Castray Esplanade. Hobart’s working waterfront is right in the middle of the central business district with a great range of hotels, apartments, cafés and pubs right on the doorstep. Take a cruise, board a tall ship, snap up a fresh crayfish or listen to some great live music in the Waterside Tavern. It’s all on for four wonderful days at Tasmania’s favourite summer festival.
The festival opens with the glorious Parade of Sail on Friday afternoon and continues straight through the long weekend (Monday is a local public holiday in Hobart). The International Wooden Boat Symposium will present expert international and Australian speakers. The Maritime Marketplace hosts more than 80 exhibitors of hard-to-find maritime kit and boat building displays. The Shipwright’s Village celebrates the traditional skills and tools still used today in Tasmania’s artisan shipyards. Don’t miss the Tasmanian Fishing Industry Display at Victoria Dock and of course the brilliant program of entertainment in the Waterside Tavern.
For an overview of what the festival features, you can download the 2015 Official Festival Program. The program for the 2017 event will be available on our website in late 2016. If you have questions in the meantime, just call us on (03) 6223 3375.
Australia’s own Bote-Cote Epoxy Systems, foundation sponsors since the first festival, are back again. We’ll have new products and all the old favourites: Scheduled Forum and Q&A presentations, from Drive Marine’s Dave Giddings, Stray Dog Boat Work’s Ali and Robert Ayliffe and Mike Jansen, presenting Q&As on the New Norwalk Islands Sharpies range and Iain Oughtred designs, including the world runaway success St Ayles Skiff Community Coastal Rowing adventure and on the Boatcraft Pacific stand here will be scheduled Aquacote Paint, Bote-Cote Epoxies and Purbond Polyurethane demonstrations.
Not only that, but Dave Giddings Bote Cote and Boatcraft’s very active NSW agent, is running for the first time in Tasmania the Kids Boat Building workshop, where kids build a mob of very small boats using plywood and fast setting Bote-Cote products, let them cure overnight and row and maybe sail them around Constitution Dock!
This may even extend to Franklin.
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This almost extreme southern town on the banks of the mighty Huon River is also a focus of very synpathetic redevelopment, old movie theatres brought back to original glory, fantatsic local hospitality, excellent working boat sheds and more. Franklin is host again to this really outstanding event over two days that drew large numbers of paricipants from all over the world for the inaugural event in 2015, and even greater numbers of spectators. From the buzz, it seems that 2015 will be well eclipsed, with a big lump in international; teams and local and interstate boats
The regatta’s racing is pretty democratic, there are many more teams than boats, so that everyone’s boats get used by everyone else. Really adds to the fun, and sometimes spirited conjecture! The action is non stop and there is real village fair, let’s all get into this and you can all have a go feel to it. NOT to be missed.
(Be warned! This St Ayles skiff business is addictive!)
T he St Ayles Skiff Championships (Tasmania) 2017
These championships will be held in the town of Franklin, February 18-19 under the auspices of the Living Boat Trust, and organised by the Women On Water (WOW) Group. Almost fully booked out!
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The South Australian Wooden Boat Festival, April 22 and 23, Goolwa SA