We are busy planning the next Australian Wooden Boat Festival, and we hit the ground running after the Christmas break. There’s a lot of work to do, as the featured nation this time around is the USA and they have reacted to our invitation like long-lost friends. We’ve already got an brilliant line-up of wooden boat stars ready to present at the festival.
One of them is Sean Koomen, chief instructor at the North West School of Wooden Boat Building in Port Townsend, Washington. Sean will bring a team of graduate students out to build a Haven 12.5, a classic American design originally by Herreshoff, modified by Joel White. Joel’s son, Steve White, will be on the team. They will build the boat at the Wooden Boat Centre in Franklin, with the same sort of time-frame as the Dutch boat building project on 2017. This project will generate a huge amount of interest in North America.
Sean is eager to get his hands on the Hydrowood reclaimed-timber celery top pine. Dutch boat builder Bert van Baar gave it a rave review after building the smart BM16 at the Wooden Boat Centre in Franklin. ‘Smooth, cuts like butter, fine finish’, he said.
Hydrowood has agreed to be involved again in 2019, which has everyone smiling. Anne Holst, manager of the Wooden Boat Centre has generously offered to provide space and access to tools. ‘There will be opportunities for locals to get involved in the build’ she reports. The town of Franklin is the perfect location for international guests to get a taste of real Tasmanian hospitality and our fascination with wooden boats. The vessel is expected to be on site for the MyState Australian
Wooden Boat Festival and will be auctioned to support this free, public event on Hobart’s beautiful waterfront.
Gypsy – The centenary of annual 10 day cruises by Steve Knight On Friday 19 January, Gypsy slipped her moorings at Bellerive in Hobart and headed south down the River Derwent, bound for the east coast of Tasmania, on her annual 10 day cruise. These cruises have been part of a tradition that began in 1919, […]
One of the world’s most respected maritime photographers, Ben Mendlowitz, has selected two Tasmanian boats to feature in his eagerly-anticipated Calendar of Wooden Boats for 2019. This is an extraordinary result from a first-time visit for Ben to Tasmania for the 2017 MyState Australian Wooden Boat Festival. With a 20,000 copy print run, this famous […]
The sail training vessel Windward Bound might be dubbed ‘the hardest-working tall ship in Tasmania’, given that it’s at sea so frequently, crewed by a mix of student trainees, professional crew and the occasional passenger. That would make Captain Sarah Parry the hardest working skipper in Tasmania, and that has been recognised by Sail Training International at their recent […]
Tassie Too, the 21 Foot Restricted class yacht which won the Forster Cup an unequalled ten times between 1927 and 1952, was successfully re-launched in early February 2018 thanks to the efforts of a team of passionate supporters of Tasmanian maritime history; several with deep connections to the vessel itself. Kenn Batt, Greg Muir, Bill […]
We are busy planning the next Australian Wooden Boat Festival, and we hit the ground running after the Christmas break. There’s a lot of work to do, as the featured nation this time around is the USA and they have reacted to our invitation like long-lost friends. We’ve already got an brilliant line-up of wooden […]
After finishing her 2017-summer contract with the Australian Antarctic Division, former multihull ocean-racing sailor and co-founder of the Australian Wooden Boat Festival, Cathy Hawkins, sailed monohull, Abel Tasman, 4,427nm from Australia to Kushiro, Japan. From July she clocked-up another 7,155nm on board Abel Tasman from Dutch Harbour in the Pacific Ocean’s Aleutian Islands, through the Arctic Ocean’s […]
My, how 12 months can fly away! It’s that long since the last wooden boat festival and that long to the next one, so it’s a good time to start thinking about how you might like to be involved. Interested in helping to plan the next one? Want to be an AWBF volunteer? How about […]