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MyState Australian Wooden Boat Festival 8-11 February 2019


GM’s Log – May/June 2018

With apologies for the late despatch of our latest newsletter, here’s an update on progress towards the MyState Australian Wooden Boat Festival 2019. It’s been a hectic month, with all of us concentrating on a the functioning of the new website and the opening of the boat registrations in April and May. Like they say […]

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Letter from the chairman

There are many wonderful things about being associated with our organisation, and the MyState Australian Wooden Boat Festival. For me, one of the best things are the volunteers who contribute so much, and without whom we would not be what we are. Time and time again, I have seen hundreds of volunteers cheerfully and generously […]

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Sailing to Tasmania

Thinking of Sailing to Tasmania for AWBF 2019? With about nine months to go before the next festival, we have started receiving enquiries from mainland boat owners about sailing to Tasmania. “Where can I berth my boat after the festival?” is a common question. “What else is on in Tassie after the festival?” is another. […]

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100 Not Out for Gypsy

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, […]

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Ben Mendlowitz Calendar Features Tassie Boats

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 […]

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Windeward Bound Skipper Honoured

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 […]

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Haven 12.5 Project in Franklin

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 […]

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Sailing at the Top of the World

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 […]

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