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Breaking News:
September 23:
NIGERIAN WARSHIP CANCELS VISIT.  We have just received advice from the Royal Australian Navy that the Nigerian warship NNS Thunder has had to cancel her scheduled visit to Hobart owing to a maintenance issue.  The 378-foot frigate had previously reported delays on her way from Fremantle to Hobart.  This is the second ship cancellation due to technical problems.  The Indonesian sail training ship Dewa Ruci cancelled her visit due to damage sustained in heavy weather off the west coast of Australia.

September 23:
DUNALLEY SCHOOL RATES THE TALL SHIPS. The little state school at Dunalley on the Tasman Peninsula was totally destroyed by fire in January, rebuilt in a matter of months and came to Tall Ships for a school outing.  Teacher Jackie King wrote: ‘… on behalf of my Grade 5/6 class, thank you and the Tall Ships Festival for enabling us to enjoy the event today.  The students had a memorable day and were all chatting and buzzing about the ships during the bus trip home.  This was a fantastic opportunity for the students and it ties in well with the Grade 6 boat building program we run here at the school.’  Ms. King’s class was sponsored by the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania and the students enjoyed a luxury lunch at the Club as part of their day out.

September 22:
TASSIE SCHOOLS HAVE A BALL.  More than 500 Tasmanian school children and their teachers visited Tall Ships on Monday 23 September, with another 500 scheduled for guided tours on Tuesday.  The kids rang the ship’s bells, toured below decks, heard thrilling yarns from the sailors and even hoisted a sail aboard the tall ship Windeward Bound.

September 21:
INTERNATIONAL FLEET REVIEW IN SYDNEY.  Plans are still in place for a spectacular celebration of the Royal Australian Navy’s 100-year event in Sydney Harbour, starting on 3 October.  The event will be televised live on ABC 1.  There are fireworks, entertainment and a dramatic light show on the sails of the Sydney Opera House.  More than 8,000 military personnel will participate.

September 19:
1 spot has become available on Europa from Hobart to Sydney for a FEMALE. This leg is SOLD OUT on ALL Ships so take this last minute cancellation spot whilst you can for just 2100 Euros (about $3008 AUD). Arrive into Sydney with the fleet of 16 tall ships on Thu 3rd Oct for the Navy's International Fleet Review. To book email info@dutchtallships.com

Embarkation is 5.00pm on Tuesday 24 Sept 2013 in Hobart. Disembarkation in Sydney on the morning of Saturday 5 October 2013. There is an additional option for Voyage Crew of staying on for the day of the Fleet Review on Sydney Harbour, 5 October, and disembarking in the evening, or staying overnight and disembarking on 6 October. This would be an additional cost of around $300-350 AUD."

September 19:
Waterfront businesses continue to extend special offers for Tall Ships Passport holders.  Stop in to the Lark Distillery for a complimentary tasting of the new ‘Quiet Cannon Rum’ (you must be 18, of course), or go to Fish Frenzy for specially discounted kids’ meals and the freshest calamari & chips in town.  T42 will upgrade your draft beer, Cargo in Salamanca Place offers 50% off all pizzas, Jack Greene’s gives you 50% off all burgers.  Just show your Ships Passport during the event, 21-25 Sept.  Pick up your Ships Passport at the Ticket Office in Princes Wharf No.1

The Big Red Army is back, dressed in blue this time.  We have signed up more than 165 spirited Tall Ship volunteers and they have been briefed, badged and kitted out with their snappy blue polo shirts.  Look for them on site all through the weekend and say a quick ‘Thanks!’  Without them, we couldn’t run this wonderful free community event.

Saturday from 11:00 am – free Segway rides for adults and older children, compliments of Segway Tasmania.

September 18:
The AWBF 2014 calendars are here and they look sensational – pick one up at the Australian Wooden Boat Festival stall in Princes Wharf No.1 from 10:00am on Saturday, 21 September.  At $20, they’re a bargain and make a great Christmas gift for the boat-tragic in your family.

July 19th:

Local ABC Radio station 936 has now closed its on-line competition with an amazing prize – a six day voyage aboard the tall ship Windeward Bound from Melbourne to Hobart, sailing in company with the fleet of Tall Ships crossing Bass Strait.  Entries are now being judged.  Preview the images here: http://www.abc.net.au/local/stories/2013/07/22/3808395.htm?site=hobart&section=competitions and listen in for the winner on Helen Shield's Evenings program on 20 July.

To enter the contest you are invited to submit your best photograph on the theme 'Maritime' on the ABC website. the winner will travel courtesy of the ABC and the prize includes one way air fare Hobart-Melbourne or vice-versa.  Terms and conditions apply - see the website here: http://bit.ly/11cWlR3

UPDATE: The Winner of the ABC 936 on-line competition has now been announced:  Congratulations to Keith Midson.  You can view the winning submission and the rest of the entries at 

To celebrate certain special anniversaries it is traditional, in the maritime world, to convene a gathering of great ships from all corners of the world. When the invitation comes from a national defence force it is known as a Fleet Review. Such a gathering was seen last when Australia celebrated its bi-centennial in 1988 and the Tall Ships came to Hobart. The parade of sail in the River Derwent drew thousands to the waterfront to see these beautiful ships, including the British Government’s handsome birthday gift to Australia – the 239-tonne brigantine Young Endeavour. Another great anniversary is approaching - the centenary of the Royal Australian Navy’s first entry into Sydney Harbour in October 1913. In the run-up to this very large event the fleet will visit a handful of other ports with strong maritime traditions. In September 2013, a great procession of sails will be seen in the Derwent as the Tall Ships come to Hobart once more.

Tall Ships Hobart 2013 will be produced and managed by the same organisation that has successfully produced the Australian Wooden Boat Festival for the last 20 years – AWBF Inc. This is a not-for-profit entity specifically created to manage large-scale maritime events.

The five-day Tall Ships program will include ship tours, special sailings, exhibitions and activities in Princes Wharf One, entertainment, a Grand Parade, fine Tasmanian food and wines, a special schools program and much more. Coming as it does just before the International Fleet Review in Sydney, you will get the chance to see these great ships first in Hobart’s beautiful Sullivans Cove. This is the only capital city where you’ll find the docks right in the centre of the city, just footsteps away from major hotels, restaurants, cafes and taverns. There are handy public transport connections and parking nearby. Interstate visitors can combine a trip to see Tall Ships Hobart with a visit to the jaw-dropping new exhibition at the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), the totally revamped Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery or the lovely Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, all within easy reach.

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