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 conference in Bordeaux, France. Presented with the prestigious Sail Trainer of the Year Award, the international organisation acknowledged Captain Parry’s extraordinary dedication to making real ocean-going tall ship sailing available to hundreds of trainee crew members over the years, many of whom have gone on to command ships of their own. Sail training programs aboard the Windeward Bound have produced more than 20 qualified masters in the last ten years alone.
At the annual awards ceremony I was presented with this award. This great honour frankly blew me away, and I have to say, in no small way, the honour also belongs to the entire group of wonderful young, (and older) people, past and present, who make up the entire crew, both afloat and ashore, of our great ship.Our collective success is due to all our collective efforts. – Sarah Parry
The two-masted brigantine is a home-grown Tasmanian success story. With its keel laid in 1990 at a now-vanished wooden warehouse on the Derwent foreshore, from build to launch took six years, almost entirely staffed by volunteers. Materials were gathered from dozens of sources, including recycled parts of older wooden ships. Since its launch, the ship has logged more than 100,000 nautical miles and has circumnavigated Australia. The square rigged vessel is a familiar, and favourite part of Hobart’s waterfront scenery.
The Windeward Bound Trust was formed and sail training for young people became our target. It is our belief that no young person should be denied the opportunity (of sail training – ed.) and it was resolved to specifically target the disadvantaged, whether disadvantaged by financial, social or other circumstances.
That ideal has been maintained ever since and the vessel still conducts ‘Outward Bound’ style sailing adventures for young people on a regular basis. Details of their program are to be found on the Windeward Boundwebsite. As a long-time participant and supporter of the MyState Australian Wooden Boat Festival, Captain Sarah Parry deserves our congratulations on a well-deserved award.
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 […]