Did you know biennially, the AWBF injects roughly $4 million directly into the pockets of maritime and community organisations, local businesses, educational programs, boat builders, craftspeople, artists, technicians, suppliers and venues? The ripple effect sees a further $25 million impact on tourism and the local economy. Yet the true value of the Festival is unquantifiable — it's seen on the faces and held in the hearts and minds of those who share in its joy.
We're focused on spreading that joy through reconnecting our community, fostering and inspiring new generations of wooden boat and maritime lovers, and keeping the Festival sustainable, inclusive and free. With the social and economic outcomes of the pandemic, this has never been more important. As a not-for-profit, we receive funding from government grants — for which we are extremely grateful — but this doesn't cover all our needs. It is only with the help of people like you that we can grow and survive.
Get Involved & Make a Difference
Help us continue to present a Festival that plays a vital role in supporting our maritime and wooden boat community and the place it calls home — get involved — volunteer, register a boat, donate, become an exhibitor, a partner, or a Festival First Mate! There's no one right way to get involved; all support is welcome and appreciated. Find your course below and jump aboard!