A wooden boat festival would not be a wooden boat festival without wooden boats – and I know that there are a great many boat owners and their crews planning to come to the festival to take part in what is a truly wonderful event. So, to all of you starting to paint and varnish, whipping those rope ends, tidying up splices and running rigging, we look forward to seeing you at the festival! Expressions of Interest (EOIs) for Boats Afloat will open soon and for Boats Ashore shortly after that.
Whilst there is an enormous amount of work that goes into creating the festival, it is also a very costly exercise. We are a not-for-profit organisation, and almost all of the people involved in the operation and running of the event do so on a volunteer basis. Despite all the good will from our supporters and volunteers, the fact of the matter is that it would not happen, or at least in the form that it is, without the generous support of all our sponsors and donors. Whilst of course thanking our supporters generally, and in particular the Tasmanian Government through Events Tasmania, I am thrilled to announce that MyState has again come on board as our naming rights sponsor, and so we can formally announce that the next festival will be the “MyState Australian Wooden Boat Festival 2019”! We are very grateful for the now long term and ongoing support from MyState, a wonderful Tasmanian financial institution. It is great to see that MyState is prepared to support a community event like ours, and to help give enjoyment to so many people!