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MyState Bank Australian Wooden Boat Festival 5-8 February, 2021


GM’s Log – August/September 2019

Well, we’ve sent off our submission to the Tasmanian Tourism Awards for AWBF 2019 and that’s a major pile of work off the desk.  Running to 12,500 words (and much as we’d like to let pictures tell the story, you are only allowed 25 of those) and 54 pages, it’s an extremely detailed investigation into […]

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Message from the Chairman – August/September 2019

Changing the Guard: We at the MyState Bank Australian Wooden Boat Festival have been extremely lucky to have Paul Cullen as our General Manager for many years.  He has overseen four of our festivals; two Antarctic Festivals – which AWBF was contracted to produce – and also the Tall Ships Festival.  As many readers would […]

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Happy Birthday, Kerrawyn

Dave Golding and Anastasia Konstantinidis have entered the lovely Kerrawyn in more than one Australian Wooden Boat Festival, but the connection goes much deeper than that.  Dave was our official Sawmiller for the Dutch Boat Building Project in 2017 and for the American Project in 2019.  Dave’s expertise, good humour and willingness to help have […]

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Gefeliciteerd, Bert! (Goodonya, Mate – in Dutch)

Our good friend and teacher Bert van Baar led an enthusiastic team of Dutch boat builders, guests of the Wooden Boat Centre in Franklin, Tasmania for the 2017 MyState Bank Australian Wooden Boat Festival.  They created a beautiful Dutch-design sailboat that was later auctioned to a very happy new owner on the festival site. Sponsors […]

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Jubilee Sailing Trust Reprieved

The UK-based Jubilee Sailing Trust (JST) has been a guest of the Australian Wooden Boat Festival, Inc. more than once.  The Lord Nelson was with us for the Tall Ships Festival back in 2013 and Tenacious was a feature vessel in 2017.  The JST is a charity dedicated to making blue-water sailing on tall ships […]

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Hurrica V – A Stylish Lady

The magnificent Hurrica V was a special guest at the 2019 AWBF and took pride of place in Kings Pier Marina. Hurrica V is a classic English gentleman’s sailing yacht, born in the glamour of the Edwardian era in 1924. Designed by the esteemed Charles E Nicholson as a triple-headed gaff auxiliary ketch, she was built in Sydney […]

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New Video from Off Center Harbor

Off Center Harbor (yes, that’s how they spell it) is an on-line video library based in Brooklin, Maine – the heart of the East Coast wooden boat community in the USA.  OCH is a regular visitor to Hobart, and they just can’t stop making great short films here in Australia.  Have a look at their […]

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Australia Project Gets Up

At each MyState Bank Australian Wooden Boat Festival, we focus on a country with a strong maritime tradition and a long heritage of building wooden boats.  In the past we have welcomed visitors from Indonesia, Japan, The Netherlands, Denmark and most recently, the United States.  In each case, we have sought out the most talented […]

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