Wow, now this is the way to enjoy the Parade of Sail that opens the MyState Australian Wooden Boat Festival on Friday, 10 February. Glass of sparkling wine in hand, your first course delivered by a uniformed waiter, and nothing to do but enjoy the waterfront view as 200 beautiful wooden boats come up the River Derwent, led by the great tall ships and the elegant Governor’s Launch, the MV Egeria. It’s not just a fine lunch and a splendid view, it’s also a chance to hear a commentary from AWBF’s Bella Laughton-Clark and our special guest Kaci Cronkhite – author, round-the-world sailor and former director of the Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival in Washington, USA. Kaci will be signing copies of her new book, Finding Pax.
Wrest Point is a valued partner and supporter of the MyState Australian Wooden Boat Festival. The coveted Wrest Point Cup is a trophy for the best-presented and best-handled of the historic wooden ketch boats that will compete on Sunday 12 February from 2:30 pm. The course takes them right in front of Wrest Point, so where better to watch the excitement than the waterside terrace at Wrest Point? Devonport’s lovely Julie Burgess carried off the honours in 2015, and the local boats are keen to ‘Wrest’ it back from them. Mallana, Yukon and Rhona H have all declared they’ll complete, and there may be more. This event harkens back to the days when races between commercial fishing boats and ferries were a regular feature of summer days on the Derwent.
Tickets for the Parade of Sail Luncheon at Wrest Point are selling very quickly, so don’t delay – book your place today.