Mind Blowing is probably the best way to sum up the 2015 AWBF, The sheer quantity and quality of wooden boats just takes your breath away, and despite being there for the full 4 days I’m sure there are many things I didn’t see and many beautiful boats that deserved much more than a quick glance.
This is a good case of a “picture speaks a thousand words”, so heres a few thousand to get going with!
During the AWBF there was a have a go day and demonstration 250m sprite racing for the St Ayles skiffs, This was hugely popular and I believe about 120 people got the chance to row / race one of 4 St Ayles skiffs including the two Kiwi boats Wee Tawera and Frank Worsley.
As part of the Hobart Regatta we took part in the St Ayles 250m sprint races and were lucky enough to come home with these beautifully hand crafted wooden medals for first place.
If your a wooden boat fanatic like me then Hobart is a must do trip, I hate to say it but its hard to imagine that New Zealand could put together such a collection of well presented classics to match what I saw in Hobart. That said wouldn’t it be fun to try…
Hi there, I agree that this festival is a “must do” and it was great to meet up with the kiwi contingent this year.. We have now been twice and intend to go again next time. Also, Tasmania is a great place to visit, there is a lot to see and do and the locals are extremely friendly. Harold, Picton.