La Chaloupe – The Mystery of a Lost Boat

A single phone call in Southern Tasmania started a remarkable restoration project, but it took a social visit to the MyState Australian Wooden Boat Festival in 2015 to complete the riddle: Where did the little boat La Chaloupe come from? What did the enigmatic number ’16 6 64’ carved in her transom mean? (…) Continue reading “La Chaloupe – The Mystery of a Lost Boat”

Sail Amsterdam

This has to be the Grandaddy of all maritime festivals:  Sail Amsterdam, and AWBF was there with our favourite media wizard, Daryl Peebles and partner Elsje Steen, joining the festivities aboard the Terra Nova.  Australia’s entry, sail training ship Young Endeavour, joined the grand parade. Sail Amsterdam brings around 600 tall ships to the Netherlands once every five years and a staggering 1.6 million people come to see them. We’re there because we would like to see a strong Dutch presence at the MyState Australian Wooden Boat Festival in 2017. The year is special, because it’s the 375th anniversary of the first European landfall in Tasmania, when Abel Tasman’s two ships, Zeehaen and Heemskerck, called in to Adventure Bay. They saw evidence of occupation, but did not meet any of the Aboriginal people living in the area, before Tasman sailed off to what would become New Zealand. (photo: Niko Koster) Website:



Sail Amsterdam is the largest maritime festival in the world.

Sail Amsterdam began in 1975 to celebrate the city’s 700th birthday.  It is now presented every five years.  From 19-23 August, the festival will attract millions with an exciting program of tall ships, entertainment and maritime heritage. (photo: mijnaamis) Website:

The tall ship Young Endeavour is on a twelve-month circumnavigation of the globe, calling in at Sail Amsterdam as Australia’s official representative.  The ship, operated by the Royal Australian Navy with a crew of young volunteers, visited Gallipoli for Anzac Day and will go on to represent Australia in the International Tall Ships Races.  Follow Young Endeavour here: