Chairman’s Message

Believe it or not, it is now just under 12 months to the next MyState Australian Wooden Boat Festival, in 2019!

We recently held our first-round of production meetings, volunteer recruitment, and other meetings necessary to start not only the planning for the event, but its development. Many volunteers are needed to create it, and if you would like to get involved, please contact the Australian Wooden Boat Festival Inc office – we would love to hear from you!

And of course, a wooden boat festival would not be a wooden boat festival without wooden boats – and I know that there are a huge number of boat owners, and their crews, who will be planning to come to the festival, and to take part in what is a truly wonderful event. So, to all of you, start painting and varnishing, whipping those rope ends, tidying up some splices and running rigging, and hopefully we will see you at the festival!

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 to 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!

And a final word about the MyState Australian Wooden Boat Festival 2019 – if you are travelling from outside Hobart, and need to book flights, sea travel, and/or accommodation – do so as soon as possible, otherwise you might miss out. We do not want that – we would love to see you all come along and join us!

Steve Knight


Message from the Chairman – December 2017

Christmas Message

We are all excited by the growing plans for the next Australian Wooden Boat Festival, now just thirteen months away.  The 2019 festival promises to be one of the most ambitious and enjoyable we have ever presented.  We have a terrific program planned and we will be welcoming guests from all over the world.  In the meantime, I hope that you are able to enjoy a break over the holidays with plenty of time out on the water.  We are very lucky, compared to our friends in the Northern Hemisphere, because the Christmas holidays fall in the height of our glorious Tasmanian summer, giving all of us a chance to spend time with our family and friends, reflecting on the things that are important and remembering what Christmas is all about.  Please enjoy the days off, smell the sea breeze, and relax!

I would like to extend my very best wishes for Christmas and the festive season, to each and every one of you.  Have a wonderful time and above all, please keep safe!

Steve Knight

Chairman, Australian Wooden Boat Festival

Letter from the Chairman – November 2017

With the Christmas season approaching, it is little more than a year until the 2019 MyState Australian Wooden Boat Festival!

One of the things I enjoy most about my role with our organisation is to see the festival develop, as ideas and concepts start to come to fruition.

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