Letter from the Chairman – April 2018

The City of Sydney is a place very fondly regarded by many Australians, particularly it’s magnificent harbour.  It is a very fitting place for the Classic and Wooden Boat Festival, which was held recently at Cockle Bay, and organised by the Australian National Maritime Museum. We at Australian Wooden Boat Festival Inc have enjoyed a very long and rewarding relationship with the Australian National Maritime Museum, and we were very pleased to be able to support the event, and whilst there, publicise our own MyState Australian Wooden Boat Festival, in Hobart.  Regrettably, I was not able to make the trip, but by all accounts, our general manager Paul Cullen, board member Geoff Pickard with partner Sue, and members Roscoe and Cheryl Barnett and Mike Ponsonby had a thoroughly enjoyable and rewarding time.  They were very flattered by the interest in our own event, and I should record our thanks to the Australian National Maritime Museum for its support, and making a space available for us during the course of their Festival.

I would like to thank those who represented us in Sydney, for their efforts; and to congratulate the Australian National Maritime Museum in conducting a wonderful event!

Early indications are that we are going to enjoy a strong level of support from interstate and in particular from Sydney and surrounds, with many Sydneysiders not only bringing their own wooden boats to our event, but coming to enjoy it.  We look forward to seeing you all!  Further, we hope to have a number of square rigged ships come and enjoy the fun at our festival; we love having them here, and they make such a marvellous spectacle whilst sailing up the River Derwent to join us, at the opening Parade of Sail.

Readers will note that expressions of interest are now open for those who want to display their vessels on water during the Festival.  I would urge all those interested to lodge their expressions of interest as soon as possible.  We would dearly love to be able to accommodate everybody who wanted to bring their wooden boat to our Festival, but history shows that we will have far more boats than we have available space, but we will, as usual, do our very best to accommodate as many beautiful wooden boats as possible.


Steve Knight

Chairman AWBF


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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