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!