Results Are In for the AWBF Survey

Results Are In for the AWBF Survey

We mentioned in our June update that the results were in for the post-festival survey completed by 786 festival-goers, answering an extensive questionnaire so that we can better understand who comes to the festival, where they are from, how long they stay and what they value most about the event. This kind of data is essential for us to plan the festival’s future and to demonstrate to our partners, sponsors and supporters the value of the largest wooden boat gathering in the Southern Hemisphere.

There are some interesting trends emerging, since we first began the survey with the 2013 event. Estimated attendance (215,000) is steady, with fluctuations mostly attributable to weather, and the number of boats (490) and volunteers (435) stable over the last three festivals. What has changed is the percentage of our audience travelling from interstate and overseas to attend the event. Continue reading “Results Are In for the AWBF Survey”

Top Shot – Photography at AWBF

Top Shot

(photo by Doug Thost)

Photography has always been a big part of the AWBF. At every Australian Wooden Boat Festival, there are hundreds of lenses trained on the boats, the people, the entertainment and the gangs of friends enjoying the social weekend of the year. Our trained and dedicated crew of accredited festival photographers capture thousands of beautiful images all over the site and on the water, too. That collection of images becomes a library that we mine for the next two years to illustrate our publications, answer media requests, populate our on-line collections and generally recall what a wonderful event it was. Continue reading “Top Shot – Photography at AWBF”

One for the Gaffer

Peter Scott of the Sydney Amateur Sailing Club is no stranger to the Australian Wooden Boat Festival, having been involved that club’s participation at the festival over many years. It’s always great to welcome the Sydney yachts as they come up the Derwent with wet sails and big grins on their faces. Peter writes to say:

As you know the yachts from the Sydney Amateur Sailing Club have made the epic journey from Sydney to Hobart many times over the years. Sometimes racing, sometimes cruising, but now most often to participate in the AWBF. For the last 45 years in Sydney we have had our own, much smaller, celebration of these classic boats called Gaffers Day. We do feel a spirit of kinship with the AWBF and think that the two events work well together to promote wooden boats. On behalf of the club I would like to extend an invitation to any of your members to visit Gaffers Day – Sunday 8 October 2017.

For details, contact the club at