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2015 Australian Wooden Boat Festival, Hobart

Friday 6 Feb to Monday 9 Feb 2015

The inaugural Australian Wooden Boat Festival was held in November 1994, and continued every 2 years until 1998. From 2001 the Festival has been held in early February to coincide with the Royal Hobart Regatta. In 2013 the Festival attracted 550 boats of all sizes from small dinghies to large tall ships, with visitor numbers of more than 200,000 over the four day period. The Festival is now recognised as the largest event of its kind in the southern hemisphere, and second in the world to the Fete Maritime held every four years at Brest in France.

Once again we have entered our yacht Moorina in the festival. She has now appeared at the festival in 2001 and 2003 by her previous owners, and in 2007, 2011, 2013 and now 2015 since we bought the boat in 2004. In the lead up to the Festival we spent several weeks painting and varnishing to have Moorina looking her best for the festival. This year we were allocated a berth on the Elizabeth Pier sea-wall which was a separate piled berth, which was an improvement over being rafted up with other boats as in previous years.

This year we decided to take Moorina over to the Festival site on Thursday afternoon, which allowed us to watch the arrival of the other boats on Friday. We were also able to watch the finish of the sail past which included a number of tall ships. While we think that Moorina was the best boat at the Festival, we have to admit that there was some very serious competition including a couple of Francis Herreschoff designed Mobjack 45 footers. Anyway the photos will tell the story.

The HMAS Sydney was in Hobart for the Royal Hobart Regatta, and the cruise ship Diamond Princess was also in Hobart on Saturday. The Regatta featured the RAAF Roulettes doing their aerobatic routines each day, and also an appearance by the RAN Flying Squirrels (helicopters). On Saturday the HMAS Sydney took up station mid-river off the Regatta grounds to make way for the Diamond Princes. No doubt the Navy were a little embarrassed when the left their anchor at the bottom of the Derwent River when the anchor chain broke, however they were able to retrieve it on the Monday.

Moorina in her berth

Moorina in her berth

Moorina is for sale - that's the mobile number not the price

Moorina is for sale - that's the mobile number not the price

Moorina dressed for the Festival

Moorina dressed for the Festival

Blue Heeler overseeing activities

Blue Heeler overseeing activities

HMAS Sydney at Macquarie Wharf

HMAS Sydney at Macquarie Wharf

Boats arriving for the Festival

Boats arriving for the Festival

Police Boat Vigilant waiting to enter King's Pier Marina

Police Boat Vigilant waiting to enter King's Pier Marina

The first Tall Ship finishing the sail-past

The first Tall Ship finishing the sail-past

More yachts completing the sail-past

More yachts completing the sail-past

Fishing smack Storm Bay under full sail

Fishing smack Storm Bay under full sail

Volunteers rowing a long boat

Volunteers rowing a long boat

A sailing dory entering the dock

A sailing dory entering the dock

Small stem powered launch entering the marina

Small stem powered launch entering the marina

Schooner Giselle being nudged into her berth by a rubber duck

Schooner Giselle being nudged into her berth by a rubber duck

Boats queuing up to enter Constitution Dock

Boats queuing up to enter Constitution Dock

A Couta Boat looking for its berth

A Couta Boat looking for its berth

Tall ships on Elizabeth Pier - shades of a bygone era

Tall ships on Elizabeth Pier - shades of a bygone era

A couple of Francis Herreschoff Mobjack designs - Windward Star and Gypsy Jac

A couple of Francis Herreschoff Mobjack designs - Windward Star and Gypsy Jac

The RAAF Roulettes going through their aerobatic routines

The RAAF Roulettes going through their aerobatic routines

Diamond Princess crew practice life boat drills while the passengers are ashore

Diamond Princess crew practice life boat drills while the passengers are ashore

The sea planes had a busy day with a cruise ship in port

The sea planes had a busy day with a cruise ship in port

Diamond Princess backing out of her berth at Macquarie Wharf

Diamond Princess backing out of her berth at Macquarie Wharf

Diamond Princess ready to leave Hobart

Diamond Princess ready to leave Hobart

Marie of Myall

Marie of Myall

Gipsy Jac

Gipsy Jac

Windward Star

Windward Star

Laurabada

Laurabada

Moorina at dawn on Monday 9 February

Moorina at dawn on Monday 9 February

The Verandahcoots entertain the crowd

The Verandahcoots entertain the crowd

Posted by TwoAces 04:15

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