2017 AWBF Parade of Sail

I went down for the Australian Wooden Boat Festival Parade of Sail, all images shot from Long Beach at Sandy Bay, Hobart, Tasmania. Photos are in time order – more to come as I have time to edit them.  I will be putting selected images up on my RedBubble shop pages.

I had a great time paddling in the water while taking these – it was a warm to hot day and I just couldn’t resist when I got down there, off went the shoes and socks and rolled up the pants legs (they got wet anyway) and had fun!

Beach pano looking back along Long Beach – which is just below the Sandy Bay Sailing Club – towards Hobart city and the casino (out of sight to the left) at the end of the sail past.

At one stage I could hear the faint but unmistakable sound of bagpipes – I think it was coming from the James Craig but it was hard to tell.

About the Festival.

The award-winning MyState Australian Wooden Boat Festival, an exciting celebration of our nation’s rich maritime culture and one of the world’s most anticipated maritime events.  Held every second year in Hobart, the capital of Tasmania, a city rich in marine heritage.

Held across Hobart’s vibrant and bustling waterfront, the four-day festival brings together the largest and most beautiful collection of wooden boats in the southern hemisphere. From its humble beginnings in 1994, it has grown to become the most significant event of its kind in Australia.

Along with the exhibition of these beautiful boats, the festival delivers a lively combination of incredible local food, live entertainment, music, demonstrations and displays, and of course the wonderful display of classic and modern wooden boats across the waterfront.

All shots with Fuji X-T1 and Fujinon XC 50-230 lens. Unfortunately I somehow put a big smeary fingerprint on the lens about halfway through the session, which is why some of them have a misty patch. Sorry folks!

Forming up, with spectator
Seagull with something he plucked from the water, good test of the focussing speed on ‘Continuous’ focus. Not too shabby for a kit lens.
A lone kayaker – possibly from the tawe nunnugah rowing event. I’m very impressed – it must be a pretty hard slog! “tawe nunnugah” means “going” by “canoe” in the local Aboriginal language. The event took the name to honor the first navigators of southern Tasmanian waters. Every two years keen adventurers set off from Recherche Bay in the far south of Tasmania to row and sail to Hobart, more than 100 nautical miles away, in a fleet of small boats. This expedition over 10 days takes participants along some of Tasmania’s beautiful and unique coastline, from the wild south and along the spectacular and historic D’Entrecasteux Channel and up the Huon River before entering the Derwent River to Hobart. This arrival coincides with the start of the Australian Wooden Boat Festival. http://lbt.rforster.org/home
The brigantine Windeward Bound, based in Hobart. http://www.windewardbound.com.au/xp52o0ghhdji0as6acelr4xccgj0wf
I just liked the image of one yacht with the bridge arch behind it.
Young Endeavour Young Endeavour was a gift from the United Kingdom to the Government and people of Australia to mark the Bicentenary in 1988 Construction began on the ship in May 1986 in Lowestoft, England and on 3 August 1987 she began the long voyage to Australia with a crew which included 24 young people from Britain and Australia. The official handover ceremony took place on 25 January 1988 in the presence of their Royal Highnesses the Prince and Princess of Wales in Farm Cove, Sydney Harbour. In his acceptance speech, the ship was pledged by the then Prime Minister, Mr Bob Hawke, to serve Australian youth. For a land girt by sea, the ship was a reminder of the maritime heritage shared by the two countries. Her arrival heralded the start of a new era of sail training in Australia. The Government decided that the Royal Australian Navy would operate and maintain the ship, and that the Young Endeavour Youth Scheme would be set up to manage the associated sail training program. The Scheme was established in early 1988 with a Board appointed by and responsible to the Minister for Defence. The Scheme’s management and administration is undertaken by civilian staff, and is based in the ship’s homeport of Sydney. As Australia’s sail training flagship, Young Endeavour participates in major events in Australia and around the world. https://www.youngendeavour.gov.au/
Young Endeavour – I loved the contrast of the little, little sailboat and the big, big one.
Windeward Bound, and an interesting little boat with blue sails. Anyone know type or name?
Rowers and seagull
Chopper – I think he was filming the spectators, as he went sideways right along the stretch of beach I was on, facing landward
Tenacious – she was nice and easy to identify 🙂 Tenacious’ is designed by Tony Castro with features not seen on any other boats, including six wheelchair lifts, braille signage, deck ribs and tactile arrows so that the visually impaired can move with confidence, vibrating pads under the bunks as alarms for those that are hearing impaired, even the platforms up the mast are designed to take a wheelchair user to unforseen heights. On the 6th of April 2000 Tenacious was officially named in a ceremony attended by HRH The Duke of York. Tenacious sailed on her maiden voyage 1,548days after her keel was laid, on 1st September 2000 from Southampton to Southampton calling at Sark, St Helier and Weymouth. She has been encouraging self-discovery and cultivating active participation ever since. The supportive and well-designed environment quickly breaks-down prejudice,promotes equality and mutual understanding. It is where people find new strengths and learn to see strengths in others without being diverted by a perceived weakness. The effect is an immersive personal development experience, increasing life skills and self-belief. A voyage with the JST is about joining in and getting involved in all aspects of sailing the ship, regardless of physical ability. Whether you are a tall ship enthusiast, fair-weather sailor or complete beginner – they welcome everyone. For the full story on Tenacious please use the following link – http://jst.org.uk/our-tall-ships/tenacious/
James Craig James Craig , launched as Clan Macleod, was built by Bartram, Haswell & Co. in Sunderland, England in1874. Her name was changed to James Craig in 1905. For 26 years she plied the trade routes of the world carrying general cargoes during which period she rounded Cape Horn23 times. In 1900 she was purchased by Mr J J Craig of Auckland, New Zealand,who used her on trans-Tasman trade routes as a general cargo carrier. In 1911she was laid up because increasing competition from steam ships made sailing vessels uneconomical. She was then stripped and used as a copra hulk in New Guinea. After the First World War there was an acute shortage of cargo ships and she was bought by the well-known Australian jam manufacturer, Henry Jones IXL. This gave James Craig a new lease of life after being towed from New Guinea to Sydney for re-fitting. Her return to service was brief because in 1925 she was reduced to a coal hulk at Recherche Bay, Tasmania. In 1932 she was abandoned and became beached after breaking her moorings in a storm. She remained beached until 1972 when volunteers from the Sydney Heritage Fleet re-floated her. In 1973 she was towed to Hobart where temporary repairs were carried out. She was towed to Sydney in1981 and restoration work commenced. James Craig‘s restored hull was re-launched in February 1997. For details and more information go to – http://www.shf.org.au/
The classic sailing ship portrait. Young Endeavour.
And I haven’t forgotten the small boats, seen here with Tasmania’s own sailing ship, the Lady Nelson, in the background. I love the little red sailed boats I see on the Hobart waterways so often, and this one is beside a small Dutch a traditional gaff rigged Dutch sail boat here for the AWBF.
Two tall ships with Tasmanian connections, Lady Nelson, and the brown hulled Enterprize. LADY NELSON Hobart is the home port for the Lady Nelson, a Tasmanian-built replica of the cutter of the same name built for the Royal Navy in 1798. The original ship saw service in New South Wales and in 1803 brought the first settlers to what would become the city of Hobart on in Van Diemen’s Land, now of course Hobart, Tasmania. Our own replica of the Lady Nelson is a 52’ long, 60 ton cutter built in Margate in 1988. The ship is operated by the Tasmanian Sail Training Association for training, adventure cruises and local tours. She is crewed by volunteers. For details and more information go to – http://www.ladynelson.org.au The ship is a replica of the original Enterprize, built in Hobart in 1829, down to the hand-sewn canvas sails and tarred hemp rigging. She is 88’ long, 72 tonnes displacement and boasts a magnificent 2000 square feet of sail. The original Enterprize was chartered by one John Pascoe Fawkner who sailed her from Tasmania to Port Philip Bay and up the Yarra River in August 1835 to found Melbourne. That Enterprize was wrecked in New South Wales in 1847. The current ship was built with traditional methods and launched in Melbourne in 1997, the first square rigged commercial vessel built there in 120 years. For more information on the Enterprize visit http://www.enterprize.org.au
So just imagine for a moment it is the late 19th or early 20th century and you are a sailor on the James Craig. There’s a force Ten blowing and the lines up on the bowsprit need atteniton. Up you go, and probably no lifeline of any sort – it would sharpen your grip remarkably, I would imagine. They were brave men who built our world, and I salute them.
I found it impossibnle to get a shot of the Julie Burgess without other boats in front of her, this is the best I could do. JULIE BURGESS The whole city of Devonport seems to have been involved in one way or another with the two year restoration of the pretty Bass Strait trader Julie Burgess, a 64’ blue gum ketch built in 1936 for the Burgess family. Five generations of this leading Devonport family have owned and operated fishing vessels in the Bass Strait. The 38-ton vessel has a new life as the feature ship of the redeveloped Devonport Maritime Museum. She made her maiden post-restoration debut at the MyState Australian Wooden Boat Festival in 2013. Historic Vessel Number: HV000366 For details and more information go to – bassstraitmaritimecentre.com.au/julie-burgess
A gaggle of boats! No name on the front one, the one behind is Mercator, then Julie Burgess (ATS15 on sail), and back right is Southern Cross, another of the featured tall ships. This appears to be the only time I caught her, I don’t think I have her in sail. SOUTHERN CROSS LONDON Launched in 1972 in Buckie, Scotland as a pleasure craft for Major Frederick W. Cunduff, Managing Director of Gardner diesel engines. Being built on the North Sea in the North Sea Buckie, its lines are similar to many of the working boats of that area and era. Southern Cross has circumnavigated the globe at least once, rounded Cape Horn, sailed to the New Zealand Sub Antarctic Islands and cruised the Pacific about 10 times. We don’t know much of the boat’s history in Europe. But it was the fifth Southern Cross that Cunduff owned. This was his downsized version – his previous one was 100’ long and made of steel. It is now on charter in the Med. Southern Cross London went to New Zealand around the mid-eighties, based in Dunedin and owned by the late Alex Black, a prominent figure within Outward Bound. Alex undertook many voyages to the NZ sub Antarctic Islands, South America and Tasmania. Martin Beck bought the boat from Alex in NZ and based her in Hobart, sailing many times with his young family to the South Pacific and finally selling it to the current owners two years ago. The current owner, Braye Sutherland, undertook a year long family cruise of NZ, Tonga, Fiji, Vanuatu and the Australian East Coast in 2014 and have recently put the vessel into Australian 2B Survey to operate multi day cruises in Southern Tasmania under the name Cruise Tasmania. We estimate the boat has travelled something like 150,000 Nautical Miles – about 7 laps of the planet…… For details and more information go to – http://www.cruisetasmania.com.au



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