Expressions of interest now open for boaties to display their heritage vessels at the Classic & Wooden Boat Festival 2018

Celebrating the beauty and diversity of Australia’s heritage vessels and their craftspeople, the Classic and Wooden Boat Festival will return to Sydney’s Darling Harbour 13-15 April 2018. And festival organisers are calling on vessel owners to register their expressions of interest in bringing their heritage vessels to take part in the three day festival.  

The Classic and Wooden Boat Festival is a weekend celebration of vintage and wooden boats from all around Australia. From beautiful Halvorsens, yachts and skiffs, classic speedboats, steam yachts and even Navy workboats it represents Australia’s rich maritime history. Boating enthusiasts and families enjoy a packed program of maritime demonstrations, workshops, harbour cruises, children’s activities and more set against the backdrop of sparkling Sydney Harbour.

It is expected that over 150 boats will be on display at the museum and in Cockle Bay Marina for thousands of festival visitors to enjoy.

For further information and to register your interest in bringing your classic or wooden boat, visit the Australian National Maritime Museum’s website to complete the online forms –

Opportunities also exist for businesses to take part in or sponsor the event, details of which can also be found at

The festival is a collaboration between the Australian National Maritime Museum and a variety of stakeholder groups including the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, the Wooden Boat Association, the Halvorsen Club, the Historical Sailing Skiff Association, the Steam Boat Association of Australia and Sydney Heritage Fleet.

The Classic and Wooden Boat 2018 festival will take place Friday 13, Saturday 14 & Sunday 15 April 2018 at the Australian National Maritime Museum and Cockle Bay, Darling Harbour. Festival entry is free.

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