Plenty happening on the last day of the Wooden Boat Festival

Kids events continued, including the hilarious fun 'Quick and Dirty Boat Building Race’, boats were pulling down their flags and heading out for the final sail past, pipers piping, buskers of all varieties busking; all set with a backdrop of the Royal Hobart Regatta.

The My State AWBF drew to a close but plenty remained for people to see and do.

To wind up the Symposium an open panel of wooden boat experts was convened to discuss the future of wooden boats around the world.

Panel members were a who's who of the community and the AWBF must be commended for getting such a team together: heritage rigger Brian Toss, West System founder Meade Gougoun, Tom Kyrie from Rockport Marine, Andrew Denman from Tasmania's Denman Marine, Tom Jackson from Wooden Boat magazin and boat builder Tim Phillips who had two boats Storm Bay and Jane Kerr at the show.

Most of the discussion centred around how we can promote people to buy and sail wooden boats and the discussion was varied and helpful. You will read a fuller report of what was discussed in the May issue of Cruising Helmsman.

As I write this the final fireworks are going off and Hobart once again settles back into its settled rhythm. Book in 2017 to come back and see it for yourself.

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