Celebrating Tasmania’s rich maritime heritage and keeping the AWBF spirit alive, the Australian Wooden Boat Festival’s Parade of Sail is to be held this Sunday 7 February 2021.
The event has been re-created in conjunction with the Royal Hobart Regatta and will see Hobart’s famous Tall Ships; SV Rhona H, Yukon, Windeward Bound and Lady Nelson, MYCT’s Launch Egeria and over 120 of Tasmania’s wooden boats sailing, motoring, steaming and even rowing up the River Derwent.
Destination Southern Tasmania CEO, Alex Heroys, has told Dave all in hibart are enthusiastically welcoming the event.
“The tourism industry and the community have felt the absence of some of our favourite summer events and festivals this season, so a safe event that can be enjoyed by everyone is very, very welcome at this point,” Mr Heroys said.
“Some of tour operators have created special experiences to help people get out on the water to enjoy the Parade from the best vantage point, but landlubbers will also be able to find fantastic viewing points on the beaches and in the parks that line or overlook the river.”
See it from the water (bookings are essential):
- Pennicott Wilderness Journeys
- Windeward Bound, SV Rhona H, Yuon & Lady Nelson
- Tasmanian Wild Seafood Adventures Parade of Sail Cruise, ph 0458 797 947
- For a more active alternative, Roaring 40s Kayaking will be running their usual Hobart City Paddle tour on Sunday, which will coincide nicely with some tall ship viewing on the way home.
- Hobart Yachts will do a Derwent River Charter on Helsal IV
- Windeward Bound, Yukon, SV Rhona H and the Lady Nelson are all offering Fireworks Cruises on Sunday evening, with tickets still available
- Tasmanian Wild Seafood Adventures is offering a fireworks cruise on Sunday 7th – https://www.facebook.com/TasWildSeafood/photos/pcb.2752822065033791/2752819951700669/
- The Royal Tasmanian Yacht Club has a fantastic new deck and grassed breakwater with expansive views of the Derwent. Everyone is welcome and coffee and drinks will be available.
- If you can get a table at Wrest Point’s Boardwalk, you’ll be able to dine and view in comfort.
- View other vantage points HERE.
The fleet will gather at the John Garrow Light, Lower Sandy Bay from 11am on 7th February, to sail up the River Derwent to give a nod to the Royal Hobart Regatta. After the Parade of Sail the fleet is encouraged to join in the Regatta on-water festivities.
The event is free to all involved, family friendly and of course fun. The Parade of Sail 2021 will be held in conjunction with all COVID-19 restrictions and a reminder to follow social distancing requirements when viewing the event.
Photo with Thanks to Doug Thost and the the Australian Wooden Boat Festival’s Parade of Sail