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.”

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See it from the water (bookings are essential):

For landlubbers:

  • 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