AWBF 1996 Poster

The second Wooden Boat event was staged in the cold blustery conditions of November 1996, two years after the first. Despite the bad weather, almost 200 boats enthusiastically arrived for another round of celebrations.

The festival was once again organised by its three founders and supported by a number of volunteers. The public response was outstanding. This time a modest entry fee was asked of the public to support the growing costs of staging the event.

The 1996 festival featured an extraordinary vessel known as Charlie, a 25 foot steam-driven mahogany canoe from South Australia. A handful of Couta boats also arrived from Sorrento, Port Philip Bay—an interstate contingent that provided some stiff competition for local division racing yachts.

Dimensions: 330mm x 750mm