[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Welcome to the Australian Wooden Boat Festival’s new-look newsletter, designed to bring you relevant news, links and feature articles as they come up. We are keen to stay in touch with you between festivals and to let you know what’s being planned for the 2017 MyState Australian Wooden Boat Festival. It’s early days, but we have some exciting developments already, with news that the UK tall ship Tenacious will be with us. Tenacious was the largest wooden ship to be buit in the United Kingdom for more than 100 years when she was launched in 2000, and at 213′ overall, she is a magnificent traditionally rigged three-masted barque, adapted so that both able-bodied and disabled sailors can work her. There’s also a growing interest in the 375th anniversary of Abel Tasman’s visit to our island way back in 1642. Dutch vessels have always been welcome here in Hobart, most recently for the 2013 Tall Ships Festival, when Oosterschelde, Tecla and the stunning Europa berthed in Hobart for a five-day visit. Our Media and Marketing Manager, Daryl Peebles is in The Netherlands right now, planning to attend SAIL Amsterdam and make contacts to promote Dutch involvement in the 2017 festival.
The new format will replace the PDF document we sent out in the past and you can subscribe easily with a direct link from this page or from our website at www.australianwoodenboat.com.au One thing we don’t want to do is clutter up your Inbox if you really don’t need to see this newsletter, so please don’t hesitate to click ‘UNSUBSCRIBE’ if you would rather come and visit us only when you choose to do so. As with all communications with AWBF, we will never sell or otherwise pass on your email address without your permission. If you click on a link from this newsletter (for instance to look up a product or service) please check their privacy settings to make sure you are happy with them. We can’t control every other website in the maritime world, so it pays to be careful.
We’d like to hear from you, particularly your opinion on this new format. Does it work for you? Please have a look around – there are links to many articles and you can search for them easily. Let’s say you heard something about Utiekah III and you’re interested. Just enter ‘Utiekah III‘ in the search box and we’ll show you that article. Perhaps you’re looking for a new battery and want to know where to find the best deal. Click on ‘Boat Products and Services’ to go to Marine.Directory.net, for a useful list of suppliers and customer reviews. ‘Friends and Connections’ will take you to a list of maritime museums, wooden boat websites and related organisations that may interest you. Click in the YouTube or Instagram symbols to go to a collection of AWBF-related images. There’s a lot to discover and we’re busy building more. The idea is to make the AWBF newsletter (OK, you can call it a blog, if you’re under the age of 50) more useful and responsive and frankly, more fun than a plain 12-page article.
Of course, if you want to explore the nitty-gritty detail of the largest wooden boat festival in the Southern Hemisphere, including our Boat Directory, Festival Program, History and how you might get involved, the AWBF website is the place to go. You’ll find many links back to that website scattered around this page.
We hope you enjoy the new publication, and look forward to hearing from you.
All the best,
Paul Cullen, General Manager[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]