The results are in from our post-Festival questionnaire, completed by more than 800 festival fans in the weeks following the 2017 MyState Australian Wooden Boat Festival. The questionnaire asked 25 detailed questions about why people came to the event, how long they stayed, what kind of accommodation they used and where they came from, to help us build a picture of our total audience and how we can improve our event. The survey also asked questions about visitors’ experiences – did they find the event friendly, clean, interesting, entertaining? This kind of response is vital to keep the Wooden Boat Festival focused, authentic and consistently fresh.
To encourage people to finish and submit the questionnaire (and we appreciate it took some time to complete), festival sponsor Wrest Point offered a fantastic prize – the Ultimate Hobart Escape for two people. Two nights in an Executive Suite, dinner in the hotel’s fine dining restaurant, a helicopter tour with Par Avion and lots more luxuries make up this brilliant prize. The winner was selected by random number generation under the auspices of EMRS and we are delighted with the result.
The winner is shipwright, craftsman and boat builder Tom Coventry of Sydney Wooden Boats. Tom has been a regular at the Australian Wooden Boat Festival since 2009 and sailed his own boat, Marama, down for the 2013 festival. Tom reports that a gang of Sydney friends comes to Hobart for every festival and says:
As a shipwright who specialises in timber boats, I feel that what you have created in Hobart is truly special and goes a long way to keeping the public interest in timber boats alive. Thank you for all the effort that goes into holding such an event, and well done.’
Well, thank you, Tom and we trust you will enjoy an unscheduled visit to Hobart to have a great weekend.