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Hobart’s grand Wooden Boat Festival
Crikey, they certainly did it this time!
As Juan Antonio Samaranch was wont to say of the Sydney
Olympics: “The best Games ever!”
Or in this case, the best Tassie Wooden Boat Festival ever.
Ever y single craft of the 500-plus display was a treat,
spectacularly and lovingly turned out for the event. Oodles of
dramatic square riggers, sizable gaff ketches, magnificent yawls
and sloops from every era of Australian and overseas yacht
design. And a full range of motor vessels, big and tiny, fast and
slow, to warm the heart of any hot-water sailor.
Festival organisers managed to construct the concourse with
the corporate push and food vendors adding to the excitement,
rather than detracting by a tacky commercial grab for cash. No
If you weren’t there you missed something special. If you
were I’m sure you’d agree that the Taswegians manage to pull of
this grand event within a tight budget but with enormous public
support and voluntary enthusiasm.
All of which puts the acid on the Australian Maritime Museum
and the Sydney Wooden Boat Show next year. My considered
position: just give up, throw in the towel, admit thorough defeat.
We’ve been holed below the water line, shot to bits, scuppered
On Saturday night there was a ANMM gathering of the chosen.
(Free drinks and self-congratulations.) After listening to a couple
of limp speeches and political platitudes and promises by the
wigs various, I’ve come to the sad conclusion Sydney hasn’t a
snowball’s chance. I had hoped, proselytised even, that Sydney
could manage a great event ... but the wooden boat group has
been right all along.
This bunch of Fifth Columnists have argued that a get-together
of like minds, a convivial raft-up of wooden boat enthusiasts is
a far better prospect than the unemotional, almost sterile effort
Lifejacket safety issue with airlines
Recently I flew interstate to join a yacht for a trip across Bass
Strait, but had a problem at airport check-in.
I declared my lifejacket as “dangerous goods” and was told
the C02 inflation capsule had to be 28g or less to be allowed
aboard the plane. My lifejacket has a 33g capsule.
Would Sir remove the capsule, dump it, and get a replacement
once I got to my destination? Not having the necessary tools
with me, this wasn’t an option.
After enquiring whether I was meant to just bin the whole
$350 jacket, I was directed to another check-in area where the
men might have a tool to get the capsule off. They didn’t, but
suggested I put the lifejacket into one of my bags and just use
the auto check-in chute as normal.
I did this but had an anxious wait before boarding; and again
on arrival as I expected airport security to tap me on the shoulder
at any minute to question me about my “dangerous goods”.
On my next trip away, I shipped the jacket aboard the yacht
I was to come back on ... before it sailed interstate.
Another issue is that lifejackets have a rating for the inflation
capsule size depending on what the lifejacket is designed to
support, ie children, medium sizes adults and large size adults.
Something needs to be done about these restrictions, as
personal safety is at stake.
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