Event

Classic & Wooden Boat Festival

Classic boat under sail on the harbour

Showcasing vessels from around Sydney and Australia and celebrating Maritime Heritage.

  • About

    About

    Join us in celebrating the beauty and diversity of Australia’s heritage vessels and their craftspeople. Over 100 boats will be on display at the museum and in Cockle Bay Marina including Halvorsens, yachts and skiffs, classic speedboats, steam launches, tug boats, whalers and Navy workboats from all around Australia.

    Enjoy free entertainment throughout the weekend including live music, maritime demonstrations, harbour cruises and kids activities. Browse the full program.

    Friday 15–Sunday 17 April 2016

    FREE entry 


    Visiting the museum during the festival

    Want to visit the museum's exhibitions and historic vessels during the festival weekend? We've introduced new timed tickets to make your visit easy. Take a look and book online.


    Eating and drinking

    The museum's waterfront cafe Yots will be open late on Friday 15 and Saturday 16 April to celebrate the Classic & Wooden Boat Festival. Enjoy your meal with waterfront views and live music. Reserve your table: call 02 9298 3672 or email yotscafe@anmm.gov.au


    Get social 

    Want to stay connected? Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest festival information.

    We're also running an Instagram competition with great cash prizes. Share your photos using #cwbfsydney


    Get the free mobile app

    Download the free CWBF app from the App Store or Google Play. You can view the festival program, learn more about the vessels on display, explore the map and take a tour of the Wharf 7 heritage centre.


    Getting here

    Our Plan Your Visit page has everything you need to know about a trip to the festival.


    Festival Supporters

    Wooden Boat Association logo

    deckee logo

    Catering sponsor

    Laissez-faire catering logo
  • Program

    Program

    Kids activities

    The Kids Boatshed

    Head to the Kids Boatshed located on the grassed area outside Wharf 7. Craft a model sailing vessel and race it, decorate a sailor hat or print your own calico bag, and enjoy dress-ups and interactive aqua play games inspired by the beautiful boats on display.

    Maritime Demonstrations

    Caulking

    See traditional caulking demonstrations by our Fleet professionals.

    Line throwing

    Roll up and try your hand at line throwing. How far can you throw the rope?

    Nawi Canoe Building

    See staff from the museum working with Indigenous community members to construct a traditional Nawi canoe, as well as answer your questions about these unique vessels and their role in contemporary Indigenous culture.

    James Craig

    Want to know how to hoist a sail? Learn how to in a demonstration run by Sydney Heritage Fleet on James Craig. Hoist a sail to the rhythm of a sea shanty.

    Entertainment & Music

    Live music

    Enjoy musical entertainment throughout the weekend, including live performances from artists including Declan Kelly and Ezpio Bangoura, Sam Joole and the Stingrays and Stu Tyrrell.

    Swimwear through the ages fashion parade

    Relax by the waterside and see a collection of swimwear through the ages, featuring highlights from the museum's Education Collection.

    In conversation talks

    Featuring a variety of speakers, In Conversation talks provide an intimate insight into maritime themes, from the world of yachting, skiffs and tall ships to museum research and more.

    Sea shanties extravaganzas

    Join in song with The Roaring Forties and the Shanty Club.

    Blue Angel – Seafarers Performance

    Enjoy an exclusive performance on Sydney Heritage Fleet's tall ship James Craig. Listen to stories of life on the sea intertwined with music, while learning to tie traditional knots you can take home as a keepsake. Bookings essential.



    Friday 15 April 2016

    Location
    Time
    Activity
    Performance Platform
    10am Official festival opening

    12.30pm Sculling demonstration 

    1pm Swimwear through the ages fashion parade 

    2pm Sea shanty extravaganza featuring The Roaring Forties and the Shanty Club

    5–7pm Bill Hunt - musician

    7-10pm Final musical entertainment - Sam Joole and the Stingrays
    Pyrmont Plaza 11am-5pm Maritime marketplace open

    11am Caulking demonstration

    12.30pm Kids' line throwing competition

    1pm Caulking demonstration

    3.30pm Adults' line throwing competition

    All day Novice canoe building challenge
    Museum forecourt 1.30pm Musical entertainment - Stu Tyrell @thekiosk
    HMB Endeavour From 9.30am Open to the public with Ships & Shore ticket.
    James Craig 10am-1.30pm Open to the public

    2pm, 3pm & 4.30pm Blue Angel - Seafarers performances. Book online.
    Museum Theatre 2-5pm Symposium: What does 'classic' mean in a contemporary world?
    Wharf 7 10am-5pm Model boats and heritage vessels display
    Kids Boatshed 12-5pm Various activities: art and craft, foam boat building and racing, musical storytelling and face painting

    Saturday 16 April 2016

    Location
    Time
    Activity
    Performance Platform
    10am Light entertainment

    12.30pm Sculling demonstration

    1pm Swimwear through the ages fashion parade 

    2pm Sea shanty extravaganza featuring The Roaring Forties and the Shanty Club

    5-7pm Phil Marino - musician

    7-10pm Final musical entertainment - Declan Kelly and Ezpio Bangoura
    Pyrmont Plaza 11am-5pm Maritime marketplace open

    11am Caulking demonstration

    11.30am Light entertainment

    12.30pm Kids' line throwing competition

    1pm Caulking demonstration

    3.30pm Adults' line throwing competition

    5pm Plaza closes
    Museum forecourt 1.30pm Musical entertainment - Stu Tyrell @thekiosk

    All day Nawi canoe building demonstration
    Museum theatre 11.30am, 12.30pm, 2pm Sci Pi - the science of pirate life demonstration
    HMB Endeavour From 9.30am Open to the public with Ships & Shore ticket.
    James Craig 10am-1.30pm Open to the public

    2pm, 3pm & 4.30pm Blue Angel - Seafarers performances. Book online.
    Wharf 7 10am-5pm Model boats and heritage vessels display

    10.30am In conversation: Ian Smith

    12.30pm In conversation: Jeffrey Mellefont
    Kids Boatshed 10-4pm Various activities: art and craft, foam building and racing, musical storytelling and face painting

    Sunday 17 April 2016

    Location Time Activity
    Performance Platform
    10am Light entertainment

    12.30pm Sculling demonstration

    2pm Quick & Dirty boat race

    3pm Sea shanty extravaganza featuring The Roaring Forties and the Shanty Club
    Pyrmont Plaza 10am-5pm Maritime marketplace open

    11am Caulking demonstration

    11.30am Light entertainment

    12.30pm Kids' line throwing competition

    1pm Caulking demonstration

    3.30pm Adults' line throwing competition

    4pm Stu Tyrell

    5pm Plaza closes
    Museum forecourt 1.30pm Stu Tyrell @thekiosk

    All day Nawi canoe building demonstration
    HMB Endeavour From 9.30am Open to the public with a Ships & Shore ticket.
    James Craig 10am-5pm Open to the public
    Kids Boatshed 12-5pm Various activities: art and craft, foam boat building and racing, musical storytelling and face painting
    Wharf 7 10am-5pm Model boats and heritage vessels display

    10.30am In conversation: Peter Gossell

    12.30pm In conversation: Lin Pardey

    2pm In conversation: Jon Simpson
  • Vessels

    Vessels

    This year's festival will showcase over 100 classic vessels, on display in and around Darling Harbour. One of the star attractions is the stunning 1924 luxury ketch Hurrica V featured in Baz Luhrmann’s film The Great Gatsby. It is joined by Halvorsens, yachts and skiffs, classic speedboats, steam launches, tugboats, whalers and Navy workboats from all around Australia. 

    Browse the full vessel list below.

    Afloat


    Name of boat
    Type of Vessel
    Year Built
    Construction and materials
    Leeda  Cruiser  1956  Kauri Hull, south African rosewood, celery top and Marine Ply fit out.
    Owl&me  Cutter Rig Sloop  1930  Timber
    Rosie  Gentleman's Cruiser  1926  Carvel Built Oregon, spotted gum, Australian White Beech.
    Brynhildr
     Falmouth Quay Punt  1933  Oak frames, Douglas fir planking deck and mast, Gal standing rigging
    Kiore  Lapstrake hulled putt-putt  1950  Spotted gum, planks, mahogany with teak decking
    Suraya  S & S Sloop (1 ton)  1967  Huon Pine hull, teak laid deck, mahogany coach house and combings
    Typsy G  1912 Herreshoff Alerion Replica  2014  White oak, Honduran mahogany and king billy Pine
    Pride  Leisure Craft – open Cab  1962  Fibreglass
    Mount Pleasant  Carvel Hull motor boat  1916  Douglas fir planking on spotted gum laminated ribs/keel, Sapele superstructure.
    Boomerang  Edwardian Gentlemen’s Schooner  1903  Hardwood frames, kauri deck and frames
    Hanuka  Halvorsen  1952  Carvel planked in Oregon
    Malveena  Three Quarter Rigged Sloop  1966  Douglas fir planked, dynel sheathed, painted ply deck on laminated timber frames, fin keel and skeg hung rudder
    Mister Christian  Swanson Sloop  1965  Carvel Planked Oregon on spotted gum frames
    Fidelis  Classic timber Sloop  1964  Kauri and teak
    Caprice of Huon  Bermudan rigged yacht  1951  Carvel planked Huon pine
    Lyndenne  Ex-Tasmanian cray boat – ketch rigged motor sailor  1947  Huon pine on spotted gum hull, celery top pine deck now covered in ply and dynel.
    Solaris
     Gaff rigged timber cutter  2003  Red cedar strip planking hull, red cedar interiors, teak deck, cashmiri pine masts and spars, twine served rigging
    Throsby
     Tug boat  1968  Australian hardwoods
    Steampunkship  Leeboard steam sailor yawl  1970  Epoxy plywood
    Aracaria
     Halvorsen Viking  1972  Timber
    Lemanja
     Clipper ketch CL33  1975  Full length keel in fibreglass, teak and Oregon
    Witch of Endor
     Steam launch  2005  Striped planked surian over kauri laminated frames, teak king planks and margin boards, white beech deck
    Kintail
     Yacht cutter rig  1936  Huon pine, Australian cedar and Teak.
    Sarah  Open Workboat  1930  Kauri over spotted gum, carvel Hull
    Sylvara  Sailing sloop  1972  Fibreglass
    Atmosphere  Herreshoff nereia, ketch-gaff rig  2003  Strip planked cedar/epoxy glass hull. Top sides solid timber and Oregon masts, interior fit out sheoak.
    STD5
     Montague Whaler  1952  Kauri on silver ash ribs
    Wicked Wench
     Ketch  1965  Timber
    Paralla
     Motor cruiser - Halvorsen  1953  Timber carvel, Oregon planking, hardwood frames, teak sided superstructure
    Elimatta  Halvorsen standard cruiser  1951  Oregon planked hull, queensland maple cabin sides and interior
    Elizabeth Rose  Edwardian styled steam launch  2000  Fibreglass hull, teak deck and mahogany cockpit.
    Waywood
     Yacht  2003  Triple diagonal planked celery top pine with ply bulk heads and decks
    Matang  Motor cruiser  1971  Spotted gum hull and ribs, Oregon topside
    Athene IV
     Folkboat  1964  Clinker timber
    Jenni G
     Cruising trawler  1980  Hull: carvel. Above waterline: planking Oregon. Below: hardwood copper nailed and roved. Keel: ironbark 
    Alana
     Stella  1964  Clinker construction – spotted gum keel – sorya planking
    Dolly Peel   Bermudan Sloop  1967  Carvel, Huon pine planking on hardwood ribs frame
    Illywhacker II
     Gentleman’s cruiser  1959  Carvel timber – Oregon planking on spotted gum frames
    Gailforce
     Fly bridge cruiser  1980  Fibreglass and timber
    Lara J
     Timber trawler  1974  Turpentine planking, red mahogany topsides, crows ash deck
    Kelpie  Gaff cutter  1893  
    Starlight
     Wooden motor cruiser  1988-1990  Carvel construction of spotted gum and Oregon
    Kenygeron  Motor Sailor  1990  Iron bark keel, spotted gum ribs, floor timbers and stringers, huon pine planking, Tasmanian black wood fit out
    Aoma  Halvorsen wooden cruiser  1963  Timber, maple over hardwood frame
    Serenity
     Gaff Cutter  2007  Strip planked Oregon on spotted gum
    JLH
     Fishing boat    Timber
    Lorita Maria  Sloop  1963  Timber carvel sloop
    Bimini
     Masty head sloop  1947  Carvel planked Oregon over spotted gum ribs. External lead ballast
    Utiekah II
     Timber cutter  1911  New Zealand kauri carvel plank on frame hull and structures with red cedar and Huon below
    Storm King  Cutter rig sloop  1938  Huon pine on huon pine. Teak laid deck, Oregon mast and spars painted. Hardwood bowsprit
    Seadog  Sydney built commercial fishing launch  1965  Timber: hardwood below waterline, Oregon above.
    Salacia
     Sloop  1962  Carvel planked huon pine hull, teak coach house, ply deck
    Martindale
     Auxiliary Ketch, rigged motor yacht  1932  Jarrah hull, teak covered with waterproof membrane. Internal fittings of Blackwood with mahogany paneling.
    SL Annie
     Steam launch  2015  Strip planking western red cedar
    Salamander
     Halvorsen special cruiser  1962  Oregon hull, teak cabin sides
    Lizzin
     Passage maker  1985  Strip plank timber
    King Billy
     Sailing yacht - cutter rig  1997  Strip planked/cold mould: Oregon and king billy pine
    Atlas  MSB dogboat  1900s  Clinker maple and spotted gum
    Cobar  Harbour workboat (line boat)  1969  Carvel planked with spotted gum ribs
    AWB-442  Ex-Navy workboat  1944  Carvel hull, timber construction
    Flemingo
     Classic Moreton bay cruiser  1979  Sharpie hull planked in iron bark, with crows ash interior
    Lusi  Cutter rig yacht  2015  Multi skin hull and decks, glassed over, timber spars, NZ kauri and US Oregon used.
    Clancy  Norwalk Islands Sharpie 18  2009  Marine plywood
    Mahogany
     Bridge decker cruiser  1996  Hoop pine hull, ironbark keel silver ash frames, mahogany bright work
    Saga  Compass 28 yacht  1971  Fibreglass with timber trim
    Whisper  25 foot Contessa sailing vessel  1977  GRP
    Norske  International 8 metre yacht  1948  Carvel planked, Huon pine
    Hurrica V
     Charles Nicholson ketch  1924  Browns pine on spotted gum frames
    Nabila  Halvorsen 40’ deep V  1965  Wood: cedar and teak
    Kirribilli
     Halvorsen Cruiser  1967  Oregon and teak
    Smoky Cape
     Yacht  1973  Cold moulded triple skin, Oregon, ply deck, teak house and coamings
    Ranger  Yacht  1932  Huon pine
    Kara-Kalinga  Halvorsen standard cruiser  1948  Spotted gum keel, Oregon planked hull, teak top sides and Queensland maple interior
    Rosemary
     Halvorsen special 26’  1963  Carvel planked Oregon, teak plank decks, teak cabin sides
    Tui of Oupa
     Masthead sloop  1994  Carvel, mahogany
    Kalinda  Halvorsen Bridgedecker cruiser  1950  Timber
    Ku-Ring-Gai
     Halvorsen Bridgedecker cruiser  1951  Carvel hull, Oregon on hardwood frames with laminated spotted gum keel, beech deck, teak margins, king plank and toe rails. Teak timber cabin on Oregon frames. Bronze and chrome fittings
    Southerly   Wooden ocean racing sloop  1938-39  Huon pine planked hull, deck plywood, fibreglass sheathed. Halvorsen built cabin and coach house, teak trim
    Eileen  Chris craft deluxe sportsman  1949  Mahogany timber
    Scarab  Halvorsen - Yacht - Gaff rigged raised deck
     1925  Spotted gum frames, kauri planking (carvel), ironbark keel
    Kamala
     Lug rigged yawl  2003  Half inch clinker ply hull, copper riveted 3/8” dyne; sheath deck Oregon/black butt keel, bluegum stem spotted gum stern post 11/2” ply transom 2” x 3” sawn frames, Oregon deck beams/carlins/sheer clamps, kauri sole
    The Huon Kelly
     30’ Cloudy bay motor sailor  2006  Huon pine (carvel planked and corked) the wheel house features celery top, Huon pine, myrtle and king billy straps.
    Ventura
     G.L Watson traditional sloop  1893  Huon pine
    Lizzie III
     Caledonia yawl; gaffed rigged plywood clinker  2009  Plywood strap clinker
    Viking Star  Halvorsen Viking  1968  Timber – hard chine, Oregon chines, beams stringers, planking, mahogany frames, teak top sides
    Walahnee II
     Halvorsen  1962  Carvel planked round bilge displacement, hull Oregon planking screwed to hardwood frames
    Rose Marie
     Gentleman's steam launch  1883  Carvel planked dynel sheathed, kauri pine
    Winnie Too
     Gentleman's cruiser, ex motor sailor  1946  Oregon carvel hull
    Maris  Tasmanian seabird yawl rig  1958  Huon pine
    Jenny Wren  Gaff Cutter  1889  Hull: kauri and original deck play and beech planking
    Ruthless  Yacht  1975  Cold moulded Oregon (three layers) with dynel sheath
    Eloise  Couta boat  1980  Timber carvel built

    Sjó-Ro

     International 6 metre, gentleman's day racer  1934  Huon pine hull and deck, Huon pine bent ribs, hardwood keel and sawn frames
    Tamoroa
     Double ended Harrison butler designed “thuella” sailing vessel  1973  Carvel planked with brown beech (bollygum) spotted gum stringers, ribs teak cabin
    MV Nymphea
     Classic timber motor cruiser  1971  Teak topsides and interior – oiled
    Otway Hunter  Bass Strait Cray Fishing Boat  1957  Timber, kauri hull, celery top, pine deck
    Kristina  Halvorsen  1956  Timber, Oregon planked
    Defiance  International 8m class  1935  Queensland kauri planking, tea tree floors, teak deck, spotted gum tiller, Oregon mast, Huon pine cabin top.
    Windsor 2
     Bracken 32  1974  Hull: double diagonal Oregon, superstructure: Teak cabin sides with dynal play deck and cabin roof – ply fly bridge
    Van  Tugboat    Timber
    Anitra V  Timber cutter  1956  Strip planked western cedar hull with teak deck and coach house
    Rimini
     Carvel gentleman’s launch  1987  Carvel, Oregon planks, eucalyptus frames and ribs
    Choof n puff
     Open steam launch  1999  Clinker ply and oregon
    Gretel II  12 metre international Class  1970  Oregon laminated, Queensland kauri, maple and teak deck
    433  Ex Navy Australian Work Boat 1944 Carvel. Oregon planking
    Indigo  Hinckley Bermuda 40 sloop 1984 Fibreglass hull, teak trim topside, Holly and bleached ash interior joinery
    Argos of Sydney Motor sailor 2003 Double planked Queensland Kauri Hull. White Beech Decks
    Saint May Daydream Sailing boat 1963 Timber, brunzeel ply
    Larapinta Sailing ketch 1945 Carvel planked Spotted gum & Oregon
    Glenelg cruiser 1958 Double diagonal oregon
    Windsor 2   1974 Hull - Double Diagonal Oregon Superstructure - Teak cabin sides with Dynal ply deck and cabin roof - Ply fly bridge
    Elouise / Barracouta     Carvel Huon Pine
    Lahara Yacht - Bermudian sloop 1951 Huon Pine on Blue Gum frames teak cabin and doghouse. Timber mast
    Corinthia Kog and Halvorsen Island Gypsy 72 Motor Yacht 1980 cold mouldedd Phillipine mahogany over yacal framing. Solid teak fitout
    Dolphin Clem Masters long range cruiser 1963 Carvel planked. Hardwood below waterline. Beech above splined with King Billy pine
    Thara Alan Payne Sloop 1948 Oregon and king billy pine
    MV Pathfinder II Motor Yacht 1987 GRP, Teak, Japanese ash
    Leslie H Lance Steam Launch 1950 Kauir clinker, teak deck
    Lolita Sloop 1946 huon pine

    Ashore


    Name of boat
    Type of Vessel
    Year Built
    Construction and materials
    Nell  4 oared row boat  1922  Queensland maple hull, spotted gum keel, tee tree knewws and copper fastenings
    My Jolly Boat
     Replica of the first fleet boat yawl or my jolly boat  1987  
    Miss Ally
     Halvorsen – open launch  1948  Carvel with Oregon hull, spotted gum ribs, white beech sole and Queensland maple deck, seats and cabinets
    Britannia
     Historical 18 footer replica  2002  Australian cedar on spotted gum
    Norma
     Adrean Dean design Row Boat  2015  Clinker built Huon pine, king billy pine, celery top pine and Tasmanian oak, copper riveted traditional built
    RME  23 foot fantail launch  1911  Timber kauri hull, gum ribs, mahogany deck
    Buccaneer  United States east coast cat boat  1942  Timber teak and white oak
    Lilith 38  Bermudan sloop  1939  Teak Brazilian mahogany timbers and Oregon
    Major Perseverance  AWB 40 - Australian Work Boat  1944  Oregon spotted gum frames with copper fastenings
    Hine  Carvel clinker open dinghy    Marine ply and harwood
    Vinegar Stroke  Whitehall 'pulling' boat  2005  Epoxy ply kit boat from Chesapeake light craft, the kit has been modified for overnight cruising with twin sliding seat rowing station, decks and tent
    Mahogany  Speedboat  1992  Mahogany and silver ash
    Beckanelle  Double ended paddling canoe  2014  Australian red cedar planked, glass and epoxy sheathed hull, Australian red cedar planked decks.
    Lady Frisco  Gentleman's launch  2015  Huon pine, Australian red cedar
    Surfrider II  MTR Cruiser  2010  Diagonal planked Oregon
    Miolner  Fishing boat  2005-2010  Glued Lapstrake double ender, built with wood and plywood
    Woody Pointer  Outboard skiff  2015  
    Frolic  Steam launch with canopy  1988  Lapstrake double ender, built with wood and plywood
    Indian  Sailing dory  2006  Plywood and solid timber
    1947 Surfboat  Double ended surf boat  1947  Carvel, Australian cedar, spotted gum
    1971 Clymer Surfboat  Surfboat  1971  Cold moulded cedar
    Edna may  Sharpie, trawler 1983 carvel/spotted gum
    janine anne  Courting Whitehall 2013 strip planked queensland silky oak aust. red cedar
    Julnar  Sloop  1938  Corked and puttied seams
    Tom Thumb II replica Yawl 1987 Australian Cedar plank on spotted gum frame, tee tree grown knees, flooded gum mast
    Child of Bounty Replica Royal Navy Launch 1982  
    Cherub Ranger type gaff sloop 1948 carvel, Oregon Pine on Spotted Gum ribs some Cedar & Qld Maple details
    Athena yacht 1972 carvel hull huon pine. painted white. cabin douglas fir clear finish. deck cream deck non slip paint. alum mast and boom
    Halcyon Days Chris Craft Riviera 1950 Philippino mahogany - red mahogany fitted planking not lapped and blonde mahogany deck corked with white sealant between planks
    Choof N Puff Open steam launch 1999 clinker ply and oregon
    Solid Timber Surfboard -
    Replica of Duke Kahanamoku built and surfed during 1914/15 visit to Australia
    solid timber surf board 2014 oregon and douglas fir
  • Symposium

    Symposium

    Preserving our maritime heritage

    What does “classic” mean in a contemporary world?

    The Symposium forms the professional component of the 2016 Classic and Wooden Boat Festival. It will appeal to those with a general interest in maritime heritage, boats, yachts, sailing, historic boats, including museum members, staff and volunteers.

    The Symposium addresses the overall festival theme – celebrating maritime heritage, with an emphasis on historic vessels in a contemporary world. Featuring Keynote speaker Lin Pardey, the internationally renowned cruising sailor, coupled with an expert panel of museum staff and boat owners followed by a Q&A facilitated by Jessica Watson, OAM, this Symposium promises to be a lively and informative afternoon and a great introduction to the 2016 Classic and Wooden Boat Festival.

    Friday 15 April, 2–5pm, FREE entry

    Eventbrite - Classic & Wooden Boat Festival 2016 - Symposium

    Book in to our exclusive afternoon tea and book signing with keynote speaker Lin Pardey, or come along to one of our free short talks

    Program

    Please note: this program is subject to change 

    2pm, Acknowledgment of country / Introduction


    Lin Pardey

    2.15pm, Lin Pardey
    Love or Logic - weighing up the factors that can make a restoration project successful

    There she sits, a shadow of her former glory. You want her, she needs you. But can you afford her? Lin Pardey will help you consider the true costs; be it financial, time or emotional impact, of taking on a classic boat restoration project. She'll address the question of what constitutes a restoration as opposed to a re-creation and when and where each is appropriate. Along the way she will share photographs and memories of the successful classic boat restoration projects she has sailed on or raced against in various parts of the world.

    About Lin:

    Lin Pardey, with her partner Larry, are among America's (and the world's) most knowledgeable and recognised cruising sailors, known as “America's first couple of cruising”. Together, Lin and Larry have sailed over 200,000 miles, including two circumnavigations east to west and west to east aboard self-built, wooden, engine-free cutters under 30 feet. Author of a dozen books, countless magazine articles, and co-creators of five cruising documentaries, Lin and Larry have shared their sailing experiences with tens of thousands around the globe prompting many to take up the sport and live the dream of the cruising lifestyle.



    David Payne

    3pm, David Payne, Curator of Historic Vessels, ANMM
    What makes a “classic” vessel? Unpacking the Australian Register of Historic Vessels (ARHV)

    Classic has its obvious connections to the elegant yachts and launches or cruisers from the 1880s through to the 1970s, and is almost always attached to wooden craft as well, but the ARHV has shown how it can be applied widely. It can pick up a range of craft, aesthetics and styles. As history marches on, more craft can be tagged classic- age helps! David will address the criteria the museum uses for listing vessels on the ARHV and discusses the nature of “classic” in a contemporary world.

    About David:

    David Payne is Curator of Historic Vessels at the museum, and through the Australian Register of Historic Vessels he works closely with heritage boat owners throughout Australia researching and advising on their craft and their social connections. David has also been a yacht designer and documented many of the museum’s vessels with extensive drawings. He has had a wide sailing experience, from Lasers and 12-foot skiffs through to long ocean passages.



    Historic image of classic boat spray
    3.30–4.15pm, Classic boats in Australian waters Panel Session
    Peter Gossell, Wooden Boat Association: The Life and Times of Joshua Slocum

    The first person to sail single handed around the world. Arguably the father of modern world cruising. American Captain, Joshua Slocum, was Canadian born but with a very significant connection to Sydney.

    About Peter:

    Peter Gossell is the former President of The Wooden Boat Association. Peter was a shipwright for 40 years (ex Lars Halvorson Sons) before emigrating to Australia operating the Windjammer Cruises of Honolulu with his wife, Betty.

    Ian Smith, President Australian Historical Sailing Skiff Association

    Classic boats can often be too far gone for restoration to a sea-going state to be viable. Building a replica can allow the active use of a vessel in a similar manner to the original without the same constraints of the fear of damage to the original boat. Ian will discuss how the fleet of replicas of early 20th century eighteen footers active in Sydney contributes to the knowledge of how the boats were used, their social role in history, as well as preserving the skills of both building and sailing the boats. Ian will also discuss the role of untrained workers in major restoration projects and the role of these projects in education.

    About Ian:

    Ian Smith has been a traditional boat builder since the 1970s. He set up and ran the Sydney Wooden Boat School for ten years and has a wealth of experience with unemployed youth, adult volunteers and at-risk kids. He built and sails his replica of this Museum’s Britannia with the Australian Historical Sailing Skiff Association every Summer Saturday.

    Jeffrey Mellefont, Honorary Research Associate, ANMM

    There are many historic maritime links between the Indonesian archipelago and Australian shores, Adventurous Australian yachtsmen have had wooden cruising boats built there to ‘classic’ traditional Indonesian designs. This unique world of exotic wooden boats and seafarers raises questions about how maritime tourism is helping to keep old Indonesian sailing skills alive in a rapidly modernising age.

    About Jeffrey:

    Jeffrey Mellefont was a long-time staff member of the Australian National Maritime Museum, founder and editor of its journal Signals, and in retirement continues to assist the museum as a research associate. Jeffrey has sailed with, recorded and written about Indonesian mariners and their traditions for over 30 years.



    Jessica Watson and Mike McKiernan

    4.15–4.45pm, Q&A with Jessica Watson OAM and Mike McKiernan, Deckee.com

    An open forum to talk all things classic, wooden and everything in-between!

  • Cruises

    Cruises

    Lady Hopetoun on Sydney Harbour

    Enjoy a leisurely cruise on Sydney Harbour aboard Sydney Heritage Fleet's famous Steam Launch Lady Hopetoun. Tickets can be purchased at the museum foyer. Be sure not to miss out as seats are limited. 

    Adult $20, Child $15, Adult member $15, Child member $10


    Cruise schedule


    Friday 15 April 2016

    12.15–1.30pm* (75 minute extended cruise)

    This extended cruise is exclusively for maritime museum members. SOLD OUT

    1.45–2.20pm (35 minutes)

    2.30–3.05pm (35 minutes)

    3.15–3.50pm (35 minutes)


    Saturday 16 April 2016

    10.15–11.30am* (75 minute extended cruise)

    This extended cruise is exclusively for maritime museum members. SOLD OUT

    11.45am–12.20pm (35 minutes)

    12.30–1.05pm (35 minutes)

    1.15–1.50pm (35 minutes)

    2.15–3.30pm*

    This extended cruise is exclusively for maritime museum members. SOLD OUT

    3.45–4.20pm (35 minutes)

    4.30–5.05pm (35 minutes)

    5.15–5.50pm (35 minutes)


    Sunday 17 April 2016

    11.15am–12.30pm* (75 minute extended cruise)

    This extended cruise is exclusively for maritime museum members. SOLD OUT

    12.45–1.20pm (35 minutes)

    1.30–2.05pm (35 minutes)

    2.15–2.50pm (35 minutes)


    Not a member?

    Joining is easy and there are many benefits.

  • CWBF app

    CWBF app

    Download the free CWBF app from the App Store or Google Play. You can view the festival program, learn more about the vessels on display, explore the map and take a tour of the Wharf 7 heritage centre.


    App store logo

    Google Play logo

    iPhone displaying CWBF app

  • For boat owners

    For boat owners

    Display your boat at the festival

    Do you own a classic or wooden boat? Submit an expression of interest form to display your vessel at this year’s festival. Formal applications have now closed, but you can add your name to the waiting list. 

    Display your boat

    Exhibiting your boat at the festival?

    You'll receive an email from us with detailed instructions, plus a link and password to pay your fees via Eventbrite. 

    Eventbrite - Classic & Wooden Boat Festival 2016 - Boat Exhibitors
    Have any questions?

    Email us at cwbf@anmm.gov.au

  • Instagram Competition

    Instagram Competition

    Win cash prizes in our Instagram photography competition!

    We’re excited to announce a photography competition in association with the 2016 Classic & Wooden Boat Festival. Submit your photographs via Instagram to win cash prizes worth $4600.

    Prizes

    The overall winner will receive $2000. In addition, three prizes will be awarded in each of two age brackets:
    16 years and over    
    First prize: $1000
    Second prize: $500
    Third prize: $250

    13–16 years (as at the final day of the competition, which is 18 April 2016)    
    First prize: $500
    Second prize: $250
    Third prize: $100
    Each winner will also receive an engraved trophy crafted from a timber spar salvaged from the HMB Endeavour replica.

    Categories

    Photographs should depict any of the following subjects, in either saltwater and freshwater Australian environments:
    •    Scenic. Can be underwater or above water, including shore scenes. Can include marine animals or plants.
    •    Life, work and leisure: for example sport; working boats and ships; images of people in marine trades or skills; or maritime lifestyles
    •    Portraits of classic and wooden boats
    •    Abstract images of marine subjects

    How to enter

    1.   Read the Terms and Conditions of the competition (below).

    2.  Caption your photo, indicating your age bracket with either ‘Under 16’ or ‘Over 16’

    3.  Upload your geotagged photo to Instagram with your Instagram handle and the hashtag #cwbfsydney (privacy settings must be set to ‘public’ for us to retrieve your photo).

    The fine print

    Limit of two entries per person.

    The competition runs from 9 am on 1 December 2015 until 5 pm on 18 April 2016. All entries must be received by 5 pm on 18 April 2016.

    The judges will include ANMM staff members Emma Ferguson, Classic and Wooden Boat Festival project officer; Janine Flew, publications officer and editor of Signals magazine; and Andrew Frolows, senior staff photographer.

    Winners will be announced in early May 2016 via social media channels. The winning images will be published in the June 2016 issue of Signals.

    Terms and conditions

    Game of skill

    1. Information on how to enter and details of the prize form part of the Terms and Conditions. Entry into this competition is deemed acceptance of these Terms and Conditions.  
    2. To the extent of any inconsistency between these Terms and Conditions and any other reference to this competition, these Terms and Conditions will prevail.
    3. The competition is a game of skill, and chance plays no part in the selection of the winner.
    4. Submissions will be judged according to the following criteria:
      4.1  The relevance of the submitted photo to the themes in question, as decided by our judges.
      4.2  Artistic interpretation of the themes, as decided by our judges.
      4.3  Originality of the submission.
      4.4  Entries that are deemed not to not belong to or not to be taken by the user will not be eligible.
    5. Photographs must be taken in Australia or Australian waters, and must be geotagged.
    6. Only entries submitted via the Instagram application and which are appropriately hashtagged will be accepted.
    7. Images must have been previously unpublished (except on Flickr/Facebook/the entrant’s own blog).
    8. Images may be digitally enhanced (spots removed, filters added, colour balance adjusted, etc) but not digitally composed. No montages will be accepted.
    9. Images must be the entrant’s own copyright.
    10. Images must have been taken between 1 December 2015 and 18 April 2016.
    11. Entry is free. Maximum of two entries per person.
    12. Participation in this competition assumes the acceptance of the Instagram terms and conditions, found at http://instagram.com/legal/terms/
    13. Due to Instagram’s rules of use, people under 13 years of age are not permitted to enter the competition.
    14. Employees, and their immediate families, of the Australian National Maritime Museum, its contractors and sponsors are not eligible to enter this competition. ‘Immediate family’ means any of the following: spouse, ex-spouse, de-facto spouse, child or step child (whether natural or by adoption), parent, step parent, grandparent, step grandparent, uncle, aunt, niece, nephew, brother, sister, step brother, step sister or first cousin.
    15. In consideration for the Australian National Maritime Museum awarding the prize to the winners (including runners up), the winners give the Australian National Maritime Museum non-exclusive rights to use their submitted image and Instagram name in promotional formats such as announcing the winners via the Australian National Maritime Museum website, Signals magazine, Facebook page, Twitter account and Instagram application and in subsequent competition promotions (with attribution). The winner will not be entitled to any fee for such use.
    16. The judges reserve the right to disqualify any image that they deem unsuitable or inappropriate.
    17. In the case of portraits of people, the entrant must have the written permission of the subject(s) to enter the photograph in the competition. Before winning entries depicting people are published, this written permission must be provided to the Australian National Maritime Museum.
    18. Prize winners will be the best valid entries as judged by the judges appointed by the Australian National Maritime Museum, having regard to skill, creativity and originality. The Australian National Maritime Museum may select additional entries to be used as replacements in the event that the first entrant chosen as a winner cannot satisfy these Terms and Conditions or take the prize.
    19. Winners agree to have their images published in the June issue of the museum’s magazine Signals.
    20. The judges’ decision in relation to any aspect of the competition is final and binding on each person who enters. Chance plays no part in determining any winner. No correspondence will be entered into. No responsibility is accepted for late, lost or misdirected entries. Prizes are not transferable or exchangeable.