All photos ©ANMM & Andrew Frolows
With a staff of expert shipwrights, a volunteer army of wooden boat enthusiasts and as the custodians of historically significant vessels including the replica of Captain Cook’s HMB Endeavour, the Australian National Maritime Museum is well qualified to showcase some of Australia’s finest vintage boats. In just over a week the museum kicks off its Classic and Wooden Boat Festival with an impressive festival line-up, supporting my theory that wooden boats are in vogue.
Although the museum has held classic and wooden boat festivals in previous years, the 2016 event promises a reinvigorated line-up of boats and off-water activities. This year’s event is also the first in a six-year strategy for biennial festivals, each growing in size and ambition.
©ANMM & Andrew Frolows. Wooden and Classic Yachts moored in Darling Harbour
During the festival, the museum’s Darling Harbour Marina will host classic speedboats and yachts, wooden skiffs, steam yachts and old navy workboats. Onshore festival visitors will be able to watch traditional caulking demonstrations, enjoy a lineup of live music and even watch a fashion parade of swimwear through the ages. Other festival highlights are harbour cruises on steam launch Lady Hopetoun and the chance to learn how to hoist sails on three-masted tall ship the James Craig.
The Classic and Wooden Boat Festival kicks off with an opening ceremony at 10am on Friday 15 April and runs through the weekend till 5pm Sunday 17 April. Festival entry is free and you can find all the details here.