Australian Wooden Boat Festival 2015

The President's report

Hobart certainly turned on the fine weather for those of us who braved crossing "the strait" either by air or ferry for the “My State Wooden Boat Festival”.

The displays of boats ranged from the 4' kids paddle boats in Constitution dock to tall ships and all were decked out with their bunting.  There were an abundance of WBA members at the festival including one of our younger ones - Orlando Yen with his Dad Andrew, to our "elder Statesman" Alan Chinn with Jenny, great to see them there enjoying the festivities. If you haven't been to the festival before then for boaties it is a must for your bucket list. Start planning for 2017! Warning!  You may suffer from a serious case of "boat envy" afterwards.


Get ready for the Amazing Raid

Albert Park Lake, Sunday 24 May 2014

This is the rescheduled date for The Amazing Raid, a fun and challenging activity with on and off-water components.

By the end of The Amazing Raid you will know a lot more about Albert Park Lake – perhaps too much. To participate in all aspects of the event you will need a boat, so bring your own, book one of the club’s boats, or scrounge a ride on another member’s boat. If you are prepared to walk around the lake you can compete in most of the challenges without a boat.

Find out more, and register here

Call for contributions

Have you recently had a great day on the water, voyaged from A to B successfully, or completed a small project such as a locker lid or new spar? Our members would love to hear about it!

Please send a short paragraph and a picture to the Shavings Editor, preferably by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , so that we can include your account in Shavings.

We also encourage members to share their achievements and experiences at club nights. Bring along photos, drawings or examples and feel welcome to talk about these as part of the meeting.

About the Wooden Boat Association

Wooden Boat AssociationThe Wooden Boat Association was formed in 1989 for people who enjoy wooden boats and wooden boat building.

Members appreciate wooden boats for their aesthetic qualities, the beauty of the boats and the materials from which they are constructed, and the pure romance of wooden boats.
In this age of mass production, each wooden boat is as individual as her owner.


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Coming WBA Events

Wed Apr 22 @ 6:00PM -
Club visit to Enterprize
Sun Apr 26 @10:00AM -
Sailing Day at the Anglesea Sports and Recreation Club.
Wed May 20 @ 7:30PM -
Club Night
Sun May 24 @10:00AM -
The Amazing Raid
Wed Jun 24 @ 7:30PM -
Club Night
Sun Jun 28 @10:00AM -
Sailing Day
Sun Jul 26 @10:00AM -
Sailing Day and AGM
Sun Aug 23 @10:00AM -
Club visit to Tim Phillip’s boatyard, Sorrento

Other Events

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