NewsJuly 13, 2014
Wow have certainly been busy over the winter months. Planning is well underway for the 2015 St Ayles Skiff Regatta in Hobart and Franklin. Lots of fundraising activities are being planned and sponsorships sought. A huge and heartfelt thank you to those local businesses who have already become involved: Shop@Franklin a unique little vintage/retro boutique in the heart of Franklin, owned and operated by Southerly Dolling, an active community member on and off the water; Franklin Marine supplier of all things nautical, owned and operated by mariner and more, Laurence Burgin; and Petty Sessions, licensed Gourmet Cafe and Gallery.
For all the latest news and information go to the Tasskiffie 2015 official website http://lbt.rforster.org/tasskiffie2015 and don’t forget to bookmark it.
There is also exciting news that a new St Ayles Skiff will be built in Franklin. Funded by a generous grant from Bendigo Bank‘s Community Fund, the Living Boat Trust is about to take possession, any day now, of a new kit from Robert Ayliffe at Stray Dog Boat Works in South Australia. The project will be supervised by master boat builder Peter Heading and will be an inclusive, community boat build in the tradition of the St Ayles Skiff worldwide movement. The new skiff should be ready to compete in the 2015 regatta.
April 20, 2014
Women on Water hosted the event and competition was provided by crews from Cygnet, Taroona, Franklin, Huonville, Castle Forbes Bay/Port Huon, Dover, Geeveston, Gecko and the Living Boat Trust.
Living Boat Trust Men’s team.
March 17, 2014
Say “St Ayles Skiff” and the Huon Valley is starting to see double! Cygnet Township proudly launched Tasmanian St Ayles Skiff Number 2 at a very special ceremony on March 1st at the Cygnet Sailing and Yacht Club.
On behalf of the “Women on Water” Franklin-based group it was a pleasure to be “special invitees”. All who attended were impressed with the workmanship in the skiff’s sleek design, paint and special finishing touches. The “Cygnet” skiff was named “The Swan”. The townships gathered to share the community spirit and pride in being part of the project. It was an obvious demonstration of the success of a health and well-being grant administered by the Huon Valley Health Services Advisory Committee.
The launch was a prelude to the Cygnet Township’s 150th celebration and an inaugural St Ayles Skiff event for the Cygnet Regatta was a great way to reinforce the benefits of being involved. The weather conditions were perfect, many skiff crews were involved, there was friendly rivalry and camaraderie with both St Ayles Skiffs, “Imagine” and “The Swan” gliding through the water, side by side.
And there’s more to come. The Focus on Franklin St Ayles Skiff Regatta is to be held from 9am on Sunday March 30 on the Huon River. There are more crews, events and opportunities to be involved. This is an open invitation to form or join a team and be involved with community rowing. For more information, visit www.focusonfranklin.org or phone 62663224
February 3, 2014
Focus on Franklin 2014 is shaping up to be bigger, brighter and better than ever. The inaugural St Ayles Skiff Regatta is still open to team entries and with the inclusion of the new skiff ‘Cygnet’, some exciting on water action looks promising.
For more information about this and other Focus on Franklin events and activities, check out their website http://www.focusonfranklin.org/
January 24, 2014
The summer to autumn boating calendar in 2014, particularly south of Hobart, is packed. In early February, the Kettering Wooden Boat Rally should attract visitors from all round Australia, followed closely by the northern version of the Wooden Boat Rally in Launceston.
Cygnet is next, in early March, with a “special event regatta” to celebrate a 150th anniversary. This year, St Ayles Skiffs will appear in the events with inaugural races of community rowing boats. Franklin and Cygnet each have community-built 22ft St Ayles Skiffs, part of a worldwide boat-building phenomenon. This has seen over 100 skiffs built in the last 5 years, resulted in a World Championship in Ullapool, Scotland in July last year, promoted community spirit and interaction and increased the active involvement of a wide range of people in water-based activities. The Cygnet-built St Ayles Skiff will be officially launched on March 1st as part of the Cygnet Regatta.
On the last weekend in March, the “Focus on Franklin” features the first St Ayles Skiff Regatta in Tasmania on Sunday March 30. The day before, as part of the town’s community festival, there will be river-based activities such as the “Roger Harwood Trophy”, “come and try St Ayles Skiffs”, cruises, tours, sailing and rowing events for all ages. As a lead-up to the Sunday regatta, the Saturday March 29 evening solar-light boat parade will also feature the skiffs, as well as Grebes and a variety of other watercraft. It is a unique event not to be missed.
And there’s even more planned for the 2015 calendar. These St Ayles Skiff events are a prelude to the Tasmanian Festival to be held in 2015, which kicks off with Hobart’s International Wooden Boat Festival celebrations from February 6.
Nominations are open now for the inaugural Focus on Franklin St Ayles Skiff Regatta 2014. Just form a group of 5 for men’s, women’s and mixed events to be a part of it, or put your name down to join in. Entry forms are available from Franklin Post Office, ph 62663224 or visit www.womenonwaterfranklin.org
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