NewsFebruary 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
December 19, 2013
TASSIE WORLD SKIFFIES
February 8 –15, 2015
FESTIVAL SPRINTS FEB 8
HOBART REGATTA FEB 9
FRANKLIN REGATTA Feb10-15
International St Ayles Skiffs
The excitement is starting to build….
Event under construction!
November 10, 2013
An overcast, cold November day in the Huon saw the St Ayles Skiff crew on “Imagine” head off for the 30km voyage into Port Cygnet.
On board were the “Women On Water” members who had also been the builders of the skiff.
The “jabble”(wild water) that started around the Port Huon fish farms, was well controlled as the crew aimed for the destination half-way point at Petcheys Bay for a quick crew change.
Bullock and Brabazon Points were rounded and the safe, quiet waters of Petcheys Bay were a welcome sight for the changeover.
The new rowers headed into worsening weather with turbulent swells and rain, but undeterred, manoeuvred around Beaupre Point before heading into the relative safety of Drip Beach.
There, some of the Cygnet community members boarded to complete the final leg of the five-hour journey into the Cygnet Sailing Club.
A new St Ayles Skiff is being built in Cygnet and community members are looking forward to a week of trying out Franklin’s “Imagine”.
It was a memorable trip for all, with new crews set to row back to Franklin next week. “Imagine” will then be available for teaching Franklin Primary School children “On the Water” skills.
Rowing is part of the heritage of the Huon, so it was a welcome sight to have the 1923-built King Billy Pine boat “Gemma”, (owned and skippered by John Walduck), an important part of the neighbourly adventure.
October 14, 2013
Picture this – gliding sleekly along the Huon River from Franklin within spectacular scenery, in synchronised exercise aboard long and aerodynamically slim rowboats, enjoying the exercise and fun as part of a coordinated team.
“Women on Water” are looking for two new crews of ladies to take on the challenge and learn to scull. The last two courses are due to run over summer, commencing with a free “Come and Try” day on October 28 at 6pm.
Five courses have already been completed through “Women On Water” in 2012, with the backing of the Huon Rowing Club. Under the guidance of experienced coach Tim Brown, crews of ladies now row regularly as Huon Club members and even competed in their first Masters Regatta at Lake Barrington in April. The ladies entered single, double and quad rowing events, which was quite an achievement.
To find out more or join in, phone Jane on 62663224 or 0400717140 to book in.
The first “Come and Try” day, December 2011
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