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Volunteers wanted at the WBC

posted May 22, 2019, 6:39 PM by Richard Forster   [ updated May 22, 2019, 6:40 PM ]

Jenny Tubman writes:

If you can spare just 4 hours a week the Wooden Boat Centre could use your help. 

Please come along and meet some like minded community members. 

We can train you in new skills or you can use your old ones. 

Call Jen or Paul on 62663586 or just drop down to 3333 Huon Highway  Franklin and say gidday.


No organised sailing Monday 20th May

posted May 19, 2019, 3:20 PM by Posts Editor   [ updated May 19, 2019, 3:21 PM ]

Our skippers are busy, and rain is imminent.


Lost a camera?

posted May 19, 2019, 3:13 PM by Posts Editor   [ updated May 19, 2019, 3:22 PM ]

This one has been hanging around the LBT shed for weeks.  It is film (not digital).  Contact the secretary sec@lbt.org.au of you recognise it.


Invitation to Row at Lake Meadowbank 26 May

posted May 17, 2019, 11:20 PM by Posts Editor   [ updated May 17, 2019, 11:21 PM ]

Andrew Perkins has invited us to join all manner of craft to row to a lunchtime spot down Lake Meadowbank. The rowing will take about an hour in calm water.  Lake Meadowbank is past New Norfolk. If you are interested in going in a skiff then please let Mike Hewitt or Lorrie know. 


Palais Concert June 4: Van Diemen's Band

posted May 17, 2019, 7:17 PM by Posts Editor   [ updated May 17, 2019, 7:19 PM ]

Tasmania’s own Baroque super-group, Van Diemen’s Band, is joined by internationally acclaimed singer, Lotte Betts-Dean, for a concert of Baroque favourites by Vivaldi, Handel and Scarlatti.

Don’t miss this 5-piece ensemble of ancient instruments and a singer who will dazzle and delight.

The Palais will open its doors at 5.15pm; there is a bar with reasonably priced drinks and concert itself starts 6pm, entry $25

Click here to book your tickets online.


When in doubt, try the trysail

posted May 15, 2019, 5:29 PM by Posts Editor   [ updated May 15, 2019, 5:32 PM ]

LBT member John Snowdon sent us this very interesting account (https://tinyurl.com/y3rm4fjf) of crossing Bass Strait in heavy weather in Beatrix, which visited Franklin back in autumn.  We are going to get John to show off his somewhat the worse for wear ribs at the next LBT show and tell. 


Franklin History Walk Opening 10th June

posted May 15, 2019, 4:59 PM by Posts Editor   [ updated May 15, 2019, 5:00 PM ]

Harry Rettino sent us the invitation attached below.  If you need more information contact him:  0473 066254 or harryrettino@yahoo.com 



Sailing in windy weather

posted May 14, 2019, 4:10 PM by Posts Editor   [ updated May 15, 2019, 5:01 PM ]

Pip Stevenson sent in the following report.

Sailing Monday Recap; Gusty Monday 13th May. 


It was definitely a full on forecast for last Mondays sailing afternoon; 25 kts and more from the NW. 

A firm believer in suck it and see, I proposed we check it out rather than cancel. Richard F, Henk Brolsma and Rotem, all regulars, and Sarah who is our current dinghy builder at the WBC were keen to try it on so we had a briefing to discuss the conditions, safety tactics and likely experiences, tucked in two reefs, hoisted the staysail and headed out. 

It was exciting challenging sailing to say the least. With the main reefed we sometimes had barely steerage in the lulls and the gusts at 25-30 knots sent the valiant Capricornia scudding along at over 6 knots while we scrambled our body weight up to windward and spilled the wind from the main. 

Wind direction was baffling with frequent shifts of up to 180°!, usually as we attempted to tack. Several times Henk (our bow thruster) paddled furiously to get us around when the riverbank loomed too close. A massive gust at just the crucial moment made our docking at the end pretty spectacular but quick action by the crew saw us safely alongside. 

It was a hell of a lot of fun and we all learnt to move weight and trim sails very quickly indeed! As they say, if you can sail on the river you can handle a boat anywhere and sailing in confined water and strong conditions helps to build everyone’s confidence. All participants are showing rapid improvement in their skills and I thank Richard Forster especially for his enthusiasm and ongoing commitment to the program. 

Come and sail with us every Monday arvo through winter (weather permitting). It’s great fun and a brilliant boat to sail and learn on. All members from raw beginners are welcome. 

See you aboard soon! 


 Pic from Endra O'May

The Franklin Fruit Loop

posted May 14, 2019, 3:53 AM by Posts Editor   [ updated May 14, 2019, 3:56 AM ]

Deb Van Velsen invites everybody to  the opening of the  Franklin Fruit Loop.  This is a scenic short-cut path between Old and New Roads across van Riddle and Johnson land, being planted with fruit and nut trees, alongside a wild-life corridor.

When: Grand opening at 2:30pm, Sunday 19th May.

Where: In the middle of the walk, between Old and New Roads

Wear sensible shoes and whatever you need for the weather.

Bring a thermos if you like. A few afternoon tea snacks will be provided.

Parking: Anywhere along the foreshore at the bottom of Old or New Roads. Along 43 New Rd. is also an option. Accessible parking is at 43 New Rd.


Farewell dinner for Stranraer crews 20th May

posted May 12, 2019, 4:18 PM by Posts Editor   [ updated May 12, 2019, 4:33 PM ]

The Stranraer St Ayles Skiff Regatta ('World Skiffies') in southern Scotland isn't until July, but some of our participating crews are leaving early to make it the 'big OS trip'.  We will say goodbye to them at Monday dinner 20th May.

  Pic from Skiffieworlds2013 at Ullapool (photo Kathy Mansfield)

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