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Skiffs at Port Esperance Easter Regatta

posted Mar 17, 2018, 7:44 PM by Posts Editor   [ updated Mar 17, 2018, 7:45 PM ]

Lorrie Harrison writes: 

'We have two St Ayles Skiffs going down for the races on Easter Saturday. 1km races in the morning and 5km race in the afternoon. We are still in need of some extra rowers so let me know if you can join us: lorrieharrison@tpg.com.au'

  Pic from Nell Tyson

Twilight Rowing 7

posted Mar 17, 2018, 7:31 PM by Posts Editor   [ updated ]

This coming Friday will be our last Twilight Racing for some time, so now is your chance to practice competitive rowing in a fun atmosphere with a relaxed cider at the end! A good opportunity for those rowing at Dover to get in some training.  

Register before 5pm on Friday 23 March.

 Pic from Lorrie Harrison

The Lake Macquarie Classic Boat Association

posted Mar 16, 2018, 4:39 PM by Posts Editor   [ updated Mar 16, 2018, 8:08 PM ]

More from our roving reporter, who has been in the Hunter Valley.  Lake Macquarie is just south of Newcastle, and is an ideal place for small boats - big enough for lengthy excursions, but still sheltered compared to the Pacific Ocean right next door.  The immediate point of interest was the St Ayles Skiff 'Catalina', which has just been built and launched by the Association.  The mystery of the boat's name was revealed: the shed in which it resides is on the old RAAF base, from which they used to launch and fly Catalinas.  'Catalina' is being very actively rowed, and took part in their recent BoatFest 2018. 

She is only one of many boats being built, restored or used.  One of the specialities of the Lake is 10 foot dinghies - ten foot hull that is, but more like 40 foot when you add in the bowsprit and the overhanging boom! One imagines that capsize drill is a priority. 

If you are visiting the area a trip down to the Association is a recommendation, Tuesday or Thursday 9am - 1pm.  All the details on the webpage:  http://www.classicboatassociation.org.au

Some random pics below: note the dinky Skiff trolley. 

Our first twenty years: celebrate on Thursday March 29th

posted Mar 16, 2018, 4:11 PM by Posts Editor   [ updated Mar 16, 2018, 5:13 PM ]

Some time ago Ruth Young wrote a typically lucid and concise ‘Beginnings of the LBT’, which can be read at https://goo.gl/Bsb96P . A key date which Ruth identified in this history is ‘Incorporation’ which occurred in 2008 – and now we’ve made it to ripe old age of 20! The first of what we hope are multiple celebrations to honor this momentous event will kick off on the evening of Thursday March 29th, and is being organised in conjunction with the Wooden Boat Centre. There will be an exhibition and some ceremonials at the Centre starting at 6.30pm, followed by a dinner at the 7.30pm at the LBT. See the flyer below for more details. RSVP for catering purposes to WBC 6266 3586 or Kate 0419 693 415. Cost is $15.

This will also be an opportunity to honour Ruth and John Young without whom the establishment of our organisations almost certainly wouldn’t have come to pass.

Living Boat Trust 20th Anniversary

posted Mar 16, 2018, 4:00 PM by Posts Editor   [ updated Mar 17, 2018, 3:24 PM ]

Jilly Archer writes: 

'The LBT became an incorporated body on 24th June 1998, and we want to celebrate this year’s anniversary and use it to reflect on where we have come from and where we are going. 

You dear Members can play your part by telling us what and who you’d like to know about, or maybe you like to write a piece yourself. 

As an example of the latter, some of the anecdotes associated with the LBT journey will be part of this correspondent’s contribution to the anniversary, to be shared with those who weren’t members at the time who want to know more about the people, the boats, machinery and events which have been the making of the Trust as we know it today. Where appropriate these will be published in the newsletter. 

Similar contributions from others are welcome. They can be simple and meaningful, without large expenditure of time, money and energy. Just send your story and photo for the commemoration to the LBT secretary (sec@lbt.org.au).  Please try to keep your newsletter items under 300 words. 

There have been a number of ideas floated (pardon the pun) about how we could commemorate this milestone; a Ritual Boat Burning, Long Table Dinner, a Parade of Boats etc and we your committee would like to know from you and have your participation. What would the Tuesday guys like to do, the Monday night Dinner people, Rowers, Sailors, WOW, TN Enthusiasts? Again, send your ideas in (sec@lbt.org.au), or enter them through the form below (

What is The LBT Committee going to do you may ask? We intend to hold a special 20th Year conversation and do some navel gazing about our past present and future. Watch this space! 

Thank you, Your History correspondent, 

Jilly Archer.

Email: kuranye6@gmail.com

Mob: 0423 265 789'

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 Launch of Swiftsure II, 2004

1912 outboard motor: the Archimedes

posted Mar 16, 2018, 2:56 PM by Posts Editor   [ updated Mar 16, 2018, 3:24 PM ]

Spotted by our roving reporter in Newcastle, here is one for the petrol heads.  According to Wikipedia the first production outboard motors came onto the market in 1906, so this example is very early days.  Wayne Barrett, who is restoring it, writes:

'It was made by the Archimedes company in Sweden which was in the 1930s bought out by Volvo Penta.  It is a two stroke of 2.25HP and weighs in at about 60kgs. The majority of the motor and shaft are brass and the cylinders are cast iron.  It is water cooled and the rudder steers independent of the propeller, somewhat like a ship.'

More details and pics from Wayne are attached: https://goo.gl/HDvm5Z

Looking for a crew

posted Mar 14, 2018, 6:13 PM by Posts Editor   [ updated Mar 15, 2018, 2:03 PM ]

Ian Johnston writes: 

'I have a beautifully  converted crayfishing boat with a ketch rig and Gardner motor. I have had a crew drop out yesterday. I am looking for one or two people to crew on the boat from Port Davey up to Strahan - about a week to explore the most beautiful part of Tasmania. No experience necessary but you need to be reasonably fit and agile with an adventurous spirit. Leaving on the 26th March. Contact Ian on 0418202957 or ianjohnstonmarine@gmail.com. Soon.'

Update:  Ian tells us that he now has a west coast crew, but is still needs one for the east coast at a later date.

Hire an LBT boat: meeting Monday March 12

posted Mar 6, 2018, 11:43 PM by Posts Editor   [ updated Mar 7, 2018, 6:52 AM ]

The LBT constitution admonishes us to 'promote Tasmania’s maritime heritage by the provision of related educational and recreational opportunities to people of all ages, interests and abilities'.  To this end we have for many years held a 'right to hire' license for our rowing and sailing fleet.  Trouble is that, except on rare occasions, it has all been too hard to put into action.  Marketing, ticketing, etc, etc, you get the picture.  Now John Young and David Hume have worked through a lot of the complications and are set to go with another try at it.  David writes: 

'As you are aware, John and I have been working hard, mostly ploughing through red tape, to bring into reality the idea of establishing a boat hire business set around the Grebe dinghies, and at last we are go. A certificate of operation has been issued and while most of the summer is behind us we are ready to operate for as long as reasonable boating weather persists.  I would therefore like to invite all interested parties to a meeting to be held  Monday March 12, 5.30 at Greg Guy Wharf (weather permitting, otherwise WBC).  While we have developed a business and operating plan your questions and input are most welcome in helping us make the project a success.' 

Maria in March

posted Mar 6, 2018, 11:22 PM by Richard Forster   [ updated Mar 6, 2018, 11:27 PM by Posts Editor ]

Jane Johnson writes: 

'Twenty explorers crossed the Mercury Passage on Saturday, March 3, consisting of three St Ayles Skiff crews, a sailing boat duo, two manning the safety boat and a one-woman Mirage sea kayaker. The adventurers aimed to navigate and explore the scenic coastline of the southern, less well-known section of Maria Island, a landmark with an interesting history.' 

For her full report read on: https://goo.gl/4PNUHb

 Pics from Jane Johnson

Grant Seeker Workshop, Wednesday 4th March

posted Mar 6, 2018, 1:02 AM by Posts Editor   [ updated Mar 6, 2018, 1:03 AM ]

'A free grant writing workshop to learn tips and get support on how to navigate the grant seeking process.'  For details see the attached invitation: https://goo.gl/UWpw5M

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