Sadly, we have just heard from Buckingham Palace that they can't send Gloriana, the Queen's rowboat, to be part of the opening event of the St Ayles Skiff Regatta in February next year. Apparently, the trailer's rego has just run out.
However, the good news is that all types of classic and character boats, from coracles and canoes to steamboats and skiffs, are fighting to take part in our Skiff Regatta Parade of Boats, from Huonville to Franklin. If you want to be piped down the river by the Derwent Scottish Pipe Band, now is the time to put bums on thwarts, as you might say. Send an email to
registering your boat to be part of something very, very BIG.
FLAGS COMPULSORY - lets fill the Huon, bank to bank, on Friday 17 February, starting from Huonville at 4pm.