Ian Johnson summed it up for the rest of us at announcement time: we get blasé about our blessing down here in Tasmania, but who could be blasé sitting in the shed amongst friends, new and old, with a repaste before us, the viking form of the Bendigo Skiff as a backdrop and having launched two beautiful wooden boats? Bob Hawkins photographs below illustrate some of the highlights of a very busy evening:
- the turning of the Skiff;
- the launching of the newly donated dinghy Punto;
- the launching of recently completed Syrah;
- a serenade from the kitchen crew trio.
What made the evening especially memorable was that the presence of so many people, not necessarily LBT members, who have contributed to or been involved in these projects. To name a few (but by no means all):
- Louise Crossley, the donor of Syrah;
- donors of Punto Jan Cuthbertson and Craig Dixon (who also restored her);
- staff from the Bendigo Bank, who have made the Bendigo Skiff project possible;
- Chris Burke and Pip Gowan, the founders of the LBT.
Turning the Skiff.
Craig Dixon tells us about Punto.
John Young takes Louise Crossley for a row in the newly launched Syrah.
Kitchen Crew Trio