An email from Peter Doyle is a reminder that this event in mid March (12th-14th) is really the first St Ayles Skiff Regatta to be held on the Big Island, and should be a goodie: he'sThe picture below is from the rowing event held to celebrate the recent launch of 'FAST Messenger' at Warrnambool, and yes, the boat in the foreground is a whaleboat not a skiff.
'thrilled to report that, so far, we have seven Skiffs coming - including John Longley's two from Perth! I've managed to "book" the pontoon right in front of the RGYC club house where we'll raft the skiffs side-by-side. It'll look fabulous!'See www.woodenboatfestival.yachting.org.au for festival details. We are attempting to get 'Billie' across Bass Strait to participate. There is already a core crew going to represent the Small Island and it would be great to have more involved: we are still the centre of the Skiff universe in the southern hemisphere. It should be a lot of fun. Contact the secretary (firstname.lastname@example.org), or Lorrie Harrison (email@example.com) to find out more.