Another glowing report from the Kiwis: http://bit.ly/1cmaEf5 . Looks like they managed to attract the odd ozzie shiela aboard their Skiff: handsome devils those Kiwis.
'Day one back in the office and productivity extremely low as I daydream of the fun, wonderful people and events that I'm sure exceeded eveyone's expectations. The Raid, Hobart Festival, return Raid, Franklin Regatta , film evening, musicals .......... how can we try and emulate that.
You are a very special, colourful, creative and talented group held with a glue seldom found today.
Steve Cranch and I will hatch a cunning plan in the near future. Based on your format, it will include a Raid around the Hauraki Gulf Islands, the Mahurangi Classic Regatta (over 100 year history) , Auckland Anniversary regatta (175 year history) and of course the Interdominion Skiff Regatta in Auckland.
At this juncture please forward this to as many and all interested parties to bolster a database for future comms.
Again our heartfelt thanks for making the events happen and the lifelong friendships forged. '
Mike MahoneyWee Tawera
Those rowers who would like to participate in the 250 metre sprints between 2.00 pm and 4.00 pm on Sunday, could you please be at the Waterman’s Dock (opposite the Customs House pub) at 1.45 pm (for those who wished to row early) - but don’t leave us in the lurch for the last half of the programme. The schedule on Sunday is particularly important as we have Her Excellency the Governor attending from 3.25 to view the rowing and at 4.00 pm to present the award to the fastest crew.
Individuals and teams please do you best to participate as we would like there to be a good show, especially whilst the Governor is there. Individuals do not need to be part of a team or crew, that can be done on the day.
The course will be along the Princes Wharf area near the new IMAS building
Venue for the award: the IMAS building
The event at the Royal Hobart Regatta is due to start at 11.30 am and goes through to 12.30
There will be a series of 250 metre sprints, plus at least one 1 km race.
If you are not assisting in bringing the skiffs around to the Regatta grounds, please be at the Regatta ground foreshore by 11.15 am.
PFD’s: if you have your own, please bring it with you
Protocol re the Governor.
Her full title is: Her Excellency Professor the Honourable Kate Warner, AM, Governor of Tasmania
But you don’t have to worry about that.
Lorrie Harrison and I will be there to speak with Her Excellency and explain about what is going on
· The Governor should be addressed as “Your Excellency” when speaking to her. If engaged in a conversation, “Ma'am” is acceptable after the initial greeting.· The Governor should be referred to, and introduced to others as “Her Excellency the Governor”.
Steve Cranch writes:
'We arrived today and have located our skiffs, picked up our rental truck and are fizzing with excitement. Plan at this stage is to pull the skiffs out of the container first thing in the morning. Unload Frank Worsley back into the container, pick up some supplies and head south. Hoping to be at Verona sand around midday or just after. Ready to launch and get over to Alonnah to join in the fun [of tawe nunnugah].'
Marcia Waller writes:
'The excitement of the St Ayles Skiff Regatta to be held in Franklin from 12th to 15th February begins the weekend before in Hobart at the Australian Wooden Boat Festival and Hobart Regatta. A St Ayles Skiff component will be based at “Franklin Village” at Waterman’s Dock, throughout the Festival, where you can buy souvenir T-shirts, caps, badges and car-stickers. Skiffs will also be on display near Mawsons Hut.
At Princes Wharf on Sunday 8th February, from 2pm to 4pm, St Ayles Skiff 250m sprint races will be held. This will be a wonderful opportunity to witness the excitement generated by the crews over the 250m course. At the Royal Hobart Regatta at the Domain, on Monday 9th February, from 11.30 am to 12.30 pm more 250m sprints and a 1km race will be conducted. Sprints at both events will be 2 boats at a time, some races will be experienced crews racing each other and other will be “come and try” crews rowing against each other. The 1km race, at the Royal Hobart Regatta, will be an experienced crew race, of up to 6 boats at the same time.
So come to both events in Hobart and get a hint of what the St Ayles Skiff Regatta will be like the following weekend in Franklin.
The Regatta’s first event converges on Shipwright’s Point which has a long boating history with regattas held there from 1855 to 1970. Boatbuilding was conducted up until the early 1900’s when the population was in the 1000’s. The Huon Yacht Club located on the site carries on the tradition of sailing and community involvement. The first Regatta race leaves Franklin at 10am Thursday 12th February for Shipwright’s Point, a distance of 10km. This is the L&S Doyle Heritage Long Row. A return race leaves Shipwright’s Point for Franklin at 2pm, with an expected race time of one hour. By 4pm the seven St. Ayles Skiffs will be joined by the boats from the Living Boat Trust’s Homecoming Cruise and the flotilla will arrive in Franklin for the official opening at 5pm at the Franklin Rowing Ways. See the “oar salute”, enjoy the Derwent Pipe Band and the Didgeridoo, and stay to watch the International Sprint. Afterwards the Palais Theatre is hosting a free concert, with a BBQ dinner beforehand.
Jane Johnson, from the organising committee, says “We have planned the program leading up to the Regatta to enable as many people as possible to see firsthand the fun and excitement of rowing the St Ayles Skiffs, which we hope will encourage them to come to Franklin for the three days of racing”.'
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