"tawe nunnugah" means “going” by “canoe” in the local Aboriginal language. The event took the name to honor the first navigators of southern Tasmanian waters. Every two years keen adventurers set off from Recherche Bay in the far south of Tasmania to row and sail to Hobart , more than 100 nautical miles away, in a fleet of small boats. This expedition over 10 days takes participants along some of Tasmania’s beautiful and unique coastline, from the wild south and along the spectacular and historic D’Entrecasteux Channel and up the Huon River before entering the Derwent River to Hobart. This arrival coincides with the start of the Australian Wooden Boat Festival After the completion of the festival those who wish to can come to Franklin, the home of the Living Boat Trust, and take part in the St Ayles Skiff Regatta.
The route for 2017 has yet to be determined, but we anticipate that is will be similar to those of previous years.
There is a beautiful and evocative DVD of the 2007 Tawe Nunnugah made by David Perez: see the trailer.
Read the transcript of an ABC interview about Tawe Nunnugah: http://bit.ly/1TEgon5
The Tawe Nunnugah ‘Raid’ has been organised bi-annually by the Living Boat Trust since 2005. The Living Boat Trust (LBT) is an incorporated non-profit community association based in Franklin on the banks of the Huon River in southern Tasmania. It aims to maintain traditional boat building, repairing, rowing and sailing skills.