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To receive up-dates join the tn19 mailing list

posted Apr 3, 2018, 4:28 PM by Martin Riddle   [ updated Apr 3, 2018, 4:29 PM ]

You have received this message because you previously signed up for the mailing list for tawe nunnugah 2017 (tn17) and we therefore assume you are interested in small boat expeditions. The Living Boat Trust has recently started planning for tn19 and has opened the tn19 mailing list. So you don’t get duplicate emails we won’t continue to use the tn17 mailing list - if you wish to receive information up-dates on tn19 as they are posted please sign on to the tn19 mailing list ( Congratulations if you have already done this. If you want to follow progress on tn19 go to our web-site at

The view from the drone

posted Nov 24, 2017, 12:53 PM by Posts Editor   [ updated Nov 24, 2017, 12:54 PM ]

Participants on Tawe Nunnugah will recall that part of the fun was being buzzed by the drone, generally controlled by the safety RIB operator Saul.  He has very generously given us a copy of his footage: view at .  Depending on your musical taste you will either want to have your speakers dialed up to 11, or toned down a bit.

Remembering tawe nunnugah 2017

posted Jun 14, 2017, 2:47 PM by Posts Editor   [ updated Jun 14, 2017, 4:01 PM ]

Murdo McLeod is a photographer and journalist from the UK who came with us on the Raid, rowing in a Skiff crew.  He has written a beautifully illustrated article which can be found at . And for those of us who aren't Facebook people (and are thus hopelessly out of date)  Alex Blackburn's video at is terrific.

tn17 News – Feedback form , sharing photos, Lost and Found and bar invoices

posted Apr 18, 2017, 6:38 PM by Martin Riddle

This is probably the last of the tn17 up-dates and there are a number of things to cover. Firstly thank you all for making it such an enjoyable experience - we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did. 
However good it was there are always things that could be improved so we are seeking your feedback. Please follow the link below to the feedback form: 

We have created a numbers of ways to share Raid photos. Using Facebook, you can post your best pics to the tn17 Photo Group ( This is a closed group just for Raiders with almost 200 photos in it already.  Go to the site and ask to join. Either Heather (Mrs Black Pearl) or Deb will accept your request. There are also a few pics on the tn17 Facebook page. Alternatively you can link your online collection to the LBT website at  - let us know about your on-line collection if you would like it added. 

Several items were lost and found during the Raids. There is a box of homeless stuff at the LBT Shed. If you have lost something or found someone else's stuff in your gear after the Raid, please let us know and we will share it. Celia is looking for her pocket knife in beloved hand-made leather holder, thought lost in Quarantine Bay and if you borrowed the LBT’s new Yamaha outboard please return it. 

Invoices for Bar Tabs went out on 24 February. Thank-you to those who have already paid - you should have received acknowledgment of your payment. If you haven’t yet seen your invoice please check for an email from “Living Boat Trust<>”. If you haven’t received an invoice but are expecting one please contact the Raid organisers at:

Happy memories: the Return Raid

posted Apr 13, 2017, 5:41 PM by Posts Editor   [ updated Apr 13, 2017, 5:42 PM ]

The latest edition of 'Afloat' features an article about the Return Raid .  This magazine is available free from many boating outlets, or view it online   at

  Pic from Kevin Green, Afloat

Photos from the Raid

posted Feb 23, 2017, 7:27 PM by Posts Editor   [ updated Feb 23, 2017, 7:28 PM ]

We are accumulating links to the collections we know about at .  Let us know about your online collection if you would like it added.

 Pic from Phil Meaney

Return Raid departure up-date

posted Feb 11, 2017, 2:15 PM by Martin Riddle   [ updated Feb 11, 2017, 3:25 PM ]

Registration and bag drop for the Return Raid is at 16 Evans Street near the Australian Wooden Boat Festival in Hobart at 11 am on Monday morning. Evans Street is behind the Henry Jones Hotel on the north side of Constitution Dock (Salamanca Place is on the south side of the dock area) – map attached.


The original plan was for the Return Raid fleet to leave Hobart from Watermans Dock on Monday afternoon, however, the current forecast is for strong westerly winds from midday Sunday, easing late on Monday afternoon. We will have a better idea of how the weather system is moving at 11 am on Monday. If the winds are unlikely to ease in time for a safe crossing during daylight we will look at alternatives including the possibility of busing people to a camp site for Monday night.


As always we will be watching the weather and will make a decision accordingly. Some people on the Raid have limited email access at the moment – if you are speaking to someone doing the Return Raid please check with them whether they’ve received this email and if not, let them know about the bag drop at 11 am and the possibility of a bus shuffle if the strong winds don’t ease in time.

The view from ‘Imagine’: Quarantine Bay to South Arm

posted Feb 9, 2017, 5:38 PM by Posts Editor   [ updated Feb 9, 2017, 5:38 PM ]

We were an all female crew with Celia as skipper. We set out for Dennes Point, and to our surprise the sea was calm, the sun came out and there was no rain. We came out of Quarantine Bay into the D’Entrecasteaux Channel and into the path of three playful dolphins. We stayed in the lee of the land and had lunch aboard in some quiet water. We set off not knowing what to expect but having been warned that there was unsettled weather expected. We rowed, the waves got bigger, the wind got stronger, the white horses grew in number. The cox changed and we started surfing down the waves and steering towards the coast. The waves got bigger, the wind got stronger, and sadly one of the crew became too tired and a tow was requested: as it turned out we were only two hundred metres from sheltered waters and close to our destination. We rowed in to applause. We were all pleased with ourselves. A good day out in Tassie waters.

The view from the camp: Simpson’s Point to Quarantine Bay

posted Feb 8, 2017, 1:48 AM by Posts Editor   [ updated Feb 9, 2017, 5:21 PM ]

The camp support staff had the best view of the Simpson’s Point camp, motoring in and out over the ridge: it was spectacular. In the morning after a 7.30 breakfast the now established routine of washing up and packing up the vehicles was easily accomplished with the assistance of everybody in camp. The analogy of ants moving a grasshopper was mentioned. Ros headed out to replenish stores, chef and cooking assistants went off to preprepare meals for the day, the support group went looking for fuel and gas, whilst the setup group found their way to the new camp with a truckload of luggage, camp equipment, mobile toilets and water supplies. The tea, coffee and office marquee was set up first,  followed by the kitchen marquee. After the arrival of the sailing and rowing contingent we collectively erected the main marquee.  Sitting in camp at Quarantine Bay in the shade under the cyprus trees after the afternoon’s work was done we watched the fleet come in with the sun on their sails: it was brilliant.

The view for Seastar: Randall’s Bay to Simpson’s Point

posted Feb 8, 2017, 1:44 AM by Posts Editor   [ updated Feb 8, 2017, 1:44 AM ]

Seastar had been tucked away in Egg and Bacon Bay for the night, a millpond in south westerly weather, very close to Randall’s, most importantly within walking distance for dinner. In the morning we motored around for breakfast in 20 minutes. Got away before the rest of the fleet, giving us a brief feeling of superiority before we were passed by the Bay Raiders and the Core Sounds. It was a day of fair winds blowing us along at about five knots, despite leaving two reefs in. We passed Huon Island and then Arch Rock, covered in nesting gulls and resting cormorants, turned the corner at Gordon into the D’entrecasteaux Channel proper and headed directly for Simpson’s Point. We coasted down the far side of the point to our destination, a tiny, sheltered, tree lined cove. It was at the foot of spectacular paddocks of long yellow grass with a lone wallaby bounding off through it. Little mushroom tents were being set up along the ridge lines, or wherever a piece of level ground could be found. The marquees were erected and all of a sudden there was a tent village. The red wine supplies had been replenished, so we could all relax. The sun was out and views were wonderful, as was the meal served up to the multitudes that evening.

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