tn19 news

tn19 filling up quickly

posted Aug 1, 2018, 9:34 PM by Martin Riddle

The response to our call for Expressions of Interest has been excellent including EOIs for 15 private vessels (the ‘Privateers’) promising an interesting and diverse fleet. If everyone confirms, more than half the available places are already filled. Several regulars (you know who you are) have told me you intend joining tn19 but haven’t yet lodged an EOI. Today I sent out an email to everyone who has submitted an EOI – if you didn’t get an email from me you have not submitted an EOI and are not on the priority list. Please don’t leave it too late – we use the EOIs to keep track of numbers and have a strict limit so we don’t overload the lovely sites we visit or overwork the chef. If you lodge your EOI now you will be on our priority list and guaranteed a place so long as you meet our safety requirements and pay by the due date (to be advised).
As a priority the tn19 Safety Committee is now assessing the EOIs of the Privateers - people bringing their own boats - so that they can make arrangements including booking on the Spirit of Tasmania and registering for the AWBF if applicable.  If you haven’t done so already, get your EOI in now at:      

Planning to bring a boat on tn19 and display at AWBF?

posted Jun 23, 2018, 8:35 PM by Martin Riddle

The 10-day tawe nunnugah Raid is a great way to arrive at the 2019 Australian Wooden Boat Festival in Hobart but it takes a bit of planning, particularly if you need to book your boat on the ferry across Bass Strait. If you want to do the Raid and then display your boat at the AWBF you should complete a tn19 Expression of Interest ( early. This will allow our Safety Committee to assess whether your boat is suitable for the Raid and we can then give you some certainty to help with your planning. The Raid is open to suitably seaworthy small boats whether or not they are made of wood, but of course to display at the Wooden Boat Festival you must register with the AWBF and meet their standards. To register for the AWBF go to:    AWBF provides a special area on the water for displaying the tn19 Raid small boat fleet. Alternatively some people choose to display ashore and larger boats will be assigned berths by AWBF. 

Expression of Interest for tn19 now open

posted Jun 13, 2018, 10:12 PM by Martin Riddle   [ updated Jun 14, 2018, 4:43 PM ]

Planning for the Living Boat Trust’s next big adventures in small-boats, the 10-day tawe nunnugah Raid and the 4-day Return Raid is well underway. The Expression of Interest (EOI) form is now open at:   Everyone who is thinking about doing the Raids should complete the EOI – whether you plan to bring your own boat, crew on someone else’s boat or row or sail on one of the LBT’s fleet of small boats. The information you provide in the EOI is necessary for our planning and will help make sure we have enough support facilities and the right mix of boats available. Numbers on the Raids are limited so that we don't overload the lovely camp sites. Completing the EOI form does not mean you have booked and reserved a place - but you will be on our priority list and given the first opportunity to book using the on-line payment facility currently being developed.

tn19 Volunteer Register launched

posted May 4, 2018, 7:30 PM by Martin Riddle   [ updated May 5, 2018, 1:01 AM ]

If you wish to help with the tawe nunnugah expedition or Return Raid in January/February 2019, please register as a volunteer at  

We need the following:

·         Volunteers to help with land-based activities and camp support

·         Experienced skippers able to take responsibility for LBT owned and managed vessels

·         Offers of equipment and vehicles including 4WD utes, trailers, generators, marquees etc

·         Safety boats and safety boat operators

·         Anything else you can offer that we haven’t thought of yet

If you can help in any way please follow the link to a simple questionnaire that will record who you are and what you can offer. Some people have already informally indicated their willingness to assist – even if we’ve had the conversation please complete the questionnaire so I can be confident I have not missed anyone.

Many people have volunteered their support for several past Raids and do so because they love being part of it but don’t necessarily want to be on the water. We are hugely grateful to them and couldn’t run the expeditions without them.

However, if our gratitude isn’t reward enough, some roles include further incentives, for example, land-based volunteers can spend one day as a participant on the water at half the normal cost in return for each day spent volunteering on land. This means they can be involved with the entire Raid for a quarter of the full cost.

Register as volunteer at  
Pic: Phil Meaney 

tn19 web-site and Calendar of Events released

posted Apr 3, 2018, 1:26 AM by Martin Riddle   [ updated Apr 3, 2018, 3:30 PM by Posts Editor ]

Preparations for tawe nunnugah 2019 are gearing up - follow the progress on our web-site at  Activities begin with a Welcome Dinner in Franklin on 29 January, followed by the 10-day fully catered small boat expedition from Recherche Bay arriving in Hobart in time for the Australian Wooden Boat Festival, then the 4-day Return Raid (raid lite) from Hobart back to Franklin and finally a weekend regatta of sailing and rowing competitions. Put the dates in your diary now. The full Calendar of Events around tawe nunnugah 2019 is available at
Pic Endra O'May

tawe nunnugah 2019 (tn19) mailing list is now open - the countdown has begun.

posted Apr 2, 2018, 12:54 AM by Martin Riddle   [ updated Apr 2, 2018, 12:54 AM ]

If you are interested in the 2019 tawe nunnugah Raid or any of the related activities, either as a participant or as a helper, sign on to the tn19 mailing list ( on to the mailing list doesn’t confirm you a spot but it does mean you will receive up-dates as soon as we send them out. Even if you have already told us you are interested in tn19 (we may have forgotten) the only way to be certain that you will get the up-dates is to join the mailing list. This year we have done away with the old Expression of Interest form and are replacing it with a booking form that will allow you to confirm your place - it will be announced via the mailing list.  

Pic from Endra O'May

Hold on, I'm coming!

posted Mar 21, 2018, 3:33 PM by Richard Forster   [ updated Mar 22, 2018, 2:47 PM ]

Website under construction 

To get a taste of what Tawe Nunnugah is all about see .  If you just want to groove along try Sam and Dav.

YouTube Video

 Pic from Phil Meaney

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