tn19 news

More Raid places on St Ayles skiffs available

posted Oct 14, 2018, 9:29 PM by Martin Riddle   [ updated Oct 14, 2018, 9:30 PM ]

Robert Ayliffe from StrayDog BoatWorks has long been a friend and supporter of the Living Boat Trust and has come to our aid once again by offering to bring extra St Ayles skiffs with him from the mainland. As a consequence we can now offer extra places on both the 10-day tn19 Raid and the Return Raid for people wanting to row all the way on a skiff. If you have already entered an Expression of Interest you should have received the link to the booking site where you can confirm your
place. If you haven't yet entered an EOI do so and we will send you the link. 

tn19 and Return Raid still available but filling quickly

posted Oct 14, 2018, 9:16 PM by Martin Riddle   [ updated Oct 14, 2018, 9:16 PM ]

Spots on both the 10-day tn19 Raid and the 4-day Return Raid are limited and filling quickly. Places are limited to the number we can feed and accommodate on the camp sites. Signing on to our mailing list tells us you are interested in receiving up-dates on the Raid; submitting an EOI tells us you are serious about joining the Raid BUT the only way to absolutely confirm your place is to book at the booking site and  pay the invoice when you receive it. If you haven't received the link to the booking site please let me know. If you are taking your own boat on the Raid don't forget your crew need to book too. You can pay for them if you like or they can do it themselves either by submitting an EOI telling us they will be on your boat or you can give them the link to the booking site. If you have any questions please contact me directly on:

Privateers - don't forget to register for AWBF

posted Oct 14, 2018, 8:42 PM by Martin Riddle   [ updated Oct 14, 2018, 8:43 PM ]

If you are bringing your own wooden boat on the Raid and want the convenience of leaving it at the Australian Wooden Boat Festival for the weekend 8-11 February you must register with the AWBF ( Please use the large text boat at the end of the AWBF on-line form to tell them that you will be part of the Living Boat Trust's tn19 tawe nunnugah Raid.

Places for Privateers on tn19 and Return Raid still available

posted Sep 16, 2018, 4:08 PM by Martin Riddle   [ updated Sep 17, 2018, 5:29 AM ]

There are still plenty of places for people wanting to bring their own small boat for both the 10-day tn19 Raid and the 4-day Return Raid. Many of the raid boats are wooden but its not a requirement  for doing the Raid - we accept all sorts in the fleet - and most boats have an auxiliary motor of some kind so don't think you have to sail all the way. Numbers are limited so if you want to enjoy the best small boat expedition in the southern hemisphere (by far) don't delay too long. Enter an Expression of Interest which will include you telling us a little about your boat and your boating experience. The EOI goes to the tn19 Safety Committee for assessment and if they're comfortable, we will send you a link to the booking site.

tn19 places on St Ayles skiffs and whaleboats

posted Sep 14, 2018, 8:26 PM by Martin Riddle

We are in the slightly awkward situation that the EOIs to participate in tn19 on a St Ayles skiff or a whaleboat currently exceeds our capacity. On the one hand this is great because it means so many people are keen to join the Raid, but we can’t offer more places on our booking site for skiffs and whaleboats than we have available. If you have submitted an EOI you should have received an email with a link to the booking site - that is where you confirm your place. At the moment there are still a few spots available on the booking site but not enough for everyone who has submitted an EOI. If you have already booked, don't worry, your place is secure, but if you haven’t booked your spot yet, get in quick. Once these are gone we will still accept bookings to participate in tn19 on an LBT-managed boat on the condition that you are flexible about the type of boat you participate on. We’re working very hard to secure extra skiffs and another whaleboat to participate in the Raid and are reasonably confident that we will be successful – and if so, we will offer places on these boats to people who have booked the flexible option before we offer them more widely.

Beat the rush for tn19

posted Sep 4, 2018, 11:33 PM by Martin Riddle   [ updated Sep 4, 2018, 11:38 PM ]

Publicity for the 2019 tawe nunnugah small boat expedition tn19 has just ramped up significantly with a story on the front page of the Australian Wooden Boat Festival Newsletter ( This means that many more people are going to read about our Raid – so if you are planning to join us and haven’t yet done so, get your Expression Interest in now. If you have already submitted an EOI, you should have received a link to the on-line booking form – this is your chance to confirm your spot. Soon we will make the link to the booking system publicly visible and places will be allocated on a first-come basis until we are full. Beat the rush, follow the link to the Expression of Interest at:

tn19 Accompanying yachts

posted Aug 24, 2018, 5:35 PM by Martin Riddle   [ updated Aug 24, 2018, 5:39 PM ]

We get many enquiries from people wanting to participate in the tawe nunnugah Raid on larger yachts. The Raid is principally a small open boat expedition although we always have some larger accompanying boats. These yachts are part of our safety system agreeing to stand-by to provide assistance and, when called on, tow boats of the Raid fleet. We have so many yachts wanting to join us that we have to manage their numbers to ensure the Raid retains it’s essential character as a small boat expedition. It’s important to the spirit of the Raid that everyone feels they are part of the overall event and a big part of this is everyone coming together for the meals in the evening – not just shadowing the fleet on a yacht and eating on-board. But this raises another factor – the numbers on the Raid are limited by the number we can feed and support at the camps. If we feed the yacht people we reduce the number that can participate on the small Raid boats. For this reason, people on accompanying yachts are asked to pay the standard participation fee. We do make some exceptions, for example, the doctor taking on the responsibility as Fleet Medical Officer, is offered a fee reduction. In summary, some accompanying yachts are welcome and needed. They form an essential part of our safety system but we ask that they pay the normal participation fee unless they are taking on a significant extra level of responsibility.  Please contact the tn19 Coordinator before booking as an Accompanying yacht.

tn19 – Due Dates for payment

posted Aug 24, 2018, 3:47 PM by Martin Riddle   [ updated Aug 24, 2018, 3:51 PM ]

The tn19 booking system has a Due Date for payment of 14 days from the time of booking. The reason for setting a Due Date is so that if we get to full capacity, people who hold a booking but have no real intention of confirming with payment do not exclude others from the Raid.  While we encourage prompt payment, we can be flexible if the Due Date is a concern. If you need longer to organise payment please contact us and we’ll make a note to hold your booking. Emails to:

tn19 On-line booking system now open

posted Aug 24, 2018, 3:32 PM by Martin Riddle   [ updated Aug 24, 2018, 3:50 PM ]

The on-line booking system for the 2019 tawe nunnugah Raid is now open. If you have submitted your EOI you should have received an email from me with the link to the booking system. This gives you the opportunity to get in early and book your place before we make it more publicly available. Let me know if you have submitted an EOI but didn’t get an email from me – although we’re trying to automate the system as much as possible I’m still the fallible link in places. The emails were slightly different for different categories of EOI (skiffs, Privateers, whaleboats etc) – if I sent the wrong one to you, don’t worry, contact me and we’ll sort it.  If you haven’t yet submitted your EOI, get it in now and after assessing it we will send you the link to the booking system.  Contact me at:

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:      

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