Australian Wooden Boat Festival - Tall Ship Talks

The largest gathering of Tall Ships in Australia in 2017 will take place at the Australian Wooden Boat Festival in Hobart in February. Visit eight vessels at Hobart's historic waterfront over the four day festival, step aboard for harbour and fireworks sails, or join the crew for longer voyages to and from the event. There are times and prices to suit just about every enthusiast’s calendar and budget!

AUSTA will also host the 2016 Annual General Meeting, Tall Ship Operators Conference, and a public program of workshops, seminars and events. 

Tall Ship Talks
Sunday 12th February 2017
Sovereign Room, Hobart Conference & Function Centre
1 Elizabeth St, Hobart 

Visit the AUSTA stall during the Festival for more information, enter competitions or buy a 'Tall Ship Passport'.

The full festival program is also available at the AWBF website.

Sail Training International 2016 Awards
At the Halmstad International Sail Training and Tall Ships Conference 2016, the annual awards for significant sail training achievement were presented to a diverse and international group of people, vessels and ports – who have all made the sail training world a better place.
Congratulations to all recipients, especially our own Rachel Norrie and Tony Cummings!
Sail Trainer of the Year (Volunteer under 25)
Rachel Norrie (Australia)
Awarded to a sail training volunteer under 26 to encourage high-performing individuals who deliver sail training to young people.

Rachel joined Leeuwin II as a volunteer two years ago, training and earning her first rating as Bosun’s Mate and puting her studies on hold to pursue a career in the maritime industry. A multi-skilled, dedicated and well-liked volunteer, Rachel received a scholarship from the Western Australian Department for Training and Workforce Development as part of a programme to support women in non-traditional industries, and in 2016 was chosen to join the Woodside Leeuwin Marine Career Pathway Programme, enabling her to complete her Masters and her MED2 qualifications.
Sail Trainer of the Year (Volunteer over 25)
Tony Cummings (New Zealand)

Awarded to a sail training volunteer to encourage high-performing individuals who deliver sail training to young people.
Tony is a volunteer watch assistant, relief mate and port contact with Spirit of New Zealand. He joined her in the early 1990s for a weekend, and his enthusiasm has never flagged. Whenever the Trust’s two ships were in his home of Dunedin, Tony was there, often with his wife, providing meals, assisting departing and incoming trainees, arranging transport, helping with publicity, maintenance, and joining the crew for day sails. His voyage record is unequalled by any volunteer in the Spirit of Adventure Trust’s 43-year history.

The Australian Sail Training Association is pleased to confirm the following details for the 2016 Annual General Meeting.

Please note this meeting will be both the Annual General Meeting for the year ending 31 June 2016 and a Special General Meeting to consider a revised constitution to incorporate changes which the Department of Fair Trading has made to the model rules for Incorporated Associations in NSW. Members will also be invited to vote on a change to the organisational name, to Tall Ships Australia and New Zealand.

Date:    Friday, 10 February 2017
Time:    5:00pm - 6:00pm
Venue:  Seafood Training Tasmania,
            2a Gladstone Street Hobart, Tasmania

Nominations are being sought for the following Committee positions:

o   President
o   Vice President
o   Secretary
o   Treasurer
o   Youth Representative
o   General Committee

AUSTA Operators are also invited to submit nominations for the AUSTA Billy Can Trophy and AUSTA Medallions. Nomination forms have been forwarded via email.  

All nominations must be received by the Secretary by Sunday 5 February 2017. 

Enquiries can be sent to .

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