Sail the Maritime Trail

THE Australian Wooden Boat Festival’s Maritime Trail is back, to celebrate the craftsmen and women of the wooden boat industry once again.

Featuring a program of boatyard tours, workshops and other activities, the Maritime Trail 2022 will be held on April 9-10 and invite visitors into the old Mariner’s Cottages in Battery Point, plus a number of boatyards and workshops in the Huon’.

Marketing manager Bella Laughton-Clark said the Trail showcases what the organisers and operators of the Australian Wooden Boat Festival experience every day in the maritime industry.

“The general public is invited behind-the-scenes to experience tours of secluded boatyards hidden behind apple orchards, and sail historic ships that once were the lifeblood of transport in Tasmania,” Ms Laughton-Clark said.

“The AWBF is excited to add short workshops and courses to the program, hosted by various boatyard operators and skilled craftspeople, at the boatyards.

“Workshops give an opportunity to spend a day with the shipwright and walk away with a totally unique Tasmanian handmade product.

“Workshop items will include wooden toolboxes, wooden mallets and rope mats.

“A nautical photography course hosted by a world-renowned sailor and a maritime writing course are also expected to be popular activities in the program.”

The inaugural Maritime Trail event was held last year and Destination Southern Tasmania CEO Alex Heroys said it was a huge success, with almost 50 per cent of ticket holders travelling from interstate and all tours and sails sold out.

“The Maritime Trail enables visitors and locals to have unique, first-hand experiences delivered by experts in the craft, while getting their teeth into a practical, hands-on activity which produces something they can treasure forever,” he said.

Bookings: www.awbf.org.au

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