Saturday, December 3, 2022



South Australian Wooden Boat Festival, Alexandrina Cove, April 2023

The South Australian Wooden Boat Festival (SAWBF) will be sailing into new territory for the April 2023 Festival, with Coorong Quays hosting the two-day event at the Alexandrina Cove Lifestyle Village, Hindmarsh Island. This biennial occasion will showcase the finest wooden boats from our region and beyond.

There’s nothing half as much fun…

Patricia Gill. Denmark's first St Ayles Skiff headed through the channel at the Rivermouth on Saturday marking the end of the 10-month community project to build the boat. Organiser David Cliff reflected on the project, quoting Ratty telling Mole in Kenneth Grahame’s classic children’s novel, Wind in the Willows: “Believe me my young friend there is nothing, absolutely nothing, half so much fun as simply messing about in boats”.

Cairn Curran Sailing Club

Helen Whiteman. After sailing was cancelled the previous weekend for safety reasons, last weekend the weather proved to be excellent for the running of the annual ‘Up the Weir - Jack Ginnivan Trophy’ race in honour of  Jack Ginnivan, who was one of the founding members of the Club. 

Great weather, but…

…where was the wind when you need it most? The sailing season got off to a good start out at Cairn Curran last weekend, with sunny weather and a lake brimming with water. As one Cairn Curran Yacht Club member commented, “A beautiful day for everything except sailing.

New exhibition explores Australians love of boats

Australia’s history is populated with maritime related stories. With over 1,000 rivers and a coast that stretches for more than 36,000 kilometres, it is no surprise that Australia abounds with stories of people who have lived and worked on the water. This exhibition presents some of those stories, exploring the remarkable connections between people and their boats.

19th Classic Yacht Race BBQ fundraising for Lord Howe Island Central School

For 19 years, the Lord Howe Island Classic race has just been growing stronger and stronger. It has a long and interesting history. The snag, of course (forgive the pun), is getting there. Australia’s best barbie is held on Lord Howe Island, 420 nautical miles from Sydney. To work up a hunger, most guests like to spend at least three days heading as close as possible to 060 degrees while making the best of the challenging breezes and currents.

Geoff “Boots” Towner AFSM (Australian Fire Service Medal)

I first came to Lord Howe Island via Middleton Reef on board my friends prawn trawler “Sea Dreamer” in 1975. Unfortunately, the “Sea Dreamer” was wrecked on the Clarence River Bar with loss of life of my friend in 1979. Yamba was the home port for “Sea Dreamer”.

Sea breeze a treat for Big River sailors

Wayne Culph. In what could only be described as near perfect conditions, sailors at the Big River Sailing Club enjoyed a memorable day on the water last Saturday. A moderate sea breeze, a run out tide, the absence of storms, and some closely fought racing were all the ingredients that kept the smiles on the 20 skippers that contested the two races of the Handicap Series.

Sailing resumes at Big River Sailing Club

Wayne Culph. A warm Spring-day and a fresh sea breeze were the perfect backdrop for the first races of the new season at the Big River Sailing Club. Keen to take advantage of the recent easing of restrictions, a fleet of 22 boats assembled to contest Heats 1 and 2 of the Handicap Series.

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