The largest gathering of wooden boats in the southern hemisphere is set to take place at the Australian Wooden Boat Festival 10 – 13 February 2023. The opening event, the Parade of Sail is a highlight in the nautical calendar.

With over 300 afloat vessels registered to attend the biennial event, the Parade of Sail takes place on the River Derwent starting at the John Garrow Light, Sandy Bay from 12noon Friday 10 February.

Spectators can expect to see an incredible display of 11 Tall Ships, including James Craig, Soren Larsen, One & All, Young Endeavour, Duyfken, Enterprize, Windeward Bound, Lady Nelson, Rhona H, Julie Burgess and Kerrawyn, with the fleet being led by the MYCT’s Launch Egeria.

Vessels will sail and cruise up the shores of the River Derwent, past Sandy Bay and Battery Point into Sullivan’s Cove to mark the start of a fabulous line up of events and activities, free to the public. The four day event is set to attract over 120,000 people, with 53% of attendees in 2019 from interstate and overseas.

Australian Wooden Boat Festival General Manager Paul Stephanus said the Parade of Sail is one of the maritime world’s most anticipated sails, and can be viewed from any waterfront area from Sandy Bay right along to Sullivan’s Cove.

Spectator vessels are reminded to steer clear of the fleet during the Parade of Sail.

For more information please visit the AWBF website –