15, 16, 17 November 2013 will be our 8th Narooma Boats Afloat Festival. Set it aside!
2012 - huge success! 50 registered boats and quite a few unregistered
Thank you to all involved - especially the
people and boats who travelled from as far as Beaumaris in Vic
to Lake Macquarie in the north and Glenbrook and Canberra in the
A few light showers during the weekend,
and then 10 minutes after the finish... the heavens opened and
the wind howled - a torrential downpour wrapped it all up!
Pics still coming in. - but check the
slides from Narooma Newspaper HERE
QUICK SUMMARY OF 2012:
Friday night was slightly overcast as everyone gathered in Jim's
shed for the welcome bbq, but the clouds didn't stop everyone
having a great time re-establishing conacts and making new ones.
was slightly grey but off we all went to Paradise Point - perhaps
140 people and over 50 boats of all shapes and sizes. A great morning
tea and then a cruise back to Forsters Bay. The sun came out for
live Jazz on the water, a stickybeak at the boats and more good
comradeship, with hundreds of the public visiting the marina.
Saturday night's Festival Dinner was
a huge booked-out success, with 104 takers, we had to split the
night and have 30 or so people in Tim's shed nextdoor to the Fishing
Club. All joined together for Brian Craven in full flight as
auctioneer for a great mix of locally-made wooden items such as
boat hooks, tillers, grab rails , trays, cutting boards, wine racks
with glasses. Many donated items were also auctioned such as an
inscribed glass, wine and cheese, pennant poles, an art-deco pot
and much more... all helping to defray costs - particularly insurance.
morning's Grand Parade with over 50 boats was a highlight...
Down at the boardwalk hundreds - perhaps well over a 1000 - people
lined the walk and the surrounding shoreline.
Followed by our traditional
bbq on the wharf, raffle draw, "Best
Boat" announced but the usual diehard cruise didn't eventuate
due to the massive downpour.
Stan Gorton from the local Narooma News shot
this video of the Grand Parade... it will give you an idea of the
sincerely thank our 2012 sponsors...
Narooma Marina for use of their marina.
Jim Richards for use of his boatshed
Tim Short for use of Taylor’s Slipway shed and wharf
John Sharpe for use of his wharf
Narooma IGA for donation of wine
NPWS Narooma for printer usage.
Laurelle Pacey – Pacey Media for use of map and donation of History
Brett Thompson Photography for discount on framed photo.
Heather and Jeremy Ferguson for Paradise Point morning teas.
Jim Taylor and Charlie Bettini for judging
Eurobodalla Tourism – donation and support.
Narooma Fishing Club for the dinner.
Narooma Lions for the BBQ on Sunday.
Narooma Meats for discounted bbq meats.
Narooma Fruit and Veg for the fruit tray for the raffle.
Tilba Sweet Spot for lolly vouchers for the raffle.
Kingfisher Marine for donation of raffle prize.
Second Time Round
jazz band for Saturday music.
Special Thanks to:
Garry Ebbeling and Michael Keith. Libby Burbidge and helpers, for
their excellent Saturday night Festival meal.
Especially all those who made items for the auction
or raffle and all our and those who bought items and tickets, and
all our helpers on the weekend.
Pics and videos still to come in. Meantime
check out the picture and movie galleries to see the festival
2012 PRIZE WINNERS:
"Alwood" - Boyd Myers from Davistown
Brett Thompson photo - Ian Bassingthwaite from Canberra.
Wine - Helena Bettini from Narooma.
Fruit tray and Lolly Vouchers: Pam and Martin Hall from Brightwaters.
Kingfisher Marine lifejacket and package: Heather Ferguson from