Thursday Snippets, 27 August

Hi ASC members and Snippets followers  Week 4 of the 6 weeks Stage 4 lockdown restrictions in Melbourne. On saturday there will be another ASC Drinks and Chat 4 to 5pm at Doug’s Virtual Bar on
Also an online an ASC Virtual Sailing Session at 2.30. To participate send an email to Steve via

News in this week that  the 2021 Australian Wooden Boat Festival scheduled for Hobart in February will not be proceeding due to the COVID19 situation.  The next festival is now being planned for February 2023. This is Hobart’s best summer festival, Tasmania’s largest free event, and one of the world’s premier wooden boat festivals. A number of us have attended this biennial festival in the past, in a number of cases sailing on Melbourne’s tall ship Enterprize.  The organisers explored a whole range of options for a 2021 festival ranging from an event heavy with fencing, security, and strict crowd controls to the possibility of moving the whole Festival online. In the end it was decided that it was too big a risk in the middle of a global pandemic from health logistical and financial perspectives. They have committed to ensure that the festival flourishes again in 2023.

It is now 18 years since the publication in 2002 of “Sandy” A. J. Mackinnon’s book ‘The Unlikely Voyage of Jack de Crow A.J. Sandy’s book provides a charming and  eccentric account of his year long adventure sailing a Mirror dinghy on a 5000 kilometre nautical odyssey from North Wales to the Black Sea. Sails magazine recently caught up with Sandy at home in Victoria to discuss his reflections on his amazing journey

ABC Conversations also earlier this year re-broadcast Richard Fiedler’s interview in 2014 with Sandy McKinnon on his Jack de Crowe Adventure.  
Many of us have enjoyed the book and can recommend purchasing a copy or loaning  through a public library when they re-open.   

Rod Thomas
for ASC committee

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