Iain's Unexpected Antipodean Triumph!
Australian Wooden Boat Festival, Hobart
4 days, Biannual, February 2011.
We had convinced Iain Oughtred to make just one more trip to Australia. Ian Phillips from BoatCraft Pacific offered to cover Iain’s Hobart
accommodation, while Rob McGuire and his Board of the Australian Wooden Boat Festival
looked after Iain’s travel from and back to his
home on the Isle of Skye in Scotland.
What if no one was interested, and no one came for the forums we had programmed each day with Iain
'What if', indeed.
I need not have worried. The forum pavilion was packed 30 minutes before Iain was to appear. Lots of questions. No one nodding off to sleep. A fabulous crowd! There were literally hundreds of people. When I
asked how many had built one of Iain’s boats, I
thought we might get 20 or so. When nearly three
quarters of the pavilion put their hands up, Iain
leaned across and observed,
‘... Ooh. I think you might have asked the
Standing ovation. Queues lined up for Iain to sign their books, catalogues and copies of the current Afloat magazine which had within it a serendipitous and very good Bruce Stannard article on Iain’s life and work.
Queues awaited. And the film crew. A movie is being made on Iain’s life and work and the crew has been travelling between Europe, Scotland and Australia gathering material. And the film crew. A movie is being made on Iain’s life and work and the crew has been travelling between Europe, Scotland and Australia gathering material. There were rich pickings in Hobart!
The Princes Pier trade pavilion was jam packed the whole time.
In our area we had the BoatCraft Pacific Crew, and all the Bote Cote and Davey Bronze product range, with Mal Gahan’s great looking fire engine red, part built kit NIS 23 providing a stunning backdrop, along with a massive step by step photo board. Mal borrowed my trailer and towed his boat all the way down to Hobart from Binalong
Bay, right up in the north-east corner of the state.