The 2016 Boatfest was held over a beautiful Canberra autumn weekend from 22 to 24 April. Here are some photos, which largely speak for themselves. 24 boats, comprising elegant traditional launches, putt-putt launches, steam-boats, electric boats and traditionally rigged sailing boats came from as far away as Portland (VIC).

Canberra's local ABC TV news included a short segment on the Boatfest. Click or right-click a link to view or download the file in AVI format (37Mb), MP4 format (26Mb) or MOV format (20Mb). Also viewable via YouTube.

Boats congregated around the wharf at the Canberra Yacht Club...

 
Flisan (left) and Skerry waking up after being snugged down for the night...

 
Gaff yawls Skerry, Lizzie 3 and Morna...

 
Skerry's tiller has to cope with the mizzen mast...

 
Flisan's elegant tiller...

 

 
Enterprise, an ex-Murray River paddle steamer...

 
Eun maras on Lake Burley Griffin
 
The Boatfest was an especially special event for three boat-builders who had maintained a close Internet correspondence during their builds. The boats were the gaff yawls Skerry, Lizzie 3 and Morna, all built to the same "Eun mara" design (designer Ian Oughtred, Scotland). They were together for the first time for the Boatfest.

Lizzie 3 from Sydney...

 
Morna from Portland (VIC) catches a gust...

 
Skerry from Canberra...

(Despite the light winds, Skerry has a reef taken in. This enabled her to clear Commonwealth Avenue Bridge without lowering the gaff.)

 
Lizzie 3 follows Skerry to the mooring at Commonwealth Place...

 
Morna, Skerry and Lizzie 3 at Commonwealth Place...

 
The three boats sailing together...