It didn’t seam long ago that I set off on my first voyage with One & All to the Tunarama Festival in 2014. In the twelve months from that event I have had the opportunity to help coordinate the 2015 Voyage, and what a journey this has been, both on & off the water.
The Tunarama Festival group invited us again to be the feature ship for this classic country community event that has been running continuously for 54 years. It brings 30,000 people from Port Lincoln & the surrounding areas of the Eyre Peninsular. We were welcomed with open arms & much enjoyment by the locals in 2014 it was had to say no, but to honour the invitation and make STV One & All accessible to the people on the Eyre Peninsular.
So we have a date….now its the leg work to put the ship into motion to get her there not only physically but financially. It’s like knitting, brining together who and what you can draw on to make this a reality. I have been in the fortunate position to build some great contacts in the last 12 months and so this tested my marketing skills.
With the aid of social media, and a free stand at the Adelaide Boat Show secured the first lot of paid passengers. Next challenge was to have pre sold tickets to our sailing events in Port Lincoln. This was partly solved by contacting 1st Port Lincoln Scouts. They put the call out to all the Scouts on the Eyre Peninsular and the response was over whelming, with one group of Scouts travelling down from Whyalla especially! So that meant the first day in Port Lincoln was fully booked out with two sailing events. More social media, more contacts in Port Lincoln, and we pre sold most of our twilight sail for the Fireworks Spectacular on the Saturday night of the festival. It was a good feeling knowing we had pre sold 50% of sailing events before we had left Adelaide.
Next step……we were able to secure a community grant from the City of Port Lincoln council, sponsorship from Mogas Regional, and support from Credit Union of South Australia. Adelaide Brighton Cement provided youth development sponsorship for two trainee crew members that recently completed the Maritime Industry Pathway program. This was a great integration of a large local business in Port Adelaide looking to support youth in a local education provider like AMFA/ Le Fever High School with a local vessel like ours to give these trainees the sea time they needed to support their recent twelve months study. Congratulations to Hugo Muecke & Jacob Baker, both trainees blended into the crew, were eager to help out and tackled all sailing aspects. Their sponsorship by Adelaide Brighton Cement also included 12 months membership with One & All, so welcome aboard Hugo & Jacob.
After all the months of talking, phone calls, emails, meetings, chasing, asking questions, double checking…the final email arrived “Approval” – YES we are going! Woooo Hoooo let’s go sailing!
With much excitement, we welcomed aboard the passengers and set off to the Tuna capital – Port Lincoln here we come! The journey over had some great swells in which we nursed a few passengers feeling green! But to their credit most were eager to join in the climbing, setting sails, learning about navigating and helming at the wheel. During the day we were delighted by the dolphins putting on a show of flips and dives under the bow, taking in the sights of Althorpes & Wedge Islands and dodging Dangerous Reef. At night we were entertained by Ramsey’s board games and stories swapped by the passengers.
On our first day in Port Lincoln, we were greeted by some very excited Scouts, and parents too! They all could not believe they were going sailing on STV One & All. With plenty wind, the sailing events went off with a hit. Big praise goes to both Emma & Tamra from Scouts for rounding up their troops of about 80 passengers!
There was no to rest in Port Lincoln, days were filled with Open Days, the Twilight Sail & Fireworks Spectacular, more Day Sails, and then followed up with our two teams in the Build A Boat Competition.
Once again Stan & Stefan, used their boat building skills to redeem themselves from last years event. Mmmm…let’s say there is always next year to do it again! I think more sinking & swimming than sailing was the result. Our second team made up of Huge & Wags managed to come in second, with Wags sporting a great hairstyle with white Sikaflex glue.
We welcomed the Moving Music team on board to provide a lighting show on the ship for the night of the festival’s Fireworks Spectacular. With a full ship and a bit of wet weather they managed to do a great effort to show the ship off in coloured glory. Also gracing the decks of the ship were the Disney girls. They featured at one of our Open Days with great delight to the passengers and crew.
The Tunarama Festival had been so much fun with heaps of activities, that it was a bit hard to believe we were coming to the end of our stay in Port Lincoln. With a new sail plan home via Kangaroo Island, we welcomed new passengers on board for the voyage home.
Again we were blessed with great winds & rolling seas to give us lovely sail to Emu Bay, Kangaroo Island. With perfect weather, the crew & passengers we able to spend some time ashore on the white sands of Emu Bay, absolute bliss. After dinner we sailed off the anchor, a challenge set by Ben, the Captain, with the mission to sail all the way home under wind and with the huge main sail up.
We sailed 18 hours straight in blissful glory of all sails up into Adelaide. Even though we arrived early, once again the challenge was set for tacking and sail handling to use up every minute we had at sea before going into the Port River. This was a great note to end a wonderful voyage.
For a voyage to happen it requires not just one person, but the input of many people, so I would like to thank everyone for their time and efforts. For me a its was a great event to be involved in and to see what group effort can achieve. The “icing on the cake” is now that we have people already interested for sailing Tunarama Festival 2016.
The ship One & All – you’re a legend! Looking forward in building the next chapter in her adventures.