Oh buoy! Narooma's Boats Afloat Festival is on soon

Boaters have been polishing and perfecting their pride and joy to set sail in the Wagonga Inlet on November 15-17.

The hardworking volunteers of the Narooma Boats Afloat committee Stewie Long treasurer, Rick Leeds secretary, Susanna Duveen GM and Graham Peachey president. Photo: Jeanne Medlicott

The hardworking volunteers of the Narooma Boats Afloat committee Stewie Long treasurer, Rick Leeds secretary, Susanna Duveen GM and Graham Peachey president. Photo: Jeanne Medlicott

From clinkers and putt-putts to cruisers and yachts, the festival is a celebration of all traditional boats.

Committee member Graham Peachey is expecting to see about 40 boats from along the coast and Canberra attend.

"They are extraordinary works of art that have been worked on for many years," he said.

Mr Peachey said Friday's welcome barbecue should feed 100 people before the weekend's activities begin.

Boat's Afloat general manager Susanna Duveen with the Narooma Boats Afloat Malcolm McKay perpetual trophy that she designed for the best boat at this years 14th annual Narooma Boats Afloat. Photo Jeanne Medlicott

Boat's Afloat general manager Susanna Duveen with the Narooma Boats Afloat Malcolm McKay perpetual trophy that she designed for the best boat at this years 14th annual Narooma Boats Afloat. Photo Jeanne Medlicott

"There's going to be such a variety of boats, it will be a lot of fun," he said.

Saturday is all about having a "sticky beak".

In the morning, more than 40 boats will cruise around the inlet before the afternoon sailing event.

"The sailing event is a great one for people to come and watch," Mr Peachey said.

"There will also be jazz at the marina by the Inlet, which is a great opportunity for the public to come and have a sticky beak and meet the boaters."

The evening gala at the Inlet Restaurant proved to be very popular. With 80 people attending, the night is sold out.

Sunday is the main day to celebrate all traditional boats in the grand parade.

"There will be a lot of whistle blowing and waving as the boats make their way under the Narooma Bridge at about 10-10.30am," Mr Peachey said.

"It's the biggest event for the public.

"The best spot to view is on the bridge or the boardwalk."

To finish the weekend, a committee of experts will decide who deserves the Best Boat Award.

The Malcolm McKay Trophy. Picture: Facebook.

The Malcolm McKay Trophy. Picture: Facebook.

"The Malcolm McKay Trophy is for the best boat," Mr Peachey said.

"We introduced this perpetual trophy last year remembering one of our best, a good friend, well known throughout the boating community and sadly missed by us all."

"It's a hotly contested competition and very proudly won."

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