It was a cold stormy and possibly gloomy night when 20 or so brave adventurers rugged up in multiple weatherproof coverings and travelled to the great white concrete city named Docklands and clamoured aboard the replica of John Pascoe Fawkner's Schooner Enterprize - the ship that sailed from Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania) in 1835 with the first permanent white settlers that started what has become the City of Melbourne.

Wouldn’t they be surprised now!

We were most expertly chaperoned over the next few hours before dusk by the Skipper Kevin and his mates Tony and Bill and especially by CEO Michael Womack who instructed us most admirably in the subtle differences between a futtock and a buttock and also a pitzer and a pizzer. Luckily some of us already knew the difference(s).

The evening was soon upon us so we retired to the main shed for a repast of BBQ seafood and hearty meat offerings to warm our empty souls.

Of great pleasure was the appearance of Brian and Robyn from Geelong long way after a recent health issue.

Such a good time was had by all that there was rumblings of chartering Enterprize for a day sail sometime later this year when we could actually see where the bow started and the water ended ie a sunny and possibly warm day.

Andrew Cohen

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Membership is open to all wooden boat enthusiasts. Many members own boats, others do not, but all enjoy the chance to get together and "muck about with boats". Their boats include rowing boats, putt-putts, radio controlled models, pond yachts, canoes, kayaks, steam-powered boats, sailing dinghies, dayboats and ocean-going yachts.

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