The Maritime Museum may be temporarily closed, but we're working hard on exciting new ways to bring the museum to you with fabulous digital events and exhibitions!

We're disappointed this year's Classic and Wooden Boat Festival couldn't go ahead at the museum, but we didn't want you to miss out completely, so we're bringing part of the festival to you! We've turned the CWBF talk series into Virtual Ocean Talks! You'll be able to enjoy these from home every Thursday night from 14-28 May 2020.


- Simply register online by clicking on the button below.
- You'll be sent a reminder to tune in the day before, and also one hour before the event.
- Login to the event at start time (7.30pm (AEST), Thursday 28 May 2020)

Best of all - it's FREE and anyone can register! 


Thursday 28 May 2020
7.30pm – 8.30pm

Restricted 21-Foot Class Racing Yachts were the mainstay of Australian yachting between the two world wars, and some still exist today. Join this virtual talk to hear from expert presenters around Australia: Leslie Valmadre restored the only surviving 21-foot in WA, Tasmania's Colin Grazules brought the most famous 21-foot of all time (a Tasmanian state icon) Tassie Too after years of effort, and specialist maritime heritage writer Nicole Mays from Adelaide, who is compiling a book on the 21s to be launched at the Australian Wooden Boat Festival in 2021.


Leslie ValmadreLeslie Valmadre is the Perth based director of Oakridge Communications, and his pastime is sailing, which has been a major part of his life. In the early 70s, he was crew on Southern Cross, Alan Bond’s challenger for the 1974 America’s Cup with the pre-race training in a stable of three International 12-metres class yachts. Leslie lived in the US for fourteen years and sailed many of the major North American races while also owning and operating a marina and boat yard on the Great Lakes. These days he retains a strong connection with all the 12-metre sailors from all the Australian challengers. He also has a rare gem of his own, a William Fife designed Restricted 21-Foot Class yacht he has restored to immaculate condition. It’s the only surviving one of the two WA 21s ever built, and Leslie is passionate about its story and its many adventures in WA since its launch in 1924.

Colin GrazulesColin Grazules can put his hand to all manner of things yachting and boating, from the practical side of vessel building, repairs and maintenance, through to maritime history and research, and not to forget – just going sailing and enjoying the rewards of all the hard work. He is the custodian of two 'Chips' Gronfors Boats, but one of his best moments has probably been when he was able to show that the legendary 'Chips' was the foreman who built Tassie and Tassie Too, the Restricted 21s that established Tasmania’s credentials as a force in national yachting. A proud member of the 'Friends of Tassie Too' team who now manage the yacht in Hobart, he is vitally involved in all aspects of its story, care and sailing program.

Nicole MaysNicole Mays is a Tasmanian born author currently living with her family in Adelaide. In a short period of time she has become recognised as a preeminent maritime history researcher and author. Her first book was the story of her great-great-great grandfather, Jacob Bayly Chandler, a Battery Point boat builder from 1847 to 1901. She has since followed on with two extensive histories of Hobart’s Battery Point waterfront, Spirited, Skilled and Determined: the Boat and Ship Builders of Battery Point (1835 – 1935) and Industrious, Innovative, Altruistic: The 20th Century Boat Builders of Battery Point. In addition, Nicole was a co-author of Blood, Sweat and the Sea, the biography of John Muir and his maritime winch, anchoring and mooring systems manufacturing company.

Having spent two decades employed as a scientist, including many years working in Washington DC, Nicole has recently taken up full time maritime history research and writing, as well as design and type setting work. Her attention is currently focussed on the 21s, with a detailed book in preparation about this class and its extraordinary national history due to be released later this year. She is also a member of the 'Friends of Tassie Too' organisation, which successfully brought Tassie Too back home to Hobart in 2017.


David PayneYour host: 
David Payne, ANMM Curator - Historic Vessels, Environment & Communities




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