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What is Heritage Sailing Tasmania?

We are a Not for Profit Company with a unique pholosophy combining traditional sailing, conservation and health promotion. We are committed to promoting TASMANIA! 

More than just a sailboat ride: You can experience and sail on a piece of Tasmania's history

SV Rhona H is one of the last of the beautiful fishing ketches built by Ned Jack in Launceston.She plied the waters of Bass Strait and its islands and has been in continuous commercial survey from the time that Max Hardy owned her as a fishing boat.

The  ~ HEADWAVES~  Philosophy

Heritage Sailing Tasmania focuses on:

1. Traditional sailing and nautical skills: To build on and promote the skills of mariners past and present and for the future.

2. Conservation especially the ocean: To protect and preserve our marine life. We particularly support Sea Shepherd and Ric O'Barry's Dolphin Project.

3. Health Promotion and Mindfulness: Mental health is core to healthy living. We named the endeavour ~Head Waves~ to acknowledge the Mind (Head) and the challenge of confronting head waves at sea! Teamwork is paramount. Tourism and sailing with us as a guest supports our ability to assist those who are struggling to access opportunities onboard.

We ALWAYS set sails as it is part of teamwork and getting SV Rhona H doing what she does best: sail.

Our philosophy combines traditional sailing, conservation and health promotion in a unique way. All our crew are volunteers and they are proud to be part of Tasmania's history and continue the SV Rhona H story. SV Rhona H was professionally built by Tasmanian shipwright Ned Jack in the best of timbers, Huon Pine over Celery Top frames. 

The 52 foot Huon Pine fishing vessel was built for Frere Youl of Symmons Plains in 1942. She was sold around 1946 to Max Hardy, a Stanley fisherman. Max helped started the crayfish industry in North West Tasmania as he discovered crays on the continental shelf off southern Tasmania.

SV Rhona H fished commercially until converted for sail training and charter work in 1990. She has seen many trips across Bass Strait, travelling across to Queenscliff as well as to King and Flinders Islands.