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The largest wooden ship in the world
THE beautiful three-masted tall ship pic-
tured here has been intriguing Phillip Is-
land’s south coast residents in the past
week, as it sailed up and down our coastline,
a magnificent vision from the past.
Sunderland Bay resident, John O’Brien,
took the above photos from his Sunderland
Bay balcony, and wondered from whence she
Sally Ahearn was captivated as she watched
from her Cape Woolamai home, as the ship
anchored off shore overnight.
“I t was beautifully lit up and looked like
something out of a Stephen Spielberg mov-
ie,” said Sally.
The Advertiser has done some homework,
and can report that the ship “The Tenacious”
hails from England.
It is the world’s largest operative wooden
hulled tall ship, weighing in at 586 gross
Launched in 2000 at Southampton, with
the assistance of volunteers, it is the largest
wooden tall ship built in the United Kingdom
in 100 years, and holds the honour of be-
ing the largest wooden ship in the world still
It was designed and built by the Jubilee
Sailing Trust specifically to be fully acces-
sible for persons with disabilities.
Tenacious includes special design features
not seen on other ships including: wheel-
chair lifts, a speaking compass and a joy-
stick to enable people with limited dexterity
to helm the ship.
Sailed across the globe by a crew of 50 (in-
cluding 12 professional crew members and
experienced volunteers), the trainee crew are
generally of mixed physical abilities, includ-
ing those in wheelchairs.
The unique team created during a voyage
on Tenacious means that there is always a
role for everyone – for every rope requiring
strength to heave, there is a corresponding
rope requiring attention to slack.
Tenacious set sail from the UK in Novem-
ber 2015 on an adventure to Australia where
she is embarking on once-in-a -lifetime voy-
ages around the south-eastern coast between
Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and crossing
the Bass Strait to Hobart.
“These are some of the most challenging
and exhilarating sailing waters on the plan-
et,” the Tenacious website proclaims.
The Tenacious, the largest wooden ship
in the world still afloat, enthralled watch-
ers from Phillip Island when it appeared off
our coastline last Wednesday, and again on
its return journey into Melbourne on Sunday
Food trend raises
Cape Woolamai’s Steve Hennekan says he and fellow traders believe local laws need to catch up with the food van trend.
THE Melbourne food van trend has ar-
rived on Phillip Island.
But while customers may enjoy more
choice of food outlets, traders say pop-up
businesses unfairly compete with perma-
Cape Woolamai traders last week contact-
ed the Advertiser to voice their concerns
about the arrival of a sushi van on a vacant
lot in Cape Woolamai.
Steve Hennekan, who runs a burger shop
in Vista Place, said the food van had an
unfair advantage and local laws needed to
catch up with the trend.
“To me it seems unfair to lob in here and
take advantage of the hard work already
done by permanent traders, ” s aid Steve,
adding that he was a spokesman for a num-
ber of shops.
“There’s the issue of rates and rents but
also we are here 52 weeks of the year be-
cause we know for those eight weeks of
summer, we can pay our bills.
“I know this is an issue Australia-wide,
but the law needs to catch up. ”
However owners of eezy peezy sushi, Shaz
and Lee, said they had met all Bass Coast
Shire planning and trading requirements
and were paying a lease to the owner of the
block of land, where they would be perma-
“We have moved to the island with our
children and will tough out the winter, ” s aid
Shaz, who has a background in catering.
“This was a cheaper way to test the mar-
ket and if it works we’ll financially then be
able to get something more permanent.”
She said before bringing their van from
the Yarra Valley they researched business-
es in Cape Woolamai and saw a gap in the
market for sushi, which meant “we weren’t
taking anything away from local traders”.
“We don’t want to be putting anyone’s nos-
es out of joint. ”
The couple arrived on December 28 and
will be open 11am-3pm Wednesday to Sun-
Bass Coast Shire’s strategic planning and
development manager Jodi Kennedy said
council officers had investigated the mat-
ter and “find no breaches to the planning
scheme in this instance”.
The Cape Woolamai traders concerns
follow a petition signed in December by
shop owners in Cowes’ Thompson Avenue
against pop-up sellers setting up temporary
shops in conflict with local stores, especial-
ly on New Years’ Eve.
Jane Wiesner from Chatters on Cowes
clothing store organised the petition, which
received 78 signatures.
“These tents did not contribute to rates
or rents and they cashed in on one of the
best trading days of the year, ” she told the
Advertiser last year.
Shaz and Lee from ‘eezy peezy sushi’ van
say they are in Cape Woolamai to stay and
fill a gap in food offerings.
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