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Tecla under full sailFive tall ships will fill Port Adelaide’s Inner Harbor from 28 August to 1 September in what will be the biggest gathering of traditional sailing ships seen in the Port since 1988.

Three Dutch tall ships are visiting en-route to an International Fleet Review in Sydney. They are the bark Europa, the schooner Oostershelde and the fishing lugger Tecla. The bark Europa was built in 1911 and today travels the oceans of the world. Crewed by professionals and guests of all nationalities and ages, the 56 metre long ship was built in Hamburg and rebuilt and refurbished in Amsterdam. The three-masted topsail schooner Oosterschelde, built in 1917, is the largest restored

Dutch sailing ship and is a testament to the supreme skills of the Dutch shipbuilders. Tecla, built in 1915 as a herring lugger, is a fast ship, rigged with two masts and carrying several suits of sails for heavy and light weather.

They will be joined by SA’s own Falie and One & All which will return to their berths on McLaren Wharf for the event. Failie was actually built in the Netherlands in 1919 as a Dutch lugger. It is the same class of vessel as the Tecla and was one of the last working ketches in SA.

The SA Maritime Museum is the host organiser for the tall ships’ visit and is proud to have brought this gathering of sail to South Australia. Museum’s Director, Kevin Jones said ‘It will be thrilling to see a forest of masts return to the Inner Harbor, the traditional home of shipping in South Australia. I am proud of our part in bringing these majestic ships to Adelaide. Firstly, because this is such a great way to celebrate our maritime heritage. And secondly, because one of the original purposes for building SA’s Maritime Museum in Port Adelaide was that it would help to lead the Port as a visitor centre. Twenty five years later our museum has welcomed over two million visitors and we continue to bring people to the heritage precinct.’

The Museum is partnering with Renewal SA, the One and All and Falie and other local organisations to host the Tall Ships Festival on Saturday 31 August 2013 from 11am to 5.30pm on McLaren Wharf , Port Adelaide. The free wharf-side festival will feature family activities including kids’ workshops, music performances, market stalls as well as food and beverage vendors. Festival-goers will be able to admire the stunning spectacle of tall ships tethered to McLaren Wharf and take advantage of the rare chance to climb aboard the Dutch sailing ships between 11am and 5.30pm.


Michael SiddallAustralian IT professionals are campaigning for Microsoft to reverse its decision to retire the popular TechNet Program, which is widely used to get in-depth technical knowledge of Microsoft products.

On July 1, 2013, Microsoft announced it would discontinue the TechNet subscription program. The last day to purchase a subscription through the TechNet Subscriptions website is August 31, 2013.

IT professionals have launched a campaign to request Microsoft to reconsider its decision or to provide an alternate, low-cost/high quality program to meet the needs of IT Pros worldwide. An online petition at has already attracted more than 9000 signatures.

Adelaide-based IT Support Professional Michael Siddall said shutting down TechNet had the potential to adversely affect many IT professionals or people considering a career in IT. “TechNet is very affordable for the many IT professionals who are required to self-train and certify and for those getting into the IT industry,” he said.


David Boag with his rare pearAshbourne Valley Orchards continue to wow the crowds at Willunga Farmers Market with their world-first rare pears. 

The only known commercial grower of the Durondeau pear in the world and the only commercial grower of a number of other varieties in Australia, the Boag family manage 30,000 fruit trees in Ashbourne Valley on the Fleurieu Peninsula.

David Boag, family patriarch, rescued a number of rare fruit trees from a research farm that closed down in the Adelaide Hills in the 80s. Keeping the best performing rare varieties the family have been able to carve a niche in the market.

‘The rare varieties we grow came simply out of my Dad’s experimentation,’ David’s son Ross says.