I am arriving to live down here just in time (we arrive Sept 15) for The Tall Ships Festival, happening from 20-25 September this year. Website and the Wooden Boat website section with the full program.
"The five-day Tall Ships program will include ship tours, special sailings, exhibitions and activities in Princes Wharf One, entertainment, a Grand Parade, fine Tasmanian food and wines, a special schools program and much more. Coming as it does just before the International Fleet Review in Sydney, you will get the chance to see these great ships first in Hobart’s beautiful Sullivans Cove."
Anyone like to come along to a couple of meetups?
I was thinking one could be on the 20th when they sail up the Derwent "Tall ships will be arriving from different ports and directions, so you may see them coming up the River Derwent at varying times during the day and evening."; and there could be a couple through the week - the weekend appears to be the best activity with pipe bands etc; and on the 25th they depart "Best vantage points: Bellerive Bluff, Alexandra Battery, Wrest Point Casino, Sandy Bay, Mount Nelson Signal Station.".