Next year's Australian Wooden Boat Festival in Hobart has been cancelled.
Organisers of the biennial event in February which attracts a large international audience say uncertainty surrounding the pandemic led to the call.
"As far as I'm concerned it's Hobart's best summer event and I'm sure a lot of people agree with me. It's Tasmania's biggest free public event and it's one of the world's premier martime events. So it was a very difficult decision but we're doing it for public safety and if we graciously step away now it means the organisation can surivive and put on a great festival for 2023," General Manager Paul Stephanus said.
Mr Stephanus says in June there was hope the show could still happen but the outbreak in Victoria from July and August made them quickly realise it was going to be too difficult.
"With the constant changes in restrictions - which are completely understandable and necessary - it was like building a structure on shifting sand and put us at financial risk and the public at a health risk."
Much for the planning for the 2021 show will be pushed back two years.
"It's going be a great festival when all this is well and truly behind us so put February 10-13, 2023 in your diaries everyone. Even before then we'll continue to keep the wooden boat community connected and keep the general public in touch with the martime culture of Tasmania," Mr Stephanus said.