2013 - lucky for some:
Fun in the sun revealed
Airlie Beach Race Week, Reef Festival and Fun Race 2013 were announced this week with the added bonus of funding from Events Queensland to promote our 'winter' destination to those poor sods in colder climates.
"We're thrilled to have received funding from Events Queensland for 2013, which will go towards increased marketing efforts," Rob Davis, Commodore of the Whitsunday Sailing Club said this week.
"Events Queensland funding not only promotes the event, but helps deliver tourism benefits to the region and to a wider audience. We have also had tremendous feedback from stakeholders from this year's event and we are now working to ensure 2013 is bigger and better."
The date for Airlie Beach Race Week 2013 is August 8-15, includes six days of racing, opening and closing parties and a lay day party on Monday August 12.
Building on the successful Whitsunday Reef Festival this year, in 2013 the weekend of August 15-18 will see the community celebrate all things Whitsunday.
The Great Whitsunday Fun Race will be sailed on Saturday 17 August.
"The Reef Festival will round off a week of fantastic sailing and provide additional events, fireworks and entertainment for the support crews, spectators and visitors and encourage them to stay a bit longer in Airlie Beach," the Commodore said.
Airlie Beach Race Week is a major regional Queensland event with support from the Whitsunday Council and Tourism Queensland through the Queensland's 'Season of Sailing' campaign.
The Whitsunday Sailing Club held the most successful regatta this year with over 120 yachts and over 40 sponsors supporting the event. "We're already talking to businesses regarding next year's event and we would be happy to hear from anyone who would like to come on board," Commodore Davis said.
It is time to tell your friends in cold places to get ready and book a berth for all the fun in the sun. Further info on accommodation and more www.tourismwhitsundays.com.au or the sailing club.
Silly boat challenge
In Vancouver Canada the local community enjoys The Silly Boat Challenge, where they say "Gather your friends, family & co-workers, come up with an idea for a boat and then .... Build your boat on site out of recycled or recyclable materials. Then sail it around a simple course."
Sound familiar? During Reef Festival in Airlie we have had the Airlie Beach Hotel Recyclable Regatta for the last few years and what fun that is. So, start designing now aiming for Sunday August 18 at the Lagoon.
Here is an idea that might be a good learning and fund raising activity.
In the UK, eight marine industry girls spent 24 hours in a leaky liferaft to raise money for the Sail4Cancer charity.
What would be more of a fun challenge than 24 hours of rationed food and water, lack of toilet facilities (Or 'no loo' as the girls delicately put it) cramped conditions, virtually no sleep in the cold and damp climate of November in the Solent. For the fashionistas the girls were dressed in bright orange immersion suits complete with "amazing multi-coloured life jackets" and have almost reached their target of £5000.
Was it worth it? Lesley Fitt from Sailing Networks described her feelings afterwards "It was a humbling experience to realise that my worst hours in the liferaft were nothing compared to the long term suffering of the people we are raising funds for."
Perhaps some local sailor gals (or guys) might like to give it a go?
The salinity of ocean water is approximately 3.5%, which equates to one cubic square mile of sea water containing 166 million tons of salt. If you could manage to extract all the salt from all the oceans on Earth, you'd have a layer of salt that would cover every continent, 500 feet deep.
Chance Bay, Whitsunday Island - Mariners are advised that a 14.5 metre vessel has sunk in Chance Bay, Whitsunday Island. It is marked with a lighted yellow special mark. Mariners, give the vessel a wide berth to seaward. AUS charts 252 & 253
Bowen Boat Harbour - Mariners are advised that the Port Lateral Mark No.6 with light Fl R 1.5s in position latitude 20° 01.1776' S, longitude 148° 15.4022' E is reported as having diminished intensity. Navigate with caution. AUS chart 268.
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Fair winds to Ye!