Monday, May 13, 2013

RR ambassadors are cleaning up

RR ambassadors are cleaning up


A local group is combining enjoyment of the great outdoors and a bit of exercise with picking up rubbish to enhance their waterfront environment.

The group was organised through social media and gained 165 members in only a few weeks as Responsible Runner ambassador Gabrielle Costello explains.

"Being a responsible runner does not mean you have to run (although you are more than welcome to)! The idea behind it is 30 minutes of physical activity while cleaning up rubbish from our beaches/water ways."

Gabriielle was attracted to the original Responsible Runners network of runners, walkers, and pro-activists dedicated to keeping our beaches, waterways, and land clean while keeping fit.

"Over the summer I spent a lot of time swimming with (daughter) Sierra and that's when I noticed just how much rubbish is really lying around certain areas around the Whitsundays, I wanted to do something but felt the task was a bit large size and time wise for me to try and tackle on my own."

"It was around about the same time Responsible Runners showed up in my news feed on Facebook, I followed them for a few weeks and saw just how effective just a few people doing an hour clean up could really be, that's when I decided to contact them and ask them if they would be interested in me being a RR ambassador and they happily agreed."

"I have already been asked a few times if I get paid to do this, and I do not. Everything I do is out of my own time and resources, the reward for me is a bit of fresh air and exercise and satisfaction that I know I'm doing my bit no matter how small it may seem to others," Ms Costello told the Whitsunday Coast Guardian this week.

 "It makes such a difference not just preventing the litter ending up in the ocean, but preventing it getting there in the first place by creating awareness and inspiring people to make a difference through the RR presence on the beach and the photos shared over social media (Facebook) about just how much rubbish is really out there.

RR meet every Sunday at 4pm for an hour and then afterwards count what has been collected and record the data to send off to Tangaroa Blue Australian Marine Debris Initiative, who provide us with our clean up kits.

"The name is a bit confusing for some - you don't actually have to run, I certainly don't unless I'm chasing Sierra," Ms Costello added.




Compared to the charismatic megafauna of the oceans, jellyfish have never received the attention they deserve.

Lisa-ann Gershwin, the director of the Australian Marine Stinger Advisory Services, wrote Stung! to help correct this, arguing that jellyfish are to the oceans what canaries are in a coal mine, except their indicator behaviour is to thrive when conditions are most dire. Accounts of the various jellyfish blooms across the globe, from polar waters to tropical seas, are used to illustrate just how much the ocean environments have changed, mostly to the detriment of marine biodiversity.

Dr Gershwin has spent quite a bit of time here in the Whitsunday area and is well known for her passion for jellyfish research. Indeed, the only time over the years your writer has seen an Irukandji was a creature caught by Lisa-ann and safely pickled in a small glass vial.

This genre of nature writing is highly frequented territory. But what makes Stung! stand out is that Gershwin achieves the rare combination of being not just a talented researcher who has discovered more than 160 new jellyfish species but also a very entertaining writer, turning what could have been a worthy but prosaic book into a page turner.

Stung! On Jellyfish Blooms and the Future of the Ocean by Lisa-ann Gershwin is published this week by University of Chicago Press


Mariner Notices


Slade Rock - Mariners are advised that the lighted port lateral mark buoy Fl R 25s which marks Slade Rock has been re-established in position. AUS charts 249, 250, 823 & 824


Abbot Point Berth One - Mariners are advised that Abbot Point berth 1 front lead light F G is temporary unlit due to maintenance on berth 1. Mariners are advised to navigate with caution in this area. AUS charts 255 & 826


Fair winds to Ye!

Cap'n Dan

Rotary needs a hand!

Rotary needs a hand!


Of course the Rotary Club of Airlie Beach is usually helping the community in so many ways, but now they need your help.


Rotary have taken on the huge task of taking all or as much as they can of the furnishings from the 250 room ex Club Med Lindeman Island Resort. Some of the chairs, tables and other items are destined for community and sporting clubs of our area. The balance of the goods will head down the Bruce Highway to help the people of flood ravaged Bundaberg.


"So, where do I fit in?" you ask. Well as you can imagine this is a huge undertaking. But if you could lend a hand your might be able to enjoy a trip down to scenic Lindeman Island by luxury barge in exchange for helping to load the stuff onto the barge.


Ok, sounds like a regular Airlie Beach job, i.e. plenty of scenery but no pay. Hang on, Rotary is always helping the community and I'd bet there would be a BBQ and a knock off drink in the offing. Plus the feel good factor one gets from doing a good job for your community while raising  a bead of perspiration.


Sound like something you might lend a hand for? Training for your club members? Rotarian in charge of the project is David Paddon who would really like to hear from you on 0414997942.



People's Day Blessing


The 2013 Airlie People's Day and Blessing of the Fleet is on Whit Sunday May 19 at the Whitsunday Sailing Club in Airlie Beach. There are usually Sunday markets along the foreshore and a variety of activities.


First Lieutenant James Cook named the Whitsunday Passage in 1770 so the Blessing of the Fleet is held each year on Whitsunday, otherwise known as Pentecost Sunday.


A Blessing of the Fleet is part of the calendar of many seaside and fishing communities around the world.


Community groups are invited to participate in the Blessing of the Fleet on the seafront lawn at the Whitsunday Sailing Club, Airlie Beach from 10am, Sunday, May 19. The sail past of yachts and other craft is from 11 am from the sea wall.


For further information, contact Heidi Walton at the Whitsunday Sailing Club or Cap'n Dan Van Blarcom on


Carbon contained


With a view to cut carbon emissions by up to 50 per cent by the end of 2015, France-based shipping company CMA CGM Group has finalised the purchase of 50,000 containers with bamboo flooring.

"CMA CGM reaffirms its long standing commitment to global environmental policy," Jacques R Saadé, CEO of the Group said.

"The preservation of the oceans, and the ecological solutions offered to customers are an essential part of the Group's activity and organisation," Saadé added.

The company is planning to use the containers on the world's largest container ship, the 'CMA CGM Marco Polo'. This ship employs electronically controlled engines that significantly reduce CO2 emissions, as well as an exhaust gas bypass system that improves the energy efficiency of the vessel when slow steaming. This reduces CO2 emissions by up to 1.5 per cent at low speeds. A twisted leading edge rudder, meanwhile, improves the hydrodynamics of the vessel by optimising water flow and thereby reducing energy expenditure and further cutting emissions.

"Ever cleaner ships will be a requirement in the near future for cargo transportation," Ludovic Gérard, vice president of CMA Ships said.

These container solutions allow savings of up to one or two tonnes of fuel per day, representing a reduction of up to three to six tonnes of CO2 emissions.


Two happiest days


Yarr! Well, it be said that the two happiest days of a boat owners life are the day they buy a boat and the day they sell it. Welcome aboard for the adventure of a lifetime. Enjoy all the fun of tearing up $100 dollar bills standing under a very cold shower in the dark. BOAT = Bring Out Another Thousand. Ye be warned! It is an addiction, but it can be cured.


Mariner Notice


Unsafe Passage between North Molle and South Molle Islands - Mariners are advised that the front and rear leading lights 2 F Bu, F Day, on Daydream Island which mark Unsafe Passage are reported unlit. Mariners should use caution in the vicinity as this seems to be an ongoing problem. AUS charts 254 & 825.


Fair winds to Ye!

Cap'n Dan


Sea art tourist attraction mooted

Sea art tourist attraction mooted


The three mast sailing ship 'Magic' firmly aground just off Cannonvale beach just needs the sails put up to become a major tourist attraction.

People who know more about art and photography that sailing would find they could get great photos without the worry of the yacht stirring and spoiling their shot. It would be easy to wait and get the right light on the stationary white sails without the disappointment of the ship moving on.


Of course, one could imagine it as monument to poor seamanship or the high cost of anything to do with yachts, but that would be a churlish, ill-natured spoiler really. We should make the best with what we have.


Comedian, writer and classic boat owner-sailor Griff Rhys Jones gave out the prizes for inaugural Classic Boats awards ceremony in London last week.


Griff made light of some of the absurdities of boat ownership as he quipped: "I bought a boat for £70,000, spent £500,000 on her over the years and I find she is now worth... £70,000."


Marine radio exam change


The Office of Marine Communications at the Australia Maritime College is advising boating people of important changes to VHF Examinations, especially that from April 1 the exams are 'Open Book'.


Why open book examination for VHF only? In 2012 AMC had 4169 applications for the MROCP (full licence) and 1629 applications for the MROVCP (VHF). Both qualifications show an average fail percent of 5%. In the past VHF was mainly used by people working in the marine industry, but over the years leisure boat operators began purchasing VHF marine radios. As more and more people move from 27Mhz marine radios to VHF marine radios it has become extremely important that VHF marine radio users are aware of the correct channels, terminology and procedures as well as being aware that large ships also use the VHF radios.

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) and AMC have new videos showing correct use of VHF radio and they and others are now on YouTube.


Marconi Day


In December of 1901, using an antenna held aloft by a kite, Guglielmo Marconi sat quietly in the former fever and diphtheria hospital on Signal Hill, St. John's, Newfoundland, now part of Canada and received the first successful transmission of a trans-Atlantic signal, the letter "S" in Morse code, sent from a transmitter in Poldhu, south Cornwall, England.


This Saturday, radio operators around the world and in space on the International Space Station will be making contact to commemorate the birth of Marconi on 25 April 1874.


Last year, Guglielmo Marconi's daughter, Princess Elettra Marconi, was contacted in Italy via short-wave radio and Skype.


The radio operators on board the Titanic were employed by Marconi - and using his equipment they were able to alert the Carpathia, the ship which rescued around 700 survivors. The Titanic sank to the south east of Newfoundland.


In Ireland the Hurdy Gurdy Museum of Vintage Radio will be celebrating International Marconi Day. The tower was the site for an experimental Marconi Station in 1905. The museum is located in the Martello Tower, Howth Harbour, County Dublin.


For younger readers, Morse code was the original digital form of communication. As this is a High Frequency event using various modes, it will be shared all over the world by radio operators with the right HF gear.


Look! Up in the sky!


No not Superman, but the Lyrids meteor shower that has been viewed for the past 2600 years of and you may catch a glimpse from in the night sky until April 26. As a result of light pollution, observers in the country will see more. The Lyrids are an average shower, usually producing about 20 meteors per hour at their peak. These meteors can produce bright dust trails that last for several seconds. Look for meteors radiating from after midnight. Full moon rising.


Mariner Notices


Unsafe Passage -. Mariners be advised that the front and rear leading lights 2 F Bu, F Day, which mark Unsafe Passage between North Molle and South Molle Islands, are reported unlit. Mariners should use caution in the vicinity.


Shute Harbour South Channel - Mariners are advised that the No. 3 Green lateral Buoy, Fl G 2.5s has been reported missing from location.

Mariners should use caution in the vicinity.

AUS charts 252, 253, 254 & 825


Fair winds to Ye!

Cap'n Dan


Warrior to visit Whitsunday


Warrior to visit Whitsunday


The 58-metre Greenpeace vessel Rainbow Warrior III will visit Airlie Beach on Wednesday, April 17.

As well as ship tours and onshore activities during the day, the Whitsunday Sailing Club has changed the weekly Twilight race to include the green ship as a mark of the course.

During the afternoon race, sailors will navigate around the ship as a mark of the course, and the club is hoping to attract a big fleet for this special event. Scuttlebutt that the traditional race prize of a bucket of rum will be replaced with a bucket of green tea is unsubstantiated at this time.

Rainbow Warrior III was purpose built and launched in October 2011 at a cost over $28 million Aussie dollars. The ship was in part funded by a crowd funding project. Supporters were encouraged to buy parts of the ship through a website and over 100,000 did. Classed as a sailing yacht with diesel-electric auxiliary, thirty passengers and crew can sail at 15 knots in good conditions with the 55-metre mast carrying 1,255 square metres of sail.


Bowen visit


The Greenpeace Rainbow Warrior will visit Bowen on Sunday April 14, before going on to Holbourne Island.


Mates @ sea


Former Airlie Beacher Libby Carrier writes, "Hi Ho... Hi Ho.... it's off across the Atlantic Ocean again I go!! We leave lovely Antigua in the morning. Good weather report & great crew!! See some of you in the Azores & see the rest of you in Palma!! No internet for a while. See ya on the flip side!!"




The first Australian ship-to-shore wireless message occurred on April 9, 1903. The receiving station was at Kangaroo Point, Brisbane and the message was sent from HMQS Gayundah off Moreton Island.

HMQS Gayundah was a flat-iron gunboat operated by the Queensland Maritime Defence Force and later the Royal Australian Navy (as HMAS Gayundah). Built in 1884 and decommissioned in 1921, she then served as a barge for Brisbane Gravel Pty Ltd until 1950, when she was scrapped. In 1958, Gayundah was run aground at Woody Point at Redcliffe, to serve as a breakwater structure.


Koala Island


A tropical Whitsunday Island may seem a strange home for a colony of koalas and St Bees Island is an untouched paradise, has a beautiful climate and, best of all, no people; a perfect home for koalas.

The koalas were brought to the island in the early 1900s by the Busuttin family for purely aesthetic reasons. It is believed that the original colony had about 17 koalas. During the 1960s, koalas from St Bees were taken unofficially to establish populations on both Newry and Brampton Islands.


Live firing


St. Bees Island - Mariners be advised that this week a feral animal (goats) control program requiring the use of live firing of weapons will take place on St. Bees Island in the Mackay National Parks Management Area of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

Exclusion zones will be placed around St Bee's Island. The exclusion zone extends seaward of the High Water mark by 500 metres; all vessels are to remain clear. VHF security calls will be made on channel 16 by Queensland Park & Wildlife vessel 'Tamoya'. St Bee's Island is 15 nautical miles north east of Mackay Harbour. AUS charts 251 & 824


Fair winds to Ye!

Cap'n Dan


Pearls of the Coral Sea

Pearls of the Coral Sea


Pearls of the Coral Sea Festival is planned for Townsville in September and will feature pearling luggers and traditional timber ships of a bye gone era.

Centred on the major restoration of pearling lugger ANTONIA, organisers are talking with various lugger owners about heading to Townsville for one of the largest gatherings of luggers for some time.

The Australian National Maritime Museum will present all lugger owners that are on the Australian Register of Historic Vessels with their flag and certificate during the festival.

The plan includes a multi-venue precinct between the Townsville Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Centre, Museum of Tropical North Queensland, Townsville Maritime Museum, Reef HQ and more… lugger and traditional rig movies, markets, children's activities, and hopefully a lugger race and a sunset sail.


Learn to Sail


Don't worry if you missed the Whitsunday Sailing Club Registration Day for young sailors or 'tackers' you might just get you child into the course that starts this Sunday at 0830.

The course will be sailed in the new Opti Tackers, specially designed for training younger children. The age range is about seven to 12 years.

Any parents wishing to assist are welcome if you have any sailing background. Contact, Heidi Walton, Whitsunday Sailing Club 4946 6138


Boat fall, fine


A huge $100,000 fine has been copped by a NSW university following an injury to a student falling off a boat during a field trip.

The University of New South Wales (UNSW) was fined after a 23-year-old science student was injured in a boat incident during a course work-related field trip.

The woman suffered severe leg injuries and a broken wrist after falling from an inflatable vessel owned by the University near Darling Harbour on July 2009

"The incident occurred when a research assistant, who held a boat licence and was employed by the University, lost control of the inflatable vessel while doing a turn, causing three passengers who were not wearing lifejackets, to fall off.

"An inspection of the inflatable vessel revealed too much weight in the bow caused 'bow steering' or inadvertent steering to the left or right."

UNSW was found guilty by the NSW Industrial Court of a breach of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2000 (NSW)


Mariner Notice


Tongue Point, Whitsunday Island - Mariners are advised that a heli-lift operation is planned to take place in Tongue Bay, Whitsunday Island in the Whitsunday National Parks Management Area of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. This operation will be conducted from 1330 hours to 1700 hours on Wednesday, April 24.

This program will require the use of a barge platform and helicopter for multiple lifts during the stated times. A temporary exclusion zone will be placed in Tongue Bay from the public moorings east to Tongue Point during this operation. Mariners are advised to remain clear of exclusion zones and surrounding islands during the operation. Marine VHF security calls will be made morning, midday and afternoon on channel 16 and a Marine Parks vessel will be patrolling the area. AUS charts 252, 253, 824 & 825


Fair winds to Ye!

Cap'n Dan