Well the busy festive season is upon us again and we're in the Christmas spirit!
First things first. Come and celebrate another nautical year at the Spinnaker Sound Christmas party - this Sunday 13th from midday at our Italia on Marina restaurant. Enjoy live music from What The Funk, a jumping castle for the kids / grand-kids and maybe a visit from Santa?
Amongst other things, we'll be holding a raffle with all proceeds going to our good friends (and occassional saviours) at Bribie Island Volunteer Marine Rescue. You could win terrific prizes including:
+ Your weight in quality, full-fat, unhomogenised milk from Healthy Farms
+ A game fishing trip or Pumicestone Passage champagne cruise courtesy of Flyod & the Bribie Is Game Fishing Club
+ A snorkelling trip for two people to the magnificent Flinders Reef with Snorkel Safari
+ BBQ boat hire from the good folk at Bribie Island Boat Charters
We'll be shouting the pizzas; BYO drinks or $5 beer & wine at the bar.
If you haven't already responded, please RSVP by Wednesday to firstname.lastname@example.org
CHRISTMAS OPENING HOURS
We will be open throughout the Christmas and New Year period, with the exception of Christmas Day and New Years Day. For our dry storage customers, please let us know in advance if you would like to use your boat on these days.
We are very pleased to welcome Fiona to the Spinnaker Sound team. Previously working at the University of Queensland, Fiona is now enjoying sea views from the marina office on Thursdays and Fridays. Our lovely Leonie remains the friendly face of the marina Mondays through Wednesdays.
WE'RE ALL "UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT" - VIPERS, CHANDLERY, RENEWALS
Spinnaker Sound's restaurant is now Italia On Marina and is under new ownership and management. Fortunately the wood-fired Slammer, Whip Cracker and Diabolus Viper are still on the menu (and can be delivered to your berth), but you can now also enjoy the Local Garlic Prawns, Duck Ragu, Pollo Alla Romana and more. Italia On Marina is open 7 days for lunch and dinner (and marina Christmas parties). Let the team know you're a marina customer and they'll look after you.
Snorkel Safari, also under new ownership and management, will very soon be opening a shop next to the restaurant which sells dive / snorkelling tours & equipment (including gear hire & tank refills), chandlery, convenience goods, coffee and more. If you're a marina regular, let Peter and the team know what you'ld like to see stocked.
Our final marina business under new ownership and management - IC Frith insurance - is now open Monday to Friday. Sean and Korina will be delighted to arrange competitive cover for your vessel upon your next renewal. Call 0439 828 089.
Our shower & toilet facilities have now been renovated. A big thanks to Rob & the team for your efforts. If you borrowed the new monsoon shower head, please bring it back as our customers quite like it.
Thanks to the fragmentation of OPEC, fuel is at the lowest prices in years. It's a good time to fill up your thirsty cruiser.
We have had a couple of cancellations for pre-Christmas antifouls & detailing. Talk to Ben (5497 5511) if you would like your boat looking its best for Santa's arrival.
I took my 8 year old son snorkelling at Flinders Reef last weekend and can highly recommend it for those who haven't visited. Located about 3nm north of Cape Moreton, Flinders Reef is Brisbane's closest true coral reef and is a real gem! There's an abundance of corals and sea life, including rays and giant turtles. Flinders is quite exposed, so look for a calm weather window. There's a number of public moorings available.
KERALA BACK WATERS
OK, so it's not particularly relevant to the marina, but if you're looking for exciting 2016 holiday ideas, I can strongly recommend hiring a houseboat on the Backwaters of Kerala, India. The houseboats are simply amazing - handcrafted from local woods and fibre - and you enjoy facinating scenery along 100s of kilometers of canals while your personal cook prepares delicious South Indian food.
That's all from Spinnaker Sound. We'll see you for a celebratory bevvy at the Christmas Party on Sunday.