June 2016 - Christmas is here! Austin powers pressure on pontoons

Customers and friends....

The winter solstice is behind us so brighter times ahead. Bring on those clear blue and windless boating days. But on the topic of winter, it's only a few weeks until Christmas....



Today certainly feels like winter has arrived. So let's embrace the cold with roast turkey, cranberry sauce and mulled wine.

Spinnaker Sound and IC Frith invite you to join us for "Christmas In July" on MONDAY 25 JULY @ 6 - 9pm. Our good friends Sean & Korina from IC Frith insurance advisers will be hosting a winter-warmer dinner at Italia On Marina and drinks will be available at the bar. Please RSVP to info@spinnakersoundmarina.com.au by 20 July. Numbers are limited.



We knew that the Sandstone Point Hotel was popular, but it appears that Sandstone Point (or rather Spinnaker Drive) is Queensland's new growth corridor. 

Civil work has now commenced on the 122 house Orianna development on the opposite side of Spinnaker Drive (see www.orianna.com.au). 

But more relevant to marina customers, development approval has recently been granted for 168 units adjacent to the marina;  that is, the vacant lot between the marina building and Spinnaker Seafood. The project will likely enhance the vibrancy and amenity of the marina and surrounds. Amongst other things, the waterfront area will be landscaped and the boardwalk extended. However, the development will in due course impact upon marina parking. I will keep you updated.



Our inaugural boating seminar "Pizza & Port; Starboard & Sauvignon Blanc" was held in mid-June and was very well received by attendees (and not just because of the free wood-fired pizzas). We heard invaluable advice from Volunteer Marine Rescue's Gary Voss & Alan Trantor about practical subjects such as navigation in the Pumicestone Passage and the best routes to Moreton Island.

If you missed the seminar, BIVMR offers free monthly workshops on Sunday afternoons at their Bellara base. The upcoming program is:

10th Jul - Safe boating & fishing regulations

14th Aug - Local knowledge Moreton Bay & Pumicestone Passage [I highly recommend this workshop]

11th Sep - Local fishing tips and tricks

9th Oct - Basic navigation

13th Nov - Small boat engines and maintenance

See www.vmrbribie.com.au for more details.



It's only day one of the school holidays and if like mine, your next gen are already going crazy, there's a few activities in and around the marina to consider.

Talk to Brendon & Robyn from Bribie Island Boat Charters about hiring a BBQ or fishing boat to show the kids around the passage or to land a flathead for dinner (www.bribieboats.com.au).

Our dive shop - Absolute Scuba - is also offering dive and snorkeling excursions throughout the holidays to the magnificent Flinders and Curtin reefs (tel: 5497 7543). The Absolute Scuba team has also opened a cafe at the marina which is open seven days. As well as enjoying coffee by the water, you can pick up your Healthy Farms Milk and other essential items. The team has a couple of kayaks available (a no cost) to splash around the marina, but please wear a lifejacket.



Please welcome Austin Lethaby to the Spinnaker Sound team. Austin's considerable energies will be applied to maintenance activities around the marina. He has already been sighted power washing the entire pontoon structure.

Have a great week ahead! Remember to RSVP for our Christmas In July function.