September school holidays are almost here so let's go boating with the kids or grandkids. My family was boating on the outside of Bribie Island last Sunday and there were so many humpback whales that you could almost walk to Moreton Island!
SCARBOROUGH SWAP ANYONE?
Are you into marina swapping?
The management of Scarborough Marina invites all Spinnaker Sound boat owners to enjoy a weekend at Scarborough boat harbour on Saturday 22nd October. You will have a free berth for the night (check in after midday Saturday / check out before 10am Sunday) and a 10% discount on dinner at the nearby Tempest Restaurant, which I can personally recommend (see www.tempestrestaurant.com.au). Berthing and dinner bookings are subject to availability on a first-in basis:
+ Scarborough Marina - firstname.lastname@example.org or 3880 0300
+ Tempest Restaurant - 3203 5744
Boats at Scarborough Marina (well, at least those without masts) have been invited to spend the same weekend at Spinnaker Sound and enjoy a meal at Italia on Marina or the Oyster Festival at Sandstone Point Hotel. Please make them feel welcome.
Scarborough Marina is about 9 nautical miles away. We plan to depart about 11am if you want to tag along.
DEATH & TAXES
Our marina fees will rise by 5% from 1 January 2017. This is due to our significantly increased government and utility costs, and is only our second price increase since 2010. To delay the fee increase, customers may pay up to 12 months in advance prior to year-end.
Consistent with other marinas, we have also introduced a 50% surcharge upon wide-beam vessels (> 4.5 meters) due to the larger space requirements.
HOLIDAY TIP - NEW CALEDONIA
The Spinnaker Sound research & development team recently visited New Caledonia (and each of its marinas), including the spectacular Isle of Pines (photo below). The characterful capital Noumea is the closest overseas destination from Brisbane, being only two hours flight. The lagoon which encircles New Caledonia is the world's largest coral lagoon and a magic destination for boating with protected waters, steady trade winds and secluded destinations. Yes, we're talking tropical weather, crystal clear waters and fine French cuisine!
ou can charter a skippered or bareboat sailing or power boat out of Noumea. See for example www.dreamyachtcharter.com/english/destinations/pacific/new-celedonia/
Did I mention the French food?
HO HO HO..... SAVE THE DATE
Unbelievably, it's almost that time of year again. Save the date for the Spinnaker Sound Christmas party.... SUNDAY 4TH DECEMBER from midday.
VMR BOATING SAFETY SEMINARS
The next Volunteer Marine Rescue Bribie Island seminar entitled Basic Navigation is on Sunday 9 October from 2pm to 5pm. These seminars are extremely useful, especially for those who are new to boating or new to our area. Bookings are essential - phone 3408 7596.
On 13 November, the seminar is Small Boat Engines & Maintenance.
Well that's all for now. Don't forget to save the date for our Christmas party - Sunday 4 December.
Have a terrific weekend ahead,