April 16

From the President’s Desk


March has been a bit quieter for the VMR.

The month started with the official opening of the Whisper Bay boat ramp upgrade.

The very next evening, we had planned to host our fabulous Tropicana Ball, but unfortunately, the weather didn’t play fair, so the decision was made at the last moment to postpone this event.

In the end, even the postponed ball had to be cancelled, but we have replaced it with a Black and White Fundraiser Event on the next “Black Friday”, May 13.

More details below.


Along with the regular Thursday afternoon training, Geoff Smith facilitated a Search and Rescue course which eight persons attended, including a couple of new skippers.

As well, Queensland Police Service, in conjunction with the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, will be holding a one day Search and Rescue (SAR) Workshop on April 10.

This training is to prepare participants for the Search and Rescue Training Exercise (SAREX) to be held in the near future.

Regards, Ray


Membership fees and charges for the year ended 30 June 2017 have been reviewed by the Management Committee. When reviewing rates, the Committee noted that interest rates and inflation are very low and fuel prices have fallen, enabling VMR rates to remain at the current 2016 level.

2016-17 rates will be:

Ordinary membership (a person with a nominated vessel): $70.00

Pensioner membership (pension number required): $35.00

Additional nominated vessels: $10.00 each

New member joining fee: $20.00

Non-member activation fee: $310.00 per hour

In recognition of the outstanding untiring contributions by our Volunteer Boat Crews, Radio Operators, Administrators and Fund Raisers (all of whom are the life blood of our organization), the renewal fee FOR ACTIVE MEMBERS has been reduced to $10.00.

black and white

Further details of this event will be circulated soon. We are hoping 3rd time will be lucky for the Black Friday event.

Weather and timing just made it impossible for the Ball, but we are sure we will get a much greater turnout for the Black and White Night.

Tickets are $55 and again are available from Whitsunday Bookings, near Mama Africa’s, and Airllywood, near Woolworth’s in Airlie Beach.

For those who still have tickets for the cancelled Tropicana Ball, refunds are available upon the return of your tickets to the place of purchase.  But VMR hopes that you will trade in those tickets for the Black and White Event and get a $20 refund as well!  🙂

Fish D’vine will be catering substantial finger food. The band will get the room rocking and the Auctioneer will get the best possible donation price for each item, including a One&Only Hayman Island 2 night stay with transfers, and bareboat charters, to name a few.  There are many more!

Put it in your diary, and we will see you there!

VMR Music Sundays

The “Blues Day” event was originally started many years ago by talented blues aficionado, Santos, and following a 6 month break forced on us by the Whisper Bay boat ramp project, the time has come to launch a fresh new format with the generous guidance of local music industry identity, Jenni Wasson.

Jenni, the founder of Airlie Beach Music Centre, who has her own band & has been in the music industry for over 30 years, will host a refreshed multi genre music format which allows the opportunity for talented local musicians to step forward and perform in a (monthly) “Clipboard Concert ”.

In last month’s Samson Post, we explained that places are limited and local musicians must register with Jenni on the ‘clipboard’ before, or on the day.  The emphasis is on fun.

We had planned to commence VMR MUSIC SUNDAYS Clipboard Concert sessions on the 1st Sunday in April, but with the extreme rainstorms on the first weekend in March, which was to be the Bus Accident Benefit Concert, it was postponed and will now be held on Sunday April 3rd (2-6pm), meaning:

The first  of the Clipboard Concerts will now be on the first Sunday in May;

May 1 from 2.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m.

In addition to the music and barbecue, there will be raffles with very good prizes, with all proceeds to VMR to assist with running costs for the only ocean-going Rescue boat in the Whitsundays.

The venue has always been the best location to have a lazy afternoon, kicking back to music by the Coral Sea and it has now been substantially improved, with sealed carparks (with free car parking) and a re-laid extended grassed area.


Collection Tins

Collection TinVMR Whitsunday would like to thank the many organisations for their continued support by placing our collection tin on their shop counter.

magnums logoThis month we collected two tins; one from Magnums containing $158.10 and one from the Reef Gateway Hotel containing $65.60.

reef gateway hotel logo.pngThe money collected in these tins makes a significant contribution to the operation of our rescue vessel VMR1 and our radio base. Many thanks also to the Whitsunday community who help to fill these tins.

And let’s not forget these organisations that help with sausages, bread rolls and prizes for the VMR Music Days.
sponsor strip

New Boat Update

We had little to report in the last Samson Post as work on the boat had halted until the surveyors could give the go ahead to continue, but this required drawings to be finalised before the survey could be completed.

But that’s all behind us now and work has recommenced.

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The worker in this picture gives an idea of how large the engine compartments are!!

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And here is the port Cummins engine in place.

The people who have had the opportunity to view this boat overwhelmingly comment on how BIG it is!!

We are looking forward to taking delivery as it will provide a vast improvement in our service to the Whitsunday boating community.

Whisper Bay Boat Ramp Official Opening

On Friday, March 4, members of the Whitsunday Game Fish Club and VMR Whitsundays hosted a number of dignitaries at the Whitsunday Marine Club for the official opening of the Whisper Bay boat ramp upgrade.

boat ramp open

Report in the  Whitsunday Times

 Impromptu Dinner

As has been widely reported, we had to postpone, then cancel, the Tropicana Ball due to inclement weather making the grounds outside the Marine Club dangerous for  this event.

So, what do you do with a substantial food order which could not be cancelled at such short notice?

Simple, invite a bunch of friends to partake!   Friends, Romans, countrymen, send me your appetites! (with apologies to William Shakespeare  🙂 )

With the help of social media and email, the local community rallied and a horde of hungry folks descended on the Marine Club for an impromptu dinner for a small donation.  Seeing many of them had planned to come to the ball anyway, it was an easy decision and many came dressed in their Tropicana shirts.



A good time was had by all, and it helped to recover the cost of the food.  Win, win!

Thank you all for coming along and thank you, Linda, for a great idea.

 Man Over Board (or in these PC days, Person Over Board!)

Further to last month’s article about a potential disastrous MOB situation, this timely article has cropped up on mysailing.com.au

By John Martin, Island Cruising Association

“You’d think the most likely time someone would fall overboard at sea was in bad weather with rough seas and a pitching, heaving vessel… you’d be wrong!

There’s no question that men are more likely to go over the side than women. Now this is not, as you may have first thought, a sexist comment, but rather the nature of the male beast. There are more MOBs recovered with their fly undone than in any other state – the reason obvious. Unfortunately this action also accounts for many going over the side without a harness or anyone else on deck at the time. We’ll call that the Darwin effect.

For the rest of the unfortunate MOBs, much is down to your watch rules and the person most likely to be on deck doing the work.”

Read more Here

Some good information there.

Stay safe!!

PS:  Very sad related news issued on April 1 by the Round the World Clipper Race

Monthly Meetings are held on the first Monday of each month.


The next meeting will be this Monday, April 4.

Starting at 6.15pm, after a BBQ and drinks from the bar, the monthly meeting is held at about 7pm, giving members the opportunity to meet other members and committee member, and a chance to discuss matters of interest.

The BBQ is only $3, and drinks are reasonably priced, so come along and have your say.

Notices to mariners

Two more Notice to Mariners added in March for the local area, one about a sunken vessel at Shute Bay mooring area and one about the rear lead light in Shute Harbour being unlit.

Actually, I reckon we saw that light being unlit a number of months ago, but, well, you know, government departments do move slowly (glacierly??)  🙂

Details are available at the Qld Govt Transport website

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