February 17

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RayFrom the President’s Desk

The failure of a VMR1 gearbox on Boxing Day could not have come at a worse time with Neil from Whitsunday Yamaha on a cruise and Hawkes Boatyard closed for the holiday period.

However, we were fortunate to have Justin from Airlie Outboard Services and Chris from Hawkes come to our rescue and I would also like to thank the members of the club who assisted.

We were lucky that the good weather during the time of our breakdown helped avoid a demand on our services but Brett Norris from the water police advised us that they assisted in three medivacs for the Queensland Ambulance Service.

We managed to get VMR1 back in to the water on the afternoon of Friday, January 20, just in time for a weekend of beautiful boating weather.

As I sat in the radio room on Saturday morning, the boat ramp was very busy so I expected an activation over the weekend, and sure enough, VMR1 was called out on Sunday evening.

Channel 81 repeater is still down but the charter boats are using channel 86 which is on Mt Robinson on Whitsunday Island and covers the southern anchorages.

We started the year off at our first committee meeting with a few decisions made and tasks assigned to the various members of the management committee.

Upcoming events for VMR:

Friday 3rd February                Northern Zone meeting at the VMRW base, 7 pm

Sunday 5th February               VMR Sunday music session, 2 pm start

Monday 6th February             VMRW members monthly meeting, 6 pm

VMRW is also going to be involved in a Search & Rescue Exercise, along with a number of emergency services.  This event is due to be held from Friday through to Sunday on either on the first or second weekend of March; details to be finalised soon.

Regards, Ray Lewis


The Whitsunday Marine Club building is commonly known as “The VMR” by locals, but ownership is shared by VMR and Whitsunday Game Fish Club.

Its reconstruction and renovation is now complete following extensive works to its lawns and surroundings, sealing of the car park and an internal repaint.

We have appointed a new Marine Club Manager, Gail, who has added a new dimension to the Club’s professional operation.


The Marine Club is an ideal location for birthday celebrations, weddings, meetings, professional gatherings or any occasion.

The seaside location is equally suited to a club or professional meeting or seminar, or any other event where your guests can enjoy the amazing beauty of the Coral Sea.

There is plenty of free parking and all paths and roadways have been re-established.

Do you need help with planning an event? Just call Gail on 0400 465 252 or by email at info@marineclub.com – you will be surprised by the low rental cost. Gail can help you with contacts for wedding planners, caterers, musicians, even jumping castles.


Help Required

Speaking of the Marine Club:

Do you have  book keeping skills and would like to donate 2-3 hours per month of your time, helping with some of the treasurers duties for the Whitsunday Marine Club?

If you are able to help, please ring 0410 013 881 for further information.


January’s VMR Music Sunday was not held as it would have been on New Year’s Day, but it returns next Sunday, 5th February, from 2.00pm to 6.00pm.

jenni music day.jpg

Undoubtedly Jenni will have a great line up of fantastic bands again, so come along, have a few drinks, enjoy the BBQ and the wonderful view over Whisper Bay.

No Parking problems and free entry at VMR MUSIC SUNDAYS

Like the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/vmrmusicsundays/

Monthly Meetings

are held on the first Monday of each month.

The next meeting will be next Monday, February 6.


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 members, 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

There are four new notices to mariners for our region since the last Samson Post.

One is about jetty maintenance at Day Dream Island, a couple are about unlit beacons at Shute Harbour and Pioneer Rocks, and one about the jetty at South Molle Island being demolished.

Details of all notices are available at the Qld Govt Transport website

Where is our new rescue vessel?

We often get asked when we are going to get our new Noosa Cat rescue vessel, and unfortunately we still really don’t know.

The holdup seems to be mostly due to survey requirements.

A pity we couldn’t just have ordered one of these Shannon Class Lifeboats from the UK.  They seem to be well sorted and very, very capable!

6 minute YouTube video of its features

And a capsize test

Thanks to Geoff Smith for the heads up on these

Link to latest Dec 16 Activations reports and Jan 17 Activations reports

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