Easter Regatta 2010 this weekend
It's that time of year again, Easter in Airlie Beach means some terrific small boat racing on the waters of Pioneer Bay.
"The Easter Regatta is open to all classes of off-beach boat - junior, senior, one hull and two. So, whether you sail a Corsair, Laser, 125, 49er, Sabot, Opti, Nacra, Hobie, Foiling Moth - or one of a hundred other classes of boat, we'd love to see you there!" say Whitsunday Sailing Club organisers.
"This year we're again incorporating the Queensland State Tasar Titles, so for those of you planning to head to the Nationals here in July it will be a great opportunity to get a feel for the local conditions.
Full details of the Regatta and details, how to enter and where you can stay in Airlie Beach are available on the official Easter Regatta website. www.easterregatta.com.au
Two million and rising
The number and cost of insurance claims for boats and other watercraft damaged as a result of Cyclone Ului are rising quickly, according to Club Marine Insurance.
Greg Fisher, CEO of Club Marine, said "we have received 25 claims to a value of about $2 million dollars so far but expect this to increase over coming days."
According to Mr Fisher, "in anticipation of claims being received as a result of the cyclone, we pre-hired some cranes on Friday so that we could move quickly to remove damaged boats from the water after the storm passed.
Plastiki, a 60-foot catamaran made entirely out of recyclable and recycled materials, including 12,500 plastic bottles, has departed San Francisco heading to Australia with the first planned stop The Line Islands, southwest of Hawaii.
The dream of environmentalist and adventurer David de Rothschild, Plastiki is a unique vessel-with-a-mission inspired by Thor Heyerdahl's epic 1947 expedition, The Kon-Tiki.
It's about recognizing that waste is fundamentally a design flaw, it does not appear in nature. It's about re-thinking waste as a resource.
The six-person crew enjoyed a farewell flotilla of 'Frisco Bay boats that sent them off in style.
Cyclone Ului caused a far bit of damage, so mariners need to be aware that navigation aids may not be working.
Schooner Rock, north of St Bees Island - the north cardinal mark beacon Q is destroyed. AUS charts 251 & 824
Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday Island - Mariners are advised that the north cardinal mark beacon Q at the southern end of Whitehaven Beach on has been destroyed. AUS charts 252 & 253
Nara Inlet Entrance, Hook Island, Mariners are advised that the port lateral mark beacon Fl R 2.5s which marks the entrance to Nara Inlet, has been destroyed. Remnants of the beacon remain and are exposed at low tide and covered at high tide. Mariners are advised to use extreme caution when transiting the entrance.
Seaforth Island - Mariners are advised that the light Fl (9) 15s on the South Western side of Seaforth Island has been reported as unlit. Mariners should use caution in this vicinity.
AUS charts 254 & 824
Hayman Channel, The Narrows & South Channel - The Whitsunday Group
Mariners are advised that the following aids to navigation in the Hayman Island area have been either damaged or destroyed:
the south cardinal mark beacon Q(6)+L Fl 15s which marks Langford Reef
the green starboard lateral mark beacon Fl G 4s which marks Hayman Reef
the green starboard lateral mark beacon Fl G 2.5s which marks Hayman Reef
the green starboard lateral mark buoy Fl G 6s which marks Hayman Reef
Mariners are advised to use caution when navigating in the vicinity. Remnants of the destroyed structures may remain. AUS charts 252, 254 & 825 Mariners should use caution when navigating in the vicinity.
Fair winds to Ye!