Easter weather enjoyed
Most long time locals will say that Whitsunday often gets rainy, windy 'Easter weather' but not this Easter weekend.
Fabulous weather for everyone except sailors a the Whitsunday Sailing Club Easter Regatta who could have used a bit more wind, not that it cramped their style much with the regatta going off in fine style.
With a fleet of cruise ships lining up in Pioneer Bay to enjoy Airlie - roadworks and all - the Lions Markets are looking like a Beach Bazaar with near permanent tent souk city.
Local traders would have had their hands busy with what looked like a bonus crowd maxing out the parking and filling the footpaths. Ditto for the Lagoon.
The new boat ramp at Port of Airlie was full to overflowing with a long weekend of flat seas and full moon meaning all the best that Whitsunday and the Great Barrier Reef have to offer was there to enjoy.
It is easy to see why we can put up with living here in paradise.
Dear friends and writing colleagues Ian 'Stripey' Grant and his "child bride" wife of some 53 years Marie both passed away in recent weeks, so it is fitting that their ashes will be scattered together on the water they spent their life on and near.
The couple's oldest son, Mark, said the double loss had hit the family hard, but it was "comforting to know they're going to be together".
I had the pleasure of their friendship for many years and enjoyed working with them at sailing events.
Ian's childhood nickname came from the blue and white striped pyjamas he got at a Brisbane orphanage.
For almost seventy-years, whether writing about a sailing weekend with kids or the Olympics, their smiling faces and encyclopaedia-like knowledge of the sport made them firm companions to all who came in contact with them.
We will all miss their familiar faces at both Hamilton Island and Airlie Beach Race Week regattas, events they covered since they began. Their many friends will have a QLD quiet little drink in their memory.
Fair winds you two.
Dent Island Light Plan
The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and the Australian Maritime Safety Authority have prepared a draft Dent Island Lightstation Heritage Management Plan. The plan describes the Dent Island Lightstation heritage values and proposes measures to ensure those values are managed and protected.
A trend emerging with the International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend in August is to find a lighthouse location that has not previously been activated by amateur radio.
While organisers of the friendly annual event like to see amateur stations returning year after year to the same location, it's pleasing that some new lighthouses or those not registered for some time, being included.
Already quite a few enquiries around the world have been received about new lights, lightships and maritime beacons.
In the Port Douglas area of Queensland Australia two lighthouses dating back to the 1870s, are to be heard for the first time.
The International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend takes place on the weekend of August 17/18. www.illw.net for info or to register.
In a bizarre incident, a Chinese fisherman caught a squid that was discovered to be concealing a live bomb.
The bloated looking squid was caught off the coast of the Guangdong province in China and taken to the fish market in Jiaoling County.
Only when the cephalopod was cleaned at the market, was it revealed that there was in fact a live bomb inside it that could detonate at any moment if handled improperly, according to China Daily.
"This sort of squid lives close to the shore and normally makes a meal of small fish and prawns," the discoverer Mr. Huang, told Guangzhou Daily newspaper.
Local police suggested that the rusted bomb may have been dropped by a fighter jet, but its age was unknown. After Huang called Chinese authorities about the bomb's discovery, it was promptly taken away by police to perform a controlled explosion.
Macona Inlet, Hook Island - Mariners are advised that the destroyed lighted starboard lateral mark beacon Fl G 2.5s, which marks the entrance into Macona Inlet at Hook Island, has been re-established in the position of latitude 20° 10.308' S, longitude 148° 55.138' E. The lighted buoy temporarily established to mark the destroyed beacon has been withdrawn. AUS charts 252 & 824
Fair winds to Ye!