A ro­man­tic end to week

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER -

SEV­ERAL hun­dred peo­ple at the Air­lie Beach Race Week pre­sen­ta­tions on Fri­day night wit­nessed a pub­lic mar­riage pro­posal be­tween two mem­bers of the sailling com­mu­nity.

Dan White, who co-owns lo­cal boat Riff Raff, asked for the mi­cro­phone and pro­posed to crew mem­ber and part­ner Nikki Ab­bott.

An emo­tional Nikki ac­cepted the pro­posal in front of ev­ery­one. She said this week that it was a real sur­prise, as Dan did not usu­ally like pub­lic speak­ing. “It was just so out of char­ac­ter,” she said. The cou­ple met while liv­ing in the Whit­sun­days and have been to­gether for about four and a half years.

Al­though Nickki was never in­volved with sail­ing prior to meet­ing Dan, she has now be­come a keen yachtie and is a reg­u­lar crew mem­ber and skip­per on Riff Raff. The pro­posal was a great end to the week, where Riff Raff was the only lo­cal boat to win their di­vi­sion in race week and also won the best dressed boat in the Great Whit­sun­day Fun Race on Satur­day.

RACE WEEK RO­MANCE: Dan White pro­posed to his part­ner Nikki Ab­bott on stage at the Air­lie Beach Race Week pre­sen­ta­tions on Fri­day night.

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