New marina arm for sailing club
MEMBERS of the Whitsunday Sailing Club (WSC) are keenly anticipating the formal hand-over of a new 28-berth marina arm at Port of Airlie.
Though an official date has not yet been set, WSC president Bob Fenney said the handover was expected to happen within a matter of weeks, marking a milestone for both the sailing club and Port of Airlie development.
“It has been a long time coming and the club is excited to work with Port of Airlie to enhance the marine industry in the Whitsunday region,” Mr Fenney said.
Mr Fenney said the project was first conceived in 1994, when the club owned the seabed lease for what was then Muddy Bay.
“Obviously we were never able to finance a development of this magnitude and other people were, so we’ve traded our seabed lease for the right to have a marina finger and a block of land,” he explained.
“Fostering sailing in the community is something which is close to our hearts and Port of Airlie has offered full support throughout this development,” he said.
Port of Airlie general manager Andrew Forster said it would be “an exciting and historic day” for both the sailing club and Port of Airlie when the official hand-over took place.
“What was once a far away dream, that one day the WSC would have its own arm of berths is now reality,” he said.
“Everyone involved with the Port of Airlie is looking forward to a great ongoing relationship with the WSC. Bob, his committee and all the members will be very proud of this new facility.”
Known as ‘I’ arm, the project is a joint development between Port of Airlie and the sailing club and will include 12 and 18 metre berths.
NEW ASSET: Whitsunday Sailing Club president Bob Fenney beside the club's new 28-berth marina arm at Port of Airlie, which is due to be handed over in a matter of weeks.