Rescue boat goes to good home
THE safety of local sailors at sea has just been boosted by the donation of a fivemetre RIB rescue boat from Cruise Whitsundays to the Whitsunday Sailing Club.
Cruise Whitsundays chief executive officer Nick Hortle said he heard the club had a high demand for multi-purpose boats, frequently used for junior sailing, training, general activities and as support vessels.
“The opportunity to donate the RIB came up in a chance conversation with club officials during Airlie Race Week when they explained to us the club’s need for a rescue boat, initially to assist with junior sailing on the weekends,” Mr Hortle said.
“Cruise Whitsundays identified we had [an] RIB available that was ideally suited to this purpose,” he said.
“We are very pleased to provide the support in this way – clubs like the Whitsunday Sailing Club provide an outstanding and essential part of building and maintaining community spirit and in this particular case [it] will help introduce young people to boating in the Whitsundays in a structured and safe manner.”
David Dias, who is a member of the Whitsunday Sailing Club’s executive committee, said the donation was gratefully received.
“On behalf of club members, we thank Cruise Whitsundays for their wonderful efforts with the RIB rescue and general-purpose boat, which will assist the club greatly in day-to-day operations, courses, training and junior activities,” he said.
GENEROUS GIFT: Whitsunday Sailing Club Commodore Jim Hayes, club president Bill Mairs (far left) and executive committee member David Dias (far right) with Cruise Whitsundays chief executive officer Nick Hortle (centre right), who has donated a five-metre RIB rescue boat to the club.