Res­cue boat goes to good home

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER -

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.

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