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Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY VIEWS -

IT’S amaz­ing how much you can bond with peo­ple in a very short time.

The Clipper fleet was only here for just over a week but, boy, did they make an im­pres­sion.

The buzz that em­anated from the Abell Point Ma­rina was in­fec­tious – you couldn’t visit the place and not get in­volved.

Whether it was through par­tic­i­pat­ing in one of the many sched­uled events or sim­ply by tak­ing in the view from the bi­cen­ten­nial walk­way, there was plenty to draw you in.

I have to con­fess feel­ing quite emo­tional when the Clipper crews slipped their lines on Mon­day morn­ing and headed out into Pi­o­neer Bay.

Sud­denly there were empty berths where pre­vi­ously there had been such a spec­ta­cle and all was quiet where there had been so much ac­tiv­ity and back­ground noise.

Hap­pily the feel­ing of empti­ness didn’t last very long, soon to be re­placed with the ex­cite­ment of the Pa­rade of Sail.

De­spite the weather it was a great send off for the fleet.

Back on dry land and in the af­ter­math, the feed­back has been in­cred­i­bly pos­i­tive, from the busi­ness peo­ple who reaped the fi­nan­cial ben­e­fits to the mem­bers of the com­mu­nity who shared in a life-chang­ing event.

Air­lie Beach owes a debt of grat­i­tude to ev­ery­one who worked to bring the Clipper fleet here and all those who worked so hard to make their stay as en­joy­able as it was.

Thoughts are al­ready turn­ing to the 2017–18 event and there is a strong pos­si­bil­ity the race could come back.

Wouldn’t it be great to have this on the cal­en­dar again.

Sharon Small­wood


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