Solo yacht icon gets be­hind #go­b­are­boat­ing

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS - Peter Car­ruthers Peter.Car­ruthers@ news­re­gional­me­

SAILING roy­alty in the form of Jes­sica Wat­son has been on the wa­ter in the Whit­sun­days aboard a bare­boat.

She has lent her sta­tus as the youngest per­son to cir­cum­nav­i­gate the globe solo and unas­sisted to the Whit­sun­day bare­boat in­dus­try in the wake of Cy­clone Deb­bie.

Whit­sun­day Es­cape, Queens­land Yacht Char­ters, Whit­sun­day Rent A Yacht, Char­ter Yachts Aus­tralia and Cum­ber­land Char­ter Yachts are known col­lec­tively as #Go­B­are­boat­ing.

And now Tourism Whit­sun­days and #Go­B­are­boat­ing have com­bined to send a clear mes­sage to would-be ad­ven­ture seek­ers about com­ing to the Whit­sun­day.

“We are all up and run­ning. Ob­vi­ously it is look­ing a little bit dif­fer­ent but we invite peo­ple to come up here and visit,” said se­nior con­sul­tant for Queens­land Yacht Char­ters, Tineke Vrind.

Jes­sica Wat­son said she loved the Whit­sun­days and jumped at the chance to pro­mote the iconic sailing des­ti­na­tion.

“It’s an amazing place to be and I will be telling other boat­ies about the fact this is a re­ally great op­por­tu­nity to ex­pe­ri­ence the Whit­sun­days,” she said.

Ms Wat­son said she had spent a lot of time in the Whit­sun­days and her mind con­jured fond mem­o­ries of an idyl­lic seas­cape.

ALL ABOARD: #go­b­are­boat­ing mem­bers.

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