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New Years Eve 2012 Sydney Harbour

Raft up on Sydney Harbour ready for the New Years Eve Fireworks

Waiting for the light show to start.



Whitsundays ’08


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1/10/2008 5 boats rendezvoused at Airlie Beach on Wednesday the 24th September and after shopping on Friday and a pleasant dinner at the nearby hotel with Peter and Ann Hewitt (who were holidaying at Airlie with friends), 3 boats – Sea Tong (Chis & Val Hall), Karalyn 2 (Jeremy & Karen Bowler) and Free Spirit (Robert Shrimpton) – put into the water to answer a distress call from Two Can Tango (John & Lyn Shearer) who had been on the water for the previous week but had suffered a mechanical failure and had been emergency towed into Tongue Bay on the north east end of Whitsunday Island…..
Akuna Bay 2007

Akuna Bay ’07

What can I say? If you want it to rain the just organize an outing with your boats. Thankfully a little rain never dampens the Whittley Spirit for a good time and one could not complain about what was on offer to one and all.

A very BIG thank you must go to John & Lyn Scherer and their helpers for the work and efforts that made this weekend a success.

You would have to agree that Saturdays events were all about what we do “Boating”.

To John Hunt for happy hour and his crew many thanks for the continued support from all that is contributed to the event is what makes this club work so well.

To Neville Whittley and his family thank you for joining us, and giving your time so generously to the members to chat about their boats and the new 2800 that was on display.

Judging by the feed back and comments all went well and all had a good time.

Till next year enjoy the outings and the good times.

Commodore Pete


Whitsundays 2007

Whitsundays ’07

Ahhh, The Whitsundays.

It was that time of year for the migration to the Whitsundays.

Lynette and I arrived at Meridien Marinas Able Point Airlie beach on Sunday 23rd of September. We were greeted by Don and Jan Fraser from Victoria who had arrived a day earlier. We had a total of 5 boats, 3 from Vic and 2 from NSW. From Vic were Don and Jan Fraser, Paul and Rhonda Deipenau with grand daughter Brooke , John and Christine Clark, and from NSW were Peter and Sue Denton, Lynette and myself.

After meeting everyone we had Happy hour on the marina that night. Monday the 24th we all headed for Hamilton Island early because the wind was picking up. Arriving at Hamilton Island early, we waited inside Gulnar Inlet until we could get our berths on the marina.

We had fantastic weather for the 2 weeks we were there. In the days to follow, we went for trips to Whitehaven beach, Chalkies beach, Hook Island and around Hayman Island. For those who haven’t been before, I think they were blown away with the area.

Paul and Rhonda chose to do day trips only, but the rest of us stayed over night in various bays such as Nara Inlet and Dugong Inlet where we swam and had happy hour each day. After 10 days John and Christine, Paul, Rhonda and Brook headed for home.

The rest of us headed south for Lindeman and Shaw islands. It was fantastic because we haven’t been that way before. Going south for some reason saw the introduction of THE MARCH FLY. They were huge, but we all managed to fight them off. Again each day swimming and happy hour was the go.

The last day on Hamilton Island saw us going on a trip to Bait Reef on a charter boat for the day. The water was crystal clear and the reef magnificent. This just made our trip complete.

The next day we all headed back to Shute Harbour to collect our cars and trailers, pack up and start the trip back home.

The trip was a huge success and we look forward in doing it again.

See you on the water next time.

Garry and Lynette – Signed On 4

Myall Lakes 2007

Myall Lakes ’07

Late on Christmas day saw ‘Victory’, ‘To the Max’ & ‘Independent Princess’ putting in at Nerong and staying in the first bay until morning when we were joined by ‘Signed on 4′ mid morning.

Gary thought “Ann never rests” and she had the washing done early, until we told him of Peter’s night swim, fully clothed courtesy of ‘Larry Light Foot’ [‘To the Max’ Ray]. All was forgiven I think after we all laughed till we cried.

Boxing Day saw us have lunch and a few drinks at Legs Camp and staying the night there, the following day we went to Shelleys for the night and then travelled up to Naranie Sands were we met up with Ray & Margaret Moase, ‘Old Legend’ & ‘C-Nest’ in their recently purchased cruisemaster. Carol woke each morning to tell all that she loves her new boat, good on you Carol!

After a fabulous day swimming we enjoyed some social sippies and nibbles, then a communal baked dinner was prepared and enjoyed by each boat.

We were also joined by ‘Duz us 2′ & Ed, Tanya & the family for some water skiing. It was great to see so many people out and about enjoying the fantastic weather we were blessed with.

Thanks to Ray Moase for his chairs, table and umbrella we were all able to stay cool and enjoy a few refreshments.


Smiths Creek NYE 2007

New Years Eve, Smiths Creek ’07

Saw‘Signed on 4’, ‘Victory’ & ‘To The Max’ leave the Myall Lakes and travel south to the Hawkesburyafter replenishing the supplies at Raymond Terrace we arrived at Smiths Creek were we rafted up with ‘Two Can Tango’, ‘The Palace’, ‘C-Vue’, ‘Herway’ & ‘Loco’ [Glad to see you up and about Gramme don’t over do it]. ‘Independent Princess’ rejoined us after going to work for 3 hours and Rob for a full day, a bit of planning needs to be done here.

A very joyous night was had on NYE up the creek. New Years day was a very sobering day not a lot of activity at all, but life was fully restored by the 2nd .

With several short day trips out to charge batteries saw lunch in Akuna Bay, swimming in Refuge Bay and some Crabbing, Garry you win with 5 yummy crabs. Also a spot of fishing after ‘Denis the minister is rod repairs and tackle’ done his thing, a waste of good bait as the catch of the day evaded us with only the three children being caught and thrown back.

Friday saw‘Signed on 4’ & ‘Loco’ leave to go home& ‘C-Vue’ & ‘To The Max’ go up to Berowra Waters for the night. While sitting back relaxing we were set upon by some fellow boaties from Berowra and they kidnapped the women only [Great Taste Guys] and taken to their boats where we were given only liquid refreshments, nice drop to thank you.We were soon rescued when the boys realized they had not been fed, we now know why they married us.

By Sunday life was to be transformed back to the working mode and seen us all pulling out after a wonderful 2 weeks on the water.

Thank You for a fantastic time.

Happy & Safe Boating
‘To The Max’


New Years Eve 2007 Sydney Harbour

New Years Eve, Sydney Harbour ’07

It was good to see a few Whitley boats congregate on Farm cove, for the NYE fireworksWe (James D) Peter & Sue arrived a day earlier and spent the night in Tamborine bay. Another one of the Whitley Club joined us (Silky) David & Grace. The next morning New Years Eve, we made our way to Farm cove and dropped anchor just inside the boundary buoys. It was too rough to raft up and motion sickness pills helped make it a wonderful day. Once we settled in for the day, we opened a bottle of bubbly to celebrate the coming of 2008. At 1pm, the cannon went off on Fort Denison, and the air force put on an aerial display.

(It’ll do) Robert and Pat arrived later in the day, by the time night fell, the seas were calmer, after dark several ferries and sailboats were decorated, and they cruised around the harbour. Music livened up the cove, from the party going on at the opera house. The fireworks were spectacular as usual, and everyone had a great time. Eventually around 1am, we cruised back to Tambourine bay for a sleep.

Happy Boating
James D