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This month our lovely Brooke turned 21! Brooke is a real rock in our team. She takes care of Ben (and the rest of us), she does Shipyard accounts, looks after our Chandlery supplies, and much more. Happy Birthday from all of us Brooke.

Featured Marina Patron - Brian Gray, Instinct
Brian is one of our favorites, he even has his own mailbox, we asked him the following questions: 
What's your favorite thing about the Mackay Marina?
It's the best place to be, good Shelia's in the office.
What's your favorite boating spot?
3 rocks, 10 Mile from Bailey Island.
You've been boating a long time, any pro tips?
Do your maintenance!

New Look Website
We are happy to announce that our new look website is up an running. Book a berth online, check out our rates marina and shipyard rates. Take a look and let us know what you think!

What's on?
Marina Markets
21 September
Marina BBQ's
9th and 23rd September

The best medicine
What are the most dangerours vegetables on a boat?
Should you call the police if you see a boat moored stern in?
Yes, its being held to transom.

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Mackay Marina Newsletter

August 2014

I would like to start the newsletter by apologising for the bad weather, I promise you all it wasn't our fault. This week though, we are welcoming the beautiful North Queensland weather, blue skies and blue water. This month we have been happy to welcome lots of new boaties who have been making us jealous with stories of whale sightings! We also farewelled our World Arc Rally guests with much sadness, but await updates from them about their journeys ahead. 

Words with Ben
Another successful racing season in the Whitsundays is completed, it has been great seeing familiar faces passing through once again. This, on top of our cruising season and international rally, has made for a busy season which has been great.
Many of you may be heading to the Shag Island rendezvous of which we are proud supporters of. Don’t forget to stop in on your way south and take advantage of our cruising season specials, along with our friendly hospitality.

Farewell World Arc 2014
As quick as the World Arc Rally arrived it seemed like they were gone! It was a fantastic experience for our team to meet crews from all over the world. Mackay was a much needed stop for the rally participants as some boats hadn't got stores in 10 months. We will miss the crew but are very excited to announce that the Arc Rally will now be passing through annually. For more information, or to keep up to date visit their website

Marina BBQ sizzling sausages
Our fortnightly BBQ's have really been a hit! We've had music, laughs and last week we cooked a record breaking 10kgs of sausages. This week's BBQ has been postponed until tomorrow (27/08/2014). So come along, meet the staff and get to know your neighbors.   

Know your Knots - Cleat Hitch
1. Take a turn around the base of the cleat, and then bring the line over the top of the cleat.
2. Wrap the line back under the arm of the cleat opposite the first turn, then back over the top of the cleat.
3. Wrap under the first arm a 2nd time and then back over the top of the cleat. You have now made a figure eight pattern over and around the cleat. Now form an under hand loop and slip that loop over the arm of the cleat, which pins the free end under the last wrap.
4. Pull the free end tight and you have the neat, tidy and secure Cleat Hitch.

Thanks for all your suggestions. Until next month, Mackay Marina staff over and out.