Whitsundays here we come!

Club Marine member, John Platt of Capel, just south of Perth, must have thought we were calling about his boat insurance when we first tried to contact him, such was the cryptic nature of the message we left with his unsuspecting wife, Robyn.

“Robyn and I could not stop laughing the first day. I thought you were ringing me to tell me there was something wrong with my insurance!”

But we were, of course, bearers of welcome news: John’s name had been drawn out of the barrel of over 86,674 subscribers who were all in the draw to win Club Marine’s Six of the Best! ultimate island escape prize to the incredible Whitsunday Islands.

“Our first experience of sailing a sizeable yacht was about 10 years ago in a mate’s Roberts Offshore,” said John. “Following that, we bought Oyster, a Cole 26. She’s very nice, lovely for day cruising around Geographe Bay. But for the past couple of years I’ve been busy and with a few other things on our plate as well, the Oyster has not had a lot of attention.”

What better way to refresh their sailing skills than by spending five days exploring the many islands, reefs and beaches of the Whitsundays aboard a fully-equipped charter boat from Queensland Yacht Charters.

“I work in major projects with the WA government; my wife Robyn is a retired hairdresser and – until they left home a few years ago – was a full-time mum to a couple of boys. We also run a small business manufacturing the best massage oils in WA.

“So, what a fantastic thing this offer of cruising the Whitsundays is! Being ‘forced’ to take a break and go sailing … unbelievable. Thank you Club Marine and thanks for a great magazine!”

All readers need to do to be in the draw for one of the two remaining Six of the Best! ultimate prizes is ensure they have a current subscription to Club Marine at the time the issue goes to print.

In the June/July issue, readers are invited to relax and indulge in a little slow-paced cruising on Victoria’s beautiful Gippsland Lakes, where they can soak up a dose of tranquility as the Club Marine team takes them on a cruise around one of Australia’s most beautiful protected waterways. The winner of this prize will be announced in the August/September edition.

Six of the Best! winners John and Robyn Platt
Six of the Best! winners John and Robyn Platt.

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