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Marine Newsletter February 2017

KARMA RESORTS ROTTNEST CHANNEL SWIM – SATURDAY 25 FEBRUARY 2017
The busiest day of Rottnest’s boating calendar is just about to happen.  If you are planning to visit the Island as a competitor, support crew or spectator this weekend please plan ahead as the influx of 2,000 plus vessels and 20,000  people pushes the Island’s resources to the limit. 

Karma Resorts Channel Swim logoTo manage the large number of vessels and ensure the safety of competitors, a number of  strategies are being used which include restrictions where vessels can access beaches and anchorage areas in Thomson Bay. Please note boating restrictions apply, visit www.rottnestisland.com/boatingnews

Here are a few tips which will make your day or stay more enjoyable at this exciting but busy time:

  • Visit the website and look at the map to see where the restrictions are.
  • Allow extra time bearing in mind the large number of vessels and restricted areas.
  • Plan in advance where you are going to moor your vessel.
  • Ensure you have the extra anchor if you intend to beach anchor.
  • Remember only ONE vessel up to 6.75m (22ft) is permitted to raft along a vessel attached to a mooring.  Any more and the Rangers will direct you to move on IMMEDIATELY.
  • If you intend to use a mooring, ensure you have arranged it with the Licensee in advance. 
  • Verbal approval from a Licensee is not authorisation.
  • Both the Hotel and Fuel Jetties are  set down and pickup only.
  • Refueling services are closed between 9.00am to 5.30pm.
  • Consider anchoring in Geordie or Longreach Bays and catching the free bus to the Settlement every 30 minutes.
  • The stars of this event are the swimmers so consider their needs first.
  • Enjoy the day but remember NO STICKER NO MOORING

CHAMPS OF THE BAY – 26 FEBRUARY 2017
Following the Karma Resorts Rottnest Channel Swim,  there is a swim for up and coming swim competitors in North Thomson Bay.  There are a number of group age events running between 9.00am and 10.30am.  The course is set in the corner between the Main Ferry and Stark Jetties.  A number of boating restrictions are Champs of the Bayin place to ensure the safety of our young competitors.  Grab a coffee and come down and show your support. Please note boating restrictions apply, visit www.rottnestisland.com/boatingnews

PORT TO PUB – SATURDAY 25 MARCH 2017
The second year of the Port to Pub race from Leighton Beach to Thomson Bay is happening on Saturday 25th March.  This developing open water race is gathering momentum and as competitor numbers and support crews grow the Island’s resources are once again stretched on the day.  

Similar vessel management strategies to the Karma Resorts Rottnest Channel Swim will apply on the day. If you are intending to compete or attend as a spectator, please plan ahead and visit www.rottnestisland.com/boatingnews for boating restrictions.

NORTH THOMSON BAY – SILTING UP
Many boaters  who use North Thomson Bay will have noticed that the area near the beach pens and the channel leading to the jetty has become shallower.  The situation has worsened in recent weeks following the heavy downpour of rain which washed a lot of sand  out through the storm water run off.  Whilst the RIA did move the outer mooring buoys out by three metres into deeper water late last year, the situation is not resolved. The RIA will continue to monitor the area, and whilst there has been some suggestion that dredging should occur, this is not currently planned.

SOLAR FARM UPDATE
The Rottnest Island Authority and Hydro Tasmania are now in the final stages of commissioning our new 600kW solar farm situated near the airport.  Energy generated from this project is linked into the Island infrastructure support system to utilise all the available power being generated. If you seek any further information about this $6.5m project, you can view the fact sheet.

URBAN MYTH – “after 6:00pm I do not have to move”
The RIA has received a number of complaints from Licensees and Authorised Users that when contacting vessels owners to move their vessels so they may gain access to their mooring, they have been met with the statement “after 6:00pm I do not have to move”. 

Any vessel accessing a mooring under the shared mooring system (SMS) must be moved within 20 minutes of a request to do so, regardless of what time of day or night it may be.  Effective operation of the SMS system absolutely relies on this simple rule.

EXTENDED STAYS - LIVE THE ISLAND LIFE...
Self contained units are now available for up to 16 week extended stays from $510 per week between Wednesday 7 June 2017 and Wednesday 20 September 2017. Discounted beach and jetty pens available when you book! For full details, visit www.rottnestisland.com/extendedstays  


ESCAPE THE BACK TO WORK BLUES
Got a case of the back to work blues? Don't fight it... Treat yourself to a short break on Rottnest Island with 20% OFF* 3-night midweek stays! *Conditions apply, visit www.rottnestisland.com/escape

ANZAC DAY
Join us as we commemorate those who have served their country with a special dawn service, followed by a free Gunfire Breakfast, free Anzac-themed activities for kids and discounted Oliver Hill Guns & Tunnel tours. Visit www.rottnestisland.com/anzacday

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • 12 March - John Farnham and Darryl Braithwaite Concert
  • 8-23 April - School Holidays Program
  • 25 March - Hotel Rottnest Port to Pub 
  • 1-2 April - The Pains Wessex Rottnest Escorted Safety Convoy
  • 25 April - ANZAC Day

For more events, visit www.rottnestisland.com/events
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