'Most courageous thing we can do': Airlie icon closes doors
THERE will be no more colourful spinnakers dotting Pioneer Bay on Wednesday evenings, at least for a while.
The Whitsunday Sailing Club has been forced to close in line with Federal Government regulations, meaning no more twilight sailing on Wednesday evenings and no weekend racing.
Even the Easter Regatta has been cancelled, with the club's management unable to say when the club will reopen.
The bar, food and gaming facilities ceased at midday on Monday, March 23, and staff have been stood down.
The marina, the hardstand marine training facilities and administration will remain operational for club members, for the moment.
In a statement, general manager Michael Carter said the club had been a vital part of the community since 1972.
"The very grassroots of our organisation are in supporting the community and, right now, closing our business is the most courageous thing we can do.
"We have been proud to provide first class facilities to our members and visitors and we look forward to doing that again as soon as possible."
Mr Carter said to make the most of the time while the club was closed, the team would be remodelling the club's structure, and painting and cleaning.
"And generally setting the club up to be all the better for our eventual reopening," he said.
People can keep up-to-date with the club's progress on its social media channels.