The docks of the award-winning Coral Sea Marina are brimming with boating enthusiasts, including many gals taking to the helm and giving it a go.
In support of this, the Coral Sea Academy has created a series of events to educate people on the marine environment and to promote better boating practices. This includes a female focused “Women in Boating” networking event, which was held on 25th September.
The event was used by Coral Sea Marina as a platform to encourage women from all boating backgrounds to get involved, whether a seasoned yachtie, a new boat owner, or just eager to indulge on weekend getaways.
Held at Coral Sea’s Lookout Lounge, guests were treated to inspiring stories of women in the boating industry, whilst also leisurely networking and connecting over nibbles and a beverage with likeminded women.
Attendees included Women Who Sail podcaster, Nicky Voux, and Wendy Tuck, the first female skipper to win around the world yacht race, with an impressive 170,000 plus nautical miles in her logbook,.
Coral Sea Marina also welcomed the region’s very own Whitsunday Sailing Club Commodore, Heather Sutton, who spoke of how the world of sailing has shaped her life, posing the question, “Where in the world would I be without sailing?”
Kate Purdie, CEO of Coral Sea Marina, said, “When I was first appointed to my role at Coral Sea Marina several people expressed surprise – not because I come from a different country and a different industry, but because I am a woman.
“While boating has traditionally been a male dominated activity, I am pleased to say I have seen that changing even in my short time in the industry, with capable women working as dockhands right through to owning superyachts.
“Here at Coral Sea Marina, we believe everyone with a passion for boating should have the opportunity to become capable and confident on the water, and through the Coral Sea Academy we hope to play a role in inspiring women of all ages to do just that. We are grateful to these leading women in boating for dedicating their time to support our efforts.”
Uniting women in their love of the ocean, Coral Sea Marina is at the heart of the ever-evolving female boating community.