Boats in the Maritimo Muster leave Urangan Harbour at 7.30am.
Boats in the Maritimo Muster leave Urangan Harbour at 7.30am. Alistair Brightman

Maritimo Muster stops at Fraser

AND OFF they sailed – not quite into the sunset – but into the distance with Gladstone their next port of call.

Fifteen luxury cruisers departed Hervey Bay’s Great Sandy Straits Marina yesterday morning after docking on the Fraser Coast the previous evening.

This was the fourth visit to the marina of the annual Maritimo Muster, which started with 20 cruisers in Sydney.

More are expected to join the rally at Gladstone as owners try out a spot of long-distance luxury cruising.

“They’re magnificent-looking boats,” said Helen Fielding, co-manager of Great Sandy Straits Marina.

“They’re worth millions of dollars.”

She said members of the delegation enjoyed the Fraser Coast experience.

“Most of them hadn’t been up here before,” she said.

“It’s a lot of work to book them all in but our aim is to give them a very good experience, to build up their confidence, and hopefully they will come back.”

The jaunt along the waves reaches its end at Hamilton Island.



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