Club Marine, Australia’s market leader in recreational boat insurance, together with Boating Western Australia (BWA) and Rottnest Island Authority (RIA), will install 12 beach moorings at Rottnest Island, WA, a popular boating destination 10nm off Perth’s coast.
The new beach moorings will be located at Thomson Bay to the south of Hotel Jetty and at the eastern end of Geordie Bay. They are expected to be available in early March and will be free to use on the basis of ‘first in, best dressed’. The beach anchors are suitable for vessels up to 7.5m in length and can be used in lieu of anchors on the beach.
Beach anchoring points installed four years ago elsewhere in Thomson Bay by the Rottnest Island Authority have proven popular among visitors and are considered a safe and sociable way to secure a vessel, while the bay’s seagrass, vegetation and shoreline benefit from the use of these well-managed moorings.
An avid boatie who frequently cruises to Rottnest Island to enjoy the pristine beaches and secluded bays, Club Marine State Manager WA Carina Campo is pleased to support the RIA’s initiative to enhance boating safety with the installation of additional beach moorings.
“We appreciate the efforts of the Rottnest Island Authority in identifying potential safety improvements around Rottnest to help make visiting the island a safer and more pleasurable experience for boaters,” said Campo.
Club Marine CEO Simon McLean added: “At Club Marine, we’re always on the lookout for innovative ways to improve safety and protect the boating lifestyles of our members. We’re delighted to partner with the RIA and BWA in order to provide free, safe beach moorings to boaters who come to enjoy some of the most beautiful parts of Rottnest Island.”
Boating WA President Colin Lockley welcomed the initiative and emphasised the safety aspect
that beach moorings provide for smaller vessels.
“Beach moorings markedly reduce the risk for smaller boats visiting Rottnest. We could not be more pleased with this very positive safety initiative from Club Marine,” said Lockley. “The Rottnest Island Authority has been extremely supportive, and the boaters of Western Australia have gained a first-class facility – at no cost to them. Western Australia’s premiere boating destination just became more accessible and safer for all!”
More information on safe navigation to Rottnest Island and where and how to moor boats can be found at: rottnestisland.com.