30 July 2020
Coral Sea Marina Resort announced this week a renewed platinum sponsorship for Volunteer Marine Rescue (VMR) Whitsundays, committing to another three-year sponsorship.
Coral Sea Marina Resort is now entering its second term as a Platinum sponsor after securing the naming rights on the new vessel Coral Sea Marina VMR1 during the last term. The resort’s sponsorship has assisted VMR Whitsundays in navigating their busiest period in recent years.
VMR Whitsundays has seen more activations in the last twelve months than in any other year since operations commenced, indicating a larger reliance on the services of the organisation by the boating community. Providing assistance 24 hours a day and seven days a week, VMR Whitsundays is operated by a group of approximately fifty dedicated and experienced volunteers.
Paul Darrouzet, owner Coral Sea Marina Resort, explains, “The work done by the volunteers of VMR Whitsundays is nothing short of exceptional. In a region with incredible high boat ownership rates, the service provided by the volunteers of VMR is essential to ensuring our community can continue to enjoy time at sea safely.”
Darrouzet continued, “We want boat owners to know that when they visit the Whitsundays, they have a premium marina facility to use and they can safely enjoy their time in our waters with support from VMR Whitsundays should they require it.”
VMR Whitsundays provides marine search and rescue services to the boating public and island communities. The operation is run entirely by volunteers including boat crew, radio operators, management, fundraisers and trainers. VMR Whitsundays is funded via government grants, sponsorship, fundraising and membership fees.
Mal Priday, president of VMR Whitsundays explains, “We are delighted to confirm that our Platinum Sponsor Coral Sea Marina Resort has renewed their sponsorship for another three years.
”The support includes the provision of berth spaces for both of our rescue vessels, and the continuation of naming rights for our primary vessel, Coral Sea Marina VMR1.”
“The sponsorship, generous support and assistance provided by Paul Darrouzet and the rest of his Coral Sea Marina team is outstanding. The renewal of our agreement is very pleasing to us,” said Priday.
Both VMR Whitsundays vessels are berthed at Coral Sea Marina in premium locations close to the fuel wharf, providing convenience for crews and the emergency services when speedy departure is required.
In an average year, VMR Whitsundays activate approximately ten times per month with a mixture of search and rescue, medical evacuations, tow assists, as well as assisting emergency services in emergency situations.
Membership is recommended, however, VMR Whitsundays assistance is available without membership.