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KARRAGARRA YACHT CLUB UP AND RUNNING AGAIN AFTER COVID HAITUS The Karragarra Yacht Club is back up and running. The yacht club, which is famous for its lack of yachts and social activities, has been in the doldrums for the past two years as a result of the strict Covid 19 restrictions. The yacht club with a difference announced its post-Covid beginnings with a Octoberfest event down at the covered facilities opposite the famous Karra Beach. Around 80 islanders and friends turned up for the event that offered a great communal lunch along with some great music from Ellie Hart and some fund-raising fun with plenty of social raffles and a lucky door prize. Previous Commodore Keith Turner is back at ‘the helm’ with Yvonne Oliver the new secretary, elected at the 2022 annual general meeting. Len Hurkmans is the vice-commodore and the treasurer is Barry Luke. Island representatives are Don McMillan for Karragarra and Anne Smith from Lamb Island. The committee is yet to appoint representatives for Macleay and Russell Islands. Yvonne Oliver told the Friendly Bay Islander that the Octoberfest social event was ‘long overdue’. The Karragarra Yacht Club has held some spectacular events on the island over the years. Their Melbourne Cup day events have always been popular and they are well remembered for the brilliant Karra Ball held on the beach back in May 2014. The latter event was attended by the Navy band playing the music for the night. Commodore Keith Turner hopes to bring back many of these social events, along with the annual sail-pasts and Blessing of the Fleet. “It has been tough over the past few years with the restrictions and bans on social activity. “It is great that there is now some normality coming back into our lives. “Anyway, the Karragarra Yacht Club will be playing its part,” he said.

• Commodore Keith Turner and secretary Yvonne Oliver with MP for Redlands Kim Richards with the famous Dolphins on Karra Beach!