A PIRATE captain and wench made landfall on the foreshore of Airlie Beach on Saturday morning where they were repelled by a gang of local pirate children.
A PIRATE captain and wench made landfall on the foreshore of Airlie Beach on Saturday morning where they were repelled by a gang of local pirate children.

Pirates promote Airlie Beach

A PIRATE captain and wench made landfall on the foreshore of Airlie Beach on Saturday morning where they were repelled by a gang of local pirate children armed with jelly cannon balls.

The bittersweet battle was captured on camera and will now be beamed across the Southern Cross television network and worldwide web to promote two of Airlie's most iconic events - the Reef Festival and Great Whitsunday Fun Race.

Reef Festival chairwoman Margie Murphy said the commercial, put together by Blue Turtle Digital with support from ChannelWhitsunday.com, was about showcasing the fun factor for this year's festival from August 16-19. "It's about putting the fun back into the festival and this year we've chosen the pirate theme to tie in with the Great Whitsunday Fun Race, which is one of the on-water events," she said.

Local sea farer and pirate impersonator Cap'n Dan Van Blarcom, who starred in the commercial, said he couldn't agree more.

"Nobody ever came to Airlie Beach because of boring old tourism statistics. This is about having fun and I'm proud to be a part of it," he said.

This year, the Great Whitsunday Fun Race and Reef Festival's annual Rotary Street Parade will both be held on Saturday August 18. The street parade will follow the theme of 'Pirates on the Reef' with categories for best business/not-for-profit organisation, best reef theme, best pirate theme and most unusual and wacky floats.

For more information contact street parade event coordinator Bronwyn Garland on 0404 438 739 or email bronz_here@hotmail.com.au. To learn more about other Reef Festival events visit www.whitsundayreeffestival.com.au and for information on the Great Whitsunday Fun Race visit www.whitsundaysailingclub.com.au.

The commercial is expected to air on Channel 10 from about August 2 onwards. It will also be on You Tube and other social media sites.


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