MEETING OF MINDS: 100 Magic Miles author David Colfelt and illustrator Carolyn Colfelt (right) caught up with Whitsunday historian Ray Blackwood and his wife Mavis Blackwood at La Tabella Trattoria last week.
MEETING OF MINDS: 100 Magic Miles author David Colfelt and illustrator Carolyn Colfelt (right) caught up with Whitsunday historian Ray Blackwood and his wife Mavis Blackwood at La Tabella Trattoria last week.

Update is underway for our boating bible

THE author of the definitive guide to boating in the Whitsundays returned to the region last month on a fact-finding trip.

The 10th edition of David Colfelt's 100 Magic Miles is expected to hit the shelves of local newsagencies and charter operators' offices in July or August of 2014.

David and his wife Carolyn, who illustrates the book, now live in Berry, New South Wales, but travel to the Whitsundays every year to keep abreast of updates for the book and its associated website.

While they were here last month, the couple also caught up with Whitsunday historian Ray Blackwood and his wife Mavis.

Ray Blackwood, an author himself, once collaborated with David on a publication called The Whitsunday Book.

Likewise, David assisted Ray with "some of the donkey work" for his Whitsunday historical encyclopaedia, which is still available on disc at the Proserpine Museum.

David and Carolyn said on this visit, the most noticeable differences were changes at the island's resorts and the upgrade to the Airlie main street. "We have chapters about the island resorts and all of those have either changed hands or closed down or been refurbished since we last published," David said.

"There's also been a few changes at the marinas, which yachties are obviously interested in," he said.

100 Magic Miles was first published in 1985. The book is a cruising and boating guide, working reference and general introduction to the Great Barrier Reef. For more information visit http://www.100magicmiles.com.


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