UP AND RUNNING: Kathryn Farrell behind the bar at the Keppel Bay Sailing Clubhouse that has reopened its doors after ex-cyclone Marcia hit the Capricorn Coast in February.
UP AND RUNNING: Kathryn Farrell behind the bar at the Keppel Bay Sailing Clubhouse that has reopened its doors after ex-cyclone Marcia hit the Capricorn Coast in February. Chris Ison Rokcsailing

Damage caused by Marcia at Keppel Bay Sailing Club fixed

IT'S been a long seven months for Julie Strudwick and her team at Keppel Bay Sailing Club, but they're finally getting back to normal as their beachfront clubhouse reopened last week.

Their three buildings, including the Spinnaker and Krackers Bowls Club, suffered significant damage from ex-cyclone Marcia that struck in February.

Opening to the public from Thursday last week, Julie said there was still a bit of work to be done on the outside of the building.

"I'm really pleased for the staff that we're able to open the clubhouse now, they've done a tremendous effort," she said.

"There's still a bit back-of-house stuff that needs to be done over the next couple of months but we'll be opening for functions and weddings again."

Working to reopen the clubhouse for the past two-and-a-half months, Julie said walls, floors and ceilings needed replacing after water inundation destroyed a lot of the inside of the venue.

"I think opening will be a fairly emotional night," Julie said last week.

"The staff have had to do a lot of things that weren't in their job description.

"We've managed to keep all of our staff on and we've also put on five school-based trainees.

"Our chefs have had more training as well, so the quality of the food at the Spinnaker has gone up."

Julie said she wanted to thank the community for its ongoing support of the club.



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