Club re­unites for cause

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER -

VICE com­modores from around the world are start­ing to de­scend on the Whit­sun­days ahead of the Shag Islet Cruis­ing Yacht Club (SICYC) an­nual ren­dezvous from Au­gust 22-25.

SICYC founder Ken Thack­eray presided over a spe­cial meet and greet func­tion held at the Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club (WSC) on Fri­day night.

Mr Thack­eray said this year, WSC had “re­ally got be­hind” the cruis­ers and their ren­dez- vous, which raises money for the Prostate Can­cer Foun­da­tion of Aus­tralia.

“It’s great that there’s a recog­ni­tion that cruis­ers come into the area and con­trib­ute to the econ­omy,” he said.

The SICYC was es­tab­lished four years ago on May 15 and has now grown to a club of more than 2300 mem­bers from 14 na­tions. Mr Thack­eray de­scribed it as “a so­cial net­work for cruis­ing yachties”.

The an­nual ren­dezvous started as a sim­ple get-to­gether at the club’s home lo­ca­tion near Shag Islet in the Whit­sun­days’ Glouces­ter Pas­sage. Mr Thack­eray said it was never an in­ten­tion to make money from the event but as it grew this hap­pened and “we just had to do some­thing with it”. The Prostate Can­cer Foun­da­tion was cho­sen as a wor­thy re­cip­i­ent and at last year’s ren­dezvous more than $30,000 was raised.

This year, on Au­gust 25, the ren­dezvous fundraiser at the Dingo Beach Ho­tel will also raise money for the Whit­sun­day Vol­un­teer Marine Res­cue (VMR) ser­vice.

Mr Thack­eray said this was a sign of re­spect for the ser­vice that VMR Whit­sun­day pro­vided to the cruis­ing com­mu­nity.

To join SICYC or for more in­for­ma­tion about the ren­dezvous, visit www.sicyc.org.

COM­MU­NITY SUP­PORT: Founder of the Shag In­let Cruis­ing Yacht Club (SICYC) Ken Thack­eray (cen­tre) with Whit­sun­day busi­ness spon­sors David Pad­don, Di­nah Dud­ney and Wal Rein­tals, Nigel Pem­ber­ton, and San­dra Clark and Kevin Warner showed their sup­port at the Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club on Fri­day night.

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