Club reunites for cause
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.