Ma­rina backs cruis­ing event

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER -

THE Whit­sun­day-based Shag Islet Cruis­ing Yacht Club (SICYC) has se­cured a new spon­sor for its an­nual Vice Com­modore Ren­dezvous from Au­gust 22-25.

Abell Point Ma­rina owner Paul Dar­rouzet has thrown his sup­port be­hind the club, join­ing Mariner Boat­ing Hol­i­days, Cum­ber­land Char­ter Yachts and Hogs Breath Aus­tralia as a ma­jor spon­sor for its Prostate Can­cer Foun­da­tion fundrais­ing event.

Mr Dar­rouzet, who is the now the vice com­modore of Sur­prise Rock, said he came across SICYC dur­ing last year’s Whit­sun­day ren­dezvous, which he at­tended on his own boat Brahms Und Listz.

“There was a lot of peo­ple hav­ing a lot of fun and that’s what boat­ing’s all about,” he said.

Just a cou­ple of weeks ago he con­tacted SICYC founder Ken Thack­eray, of­fer- ing to con­trib­ute sub­stan­tial prizes for this year’s auc­tions and raf­fles, in­clud­ing a month’s free berthing at the ma­rina.

Mr Thack­eray said he was ec­static to have Mr Dar­rouzet and his staff on board for what promised to be a mas­sive event.

“Last year we raised over $30,000 and this year we’re hop­ing for even more,” he said.

The SICYC 2013 ren­dezvous starts with a meet and greet at Montes Reef Re­sort on Thurs­day, Au­gust 22.

Fes­tiv­i­ties con­tinue with the Shag Islet party on Fri­day and Poly­ne­sian beach party on Satur­day. Sun­day’s event is a pi­rate lun­cheon at the Dingo Beach Pub with pro­ceeds do­nated to the Whit­sun­day Vol­un­teer Marine Res­cue (VMR).

For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.sicyc.org.

VICE-COM­MODORES: Abell Point Ma­rina man­ager Richard Bar­rett and owner Paul Dar­rouzet (left) and busi­ness de­vel­op­ment man­ager Luke McCaul (far right), with SICYC founder Ken Thack­eray (cen­tre). Mr Dar­rouzet and his staff have joined the club and are all now vice com­modores.

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