Welcome to Shag Islet club for meet
MORE than 100 sailors packed into the Whitsunday Sailing Club on Friday night as the venue officially welcomed the Shag Islet Cruising Yacht Club.
Each year the SICYC comes to the Whitsundays for a rendezvous in the Gloucester Passage.
“As we arrive in the Whitsundays the sailing club welcomes the SICYC vice-commodores to the region with a buffet and music,” club founder Ken Thackeray explained.
“The (Whitsunday Sailing Club) commodore welcomes us and they give us honorary/temporary mem- bership for our time here.
“It’s wonderful that the sailing club caters for us. We bring large numbers and probably put a fair bit into the local economy because we’re cruising yachties.”
Members from as far as Melbourne, Tasmania, Sydney and Brisbane attended Friday night’s welcome and will now stay here for the rest of the winter, before heading back south in October.
Thackeray said about 110-120 members packed the sailing club on Friday night, which was roughly on par with last year’s equivalent.
“It was a wonderful night and it has been a wonderful event sponsored by the sailing club for over four or five years,” he said.
“It is appreciated by our members and it acts as a symbolic welcome to the Airlie Beach region.”
The welcome was enhanced by the fact this year’s Whitsunday Reef Festival started on the same night, meaning SICYC members were treated to the fireworks show from the deck of the sailing club and then were able to get in the thick of the Main Street Party.
WELCOME: Gavin "Butto" Butlin welcomes the SICYC and Ken Thackeray to the Whitsunday Sailing Cub on Friday night.