Welcome to Shag Islet club for meet

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER -

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.

Photo: Kea­gan Ryan

WELCOME: Gavin "Butto" But­lin wel­comes the SICYC and Ken Thack­eray to the Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Cub on Fri­day night.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.