Ramp up to 2015 SI Ren­dezvous

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER -

PREPA­RA­TIONS are now in full swing for the Shag Islet Cruis­ing Yacht Club Ren­dezvous, held in the Glouces­ter Pas­sage an­nu­ally in the last week­end of Au­gust.

SICYC mem­bers from all over the world, or “Shag­gers” as they are af­fec­tion­ately known, are ar­riv­ing in the Whit­sun­days en masse.

Those not com­pet­ing in Air­lie Beach Race Week were warmly wel­comed to the re­gion at an SICYC Friends and Fam­ily BBQ, held at the Abell Point Ma­rina north vil­lage on Sun­day.

There was a spe­cial ad­dress from SICYC founder and “Vice Com­modore” Ken Thack­eray to thank the 50 or so mem­bers that at­tended, along with ma­jor spon­sors Abell Point Ma­rina, Oceanic Marine Risk In­sur­ance and also Shin­g­ley Beach Re­sort.

Live mu­sic played on through­out the af­ter­noon, cour­tesy of lo­cal mu­si­cian Jan, who orig­i­nally hails from Ger­many.

Mean­while SICYC mem­bers cooked a bar­beque lunch and shared a laugh and a cold bev­er­age or two in the beau­ti­ful win­ter Whit­sun­day weather.

Abell Point Ma­rina spokesman Luke McCaul said all at­ten­dees were very much look­ing for­ward to the up­com­ing Ren­dezvous.

“Last year 220 boats at­tended the event with more ex­pected this year,” he said.

The Ren­dezvous will take place from Au­gust 27-30. As well as a “fun” event it is a ma­jor fundraiser for the Prostate Can­cer Foun­da­tion of Aus­tralia. For more in­for­ma­tion see www.sicyc.com.au.

SO­CIAL SCENE: Mem­bers of the SICYC were wel­comed to a bar­beque hosted by the Abell Point Ma­rina on Sun­day.

WELCOME: SICYC founder Ken Thack­eray ad­dress­ing the crowd.

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