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Swing­ing six­ties will come alive at Ren­dezvous

Whitsunday Times - - FRONT PAGE -

CLIVE and Angie Tudge had so much fun at the 2014 Shag Islet Cruis­ing Yacht Club Ren­dezvous, they ac­tu­ally “moved” to Air­lie Beach. “We came up from Bris­bane for our first one last year and we nev- er went back,” laughed Mrs Tudge, while dressed as a pi­rate wench at the Cape Glouces­ter Re­sort on Mon- day af­ter­noon. Just around the cor­ner at Montes were another bunch of SICYC mem­bers pre­par­ing for the Ren­dezvous’ mas­sive 60s-themed party this Satur­day night.

THIS band of peo­ple who had al­ready gath­ered in the Glouces­ter Pas­sage at the be­gin­ning of this week, are only a small pro­por­tion of the 800strong crowd ex­pected for this week­end’s sev­enth SICYC Ren­dezvous.

What started as a get-to­gether for an “ex­clu­sively non-ex­clu­sive” yacht club, named af­ter a tiny islet here in the Whit­sun­days, has grown in less than a decade to a phe­nom­e­non that at­tracts peo­ple from across the globe and raises money and aware­ness for an im­por­tant cause.

The SICYC Ren­dezvous has be­come ar­guably the big­gest fundraiser for the Prostate Can­cer Foun­da­tion of Aus­tralia, rais­ing over $77k last lear alone.

The club’s founder Ken Thack­eray de­scribes it as “some­thing you couldn’t have writ­ten a busi­ness plan for”, but says the essence of the event is still all about hav­ing fun.

Al­ready at Montes there’s an abun­dance of fun as those ar­riv­ing com­pare cos­tume notes for up­com­ing events.

On Fri­day the dress code is SICYC blue polo shirts for the spe­cial club party that’s held on Shag Islet it­self.

This is the only event of the week­end open to club mem­bers alone, with Satur­day’s swing­ing six­ties night and Sun­day’s pi­rate party open to all from far and wide.

Buses have been or­gan­ised from Air­lie Beach to the Ren­dezvous through­out the week­end for $10 each way or a gold coin do­na­tion for those hop­ping on at Dingo Beach or Hy­de­away Bay.

Full in­for­ma­tion can be found at www.sicyc.com.au.

Photo: Sharon Small­wood

SHAG­GER-DELIC: SICYC mem­bers Harold and An­nie Ni­cholls, Rhonda Thack­eray, Brian Bond, Stewart Scar­bor­ough, Robyn Love, Ken Thack­eray and Diana Scar­bor­ough are ready to step back in time to the swing­ing 60s for Satur­day’s Ren­dezvous party night.

PI­RATES AHOY: Ali Dug­gan, Clive and An­nie Tudge and Ken Thack­eray pre­par­ing for the SICYC pi­rate party on Sun­day.

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