From the editor's desk

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY VIEWS -

THIS week­end is the busiest of the year for the usu­ally quiet ham­lets of Hy­de­away Bay, Dingo Beach and the re­sorts in the Glouces­ter Pas­sage.

Beau­ti­ful spots, of­ten fre­quented by lo­cals “in the know”, they are about to be over-run by hun­dreds of peo­ple wear­ing six­ties and pi­rate gear.

The Shag Islet Cruis­ing Yacht Club’s an­nual Ren­dezvous is not only a phe­nom­e­non in the amount of money it raises for the Prostate Can­cer Foun­da­tion of Aus­tralia, it’s a huge eco­nomic boost to the Whit­sun­days.

Cruis­ing yachties and SICYC mem­bers in boats and car­a­vans, all start ar­riv­ing in the area well be­fore the last week­end of Au­gust – some even months in ad­vance.

The money they spend on gen­eral sup­plies, eat­ing out and con­duct­ing main­te­nance or boat re­pairs is all a shot in the arm for our lo­cal econ­omy.

While each year we count the amount the SICYC raises for the PCFA, the cal­cu­la­tion on what this ex­clu­sively non-ex­clu­sive club does for the lo­cal com­mu­nity has never been done.

Nor would the “Shag­gers” as they’re af­fec­tion­ately known want it to be – such is their bound­less gen­eros­ity.

The SICYC and its Ren­dezvous are ini­tia­tives that have put the Whit­sun­days on the map and of which the com­mu­nity should be truly proud.

There are SICYC mem­bers from over 15 na­tions and many of them con­tinue to con­verge on this hum­ble place where it all be­gan.

We wish the SICYC all the best for this week­end’s event and par­tic­u­larly the sec­ond an­nual “hands across the blue” ex­er­cise.

It is hoped that this aware­ness rais­ing ini­tia­tive, whereby mem­bers form the PCFA logo in their dinghies, will one day be adopted by other clubs and boating or­gan­i­sa­tions through­out the world. Sharon Small­wood, Editor

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