From the editor's desk
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