Deb­bie won’t stop the SICYC

The Shag Islet Ren­dezvous will pro­ceed

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT ON THE WATER - Ja­cob Wil­son ja­cob.wil­son@whit­sun­day­times.com.au

THE an­nual Shag Islet Cruis­ing Yacht Club Ren­dezvous will once again be held at Glouces­ter Pas­sage this year over the week­end of Au­gust 24–27.

If you are a sailor who does not en­joy so­cial­is­ing, swap­ping sto­ries, be­ing prone to mild ex­ag­ger­a­tion, help­ing out when re­quired, laugh­ing at jokes and danc­ing, then you are strongly urged not to at­tend. To ev­ery­one else, it is time to plan.

Dust off the pi­rate out­fit, re-stuff the fake par­rot, stock up on new jokes and loud shirts and iron your of­fi­cial SICYC vice com­modore polo.

Time to check your yacht’s party lights, sort out the flag col­lec­tion, ser­vice the boat, check the sails and rig­ging, dust off the kite and re­place its string, pol­ish up your best danc­ing thongs and prac­tise those re­ally catchy moves.

The theme for this year’s an­nual fancy dress day is “What were you wear­ing when the ship went down”.

As al­ways, the Ren­dezvous does have its se­ri­ous side, not that it is that per­cep­ti­ble dur­ing the fun.

Vice Com­modore Ken Thack­eray thanked ev­ery­one in­volved in the process for mak­ing the event pos­si­ble.

“We are ahead of sched­ule for the 2017 Ren­dezvous and de­spite Deb­bie, Cape Glouces­ter and Montes Re­sorts will be up and run­ning as the key venues for the event,” he said.

“SICYC Co­conut ra­dio will once again trans­mit live on FM ra­dio through­out the Ren­dezvous and will stream across the world live on the net ... this was an out­stand­ing suc­cess in 2016.

“We thank the busi­ness com­mu­nity for their re­ally fan­tas­tic sup­port to SICYC and prostate can­cer re­search and aware­ness, hav­ing now raised over $400,000 for the cause.

“The 2016 SICYC spon­sors and sup­port­ers will be recog­nised at a Gala Cock­tail Party to be held at Hem­ing­ways on 29 July 2017.

“The Prostate Can­cer Foun­da­tion of Aus­tralia will be rep­re­sented by Mr Jim Hughes AM, in at­ten­dance to per­son­ally thank the Air­lie busi­ness com­mu­nity for their on­go­ing sup­port.”

The SICYC is a not-for-profit in­cor­po­rated as­so­ci­a­tion, which has raised more than $400,000 for prostate can­cer aware­ness and re­search over the past six years it has been run­ning the Ren­dezvous.

Be­com­ing a mem­ber of the SICYC and the Ren­dezvous means you can join in events such as: the Prostate Can­cer Foun­da­tion of Aus­tralia break­fast, tai chi on the beach, kite fly­ing on Shag Islet, the pi­rate party with prizes for best out­fits, prizes for best-dressed boat by day and by night, a boat­ies buy/swap/sell, he­li­copter rides, fish­ing trips and as­sorted raf­fles and auc­tions.

One of the high­lights is the an­nual dinghy round-up to form the PCFA logo, known as “Hands across the blue” for prostate can­cer.

At all times there may be live bands, the SICYC Co­conut ra­dio sta­tion, fire­works and plenty of danc­ing, eat­ing and meet­ing old and new friends.

There are a few tips for those who have not at­tended a Ren­dezvous event.

There are 20 moor­ings for hire off Cape Glouces­ter Re­sort, which are avail­able to the first in/best dressed.

The an­chor­age is big with good hold­ing, par­tic­u­larly on the western side of Shag Islet and there is also good an­chor­age for shoal draft ves­sels on the eastern side off Montes Reef Re­sort.

The gen­tly shelv­ing beaches re­quire you to use a long painter on your dinghy. There will be courtesy boats mov­ing through the fleet, so you do not have to drink and dinghy. Both re­sorts have li­censed bars and cui­sine, so BYO to the beach par­ties is not per­mit­ted.

Through­out the Ren­dezvous, raf­fle tick­ets will be on sale. Ma­jor prizes are a $5000 cata­ma­ran char­ter on Re­flec­tions do­nated by Char­ter Yachts Aus­tralia, plus a hol­i­day pack­age at Shin­g­ley Beach Re­sort Air­lie Beach. Along with more than 20 other re­ally fan­tas­tic prizes.

There will be an auc­tion of do­nated items rang­ing from: bun­ga­lows at Montes and Cape Glouces­ter Re­sorts for the next Ren­dezvous in 2018, ma­rina berthing pack­ages, SICYC-themed toi­let seats and SICYC Queens­land per­son­alised num­ber plates.

SICYC now has more than 5450 mem­bers from 16 na­tions.

PHOTO: TH3RD DI­MEN­SION MEDIA

FOR A CAUSE: SICYC now has more than 5450 mem­bers from 16 na­tions.

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