Rendezvous turns out as best one yet
SHAG ISLET celebrated its 10th year running with its “best event yet” attracting more than 450 guests and raising $80,000 for prostate cancer.
The Shag Islet Cruising Yacht Club vice commodores flocked to the Gloucester Passage for their annual Rendezvous with a whole host of unique events between August 24-28.
Founder Ken Thackeray said the conditions couldn’t have been more perfect.
“It has to be the best one we’ve had,” he said.
“The weather was right, the tides were right, everything went really well.
“Shag Islet started 10 years ago with 34 people attending and two or three boats.
“This year we had between 450-500 for the Parrot Head party on Saturday night.”
The iconic “Hands Across the Blue”, in which guests in their dinghies form the symbol for prostate cancer, was unable to go ahead due to the current and windy conditions.
Instead, 109 dinghies tethered to Abell Point Marina’s Norseman and guests were treated to champagne and canapes in true Shag Islet style.
The main event kicked off on Saturday with the legendary Parrot Head Party and, true to its name, “Shaggers” got right into the spirit with quirky costumes.
A special event this year was a Blanc sur Blanc five-star dinner overlooking the beach, catered by Fish D’Vine, which was capped at 50 guests.
Mr Thackeray said the event was open for three months and had sold out within 10 days.
“We’re planning the Blanc sur Blanc will double next year which is a marvellous, generous gesture from Fish D’Vine,” he said.
The music was really great, people responded to our auctions with generosity and we were blessed with good weather.
“There are people from all walks of life who are part of this and they’re all in it together.”
SICYC has raised $600,000 for prostate cancer research in 10 years.
More information on SICYC and membership can be found on the website.
There are people from all walks of life who are part of this and they’re all in it together.
— Ken Thackeray
SHAGGERS: Shag Islet celebrated its 10th event with the best Rendezvous yet.