Ren­dezvous turns out as best one yet

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS - Clau­dia Alp clau­dia.alp@whit­sun­day­times.com.au

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

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

SHAG­GERS: Shag Islet cel­e­brated its 10th event with the best Ren­dezvous yet.

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