Debbie won't stop the SICYC
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.