SAILING FOR A CAUSE: Having a 'Grrr'eat time at the 2017 Shag Islet Cruising Yacht Club's Rendezvous.
SAILING FOR A CAUSE: Having a 'Grrr'eat time at the 2017 Shag Islet Cruising Yacht Club's Rendezvous. Sharon Smallwood

Half a million dollars raised for prostate cancer

SHAGGERS have raised $102,000 (and counting) for prostate cancer on the weekend, pushing their total contribution to the cause over half a million dollars.

The ninth annual Shag Islet Cruising Yacht Club (SICYC) 'Rendezvous' in Gloucester Passage attracted more than 1,000 people to join together across the weekend event.

Money raised during the four-day fun fest will be donated to Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA).

Founder of the club Ken Thackery said it was a big milestone for the die-hard participants of the event.

"We had the largest 'meet and greet' we have ever had this year on Friday night, with more than 500 people attending,” he said.

"I want to say a very big thank you to the generous community and all the sponsors on reaching this fundraising milestone and for their continued support of the event through the years.

"A definite highlight was having MP Peter Dutton attend and getting behind the cause - he has attended previously and is a Vice Commodore himself.”

The iconic "Hands Across The Blue” activity saw attending yachties in 205 vessels gather to hold hands in the shape of the PCFA logo on Saturday morning in the shallows off Cape Gloucester Eco Resort beach.

Other festivities included a 'What were you wearing when the boat went down' themed celebration on Saturday night with a fireworks display and 'pirate treasure' auctions and raffles.

The festivities wrapped up with a Pirate Party farewell lunch on Sunday.

Founded in 2009, the Shag Islet Cruising Yacht Club now has 5739 members from over 17 countries around the world.

A not-for-profit organisation, SICYC was born with the intention of creating a social network for cruising yachties.

Due to its popularity and rapid member expansion, this group of boaties then expanded their purpose to raise much-needed funds for prostate cancer research.


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