Shaggers celebrating and ‘battling’ cancer
THE Shag Islet Cruising Yacht Club, or Shaggers as they prefer to be known, came together for their inaugural ball on Saturday night.
Founder Ken Thackeray said the event in the Whitsundays was about raising money for prostate cancer and recognising their supporters.
"But the biggest winner on the night was actually prostate cancer awareness," he said.
"We had distinguished professor Judith Clements AC; she's a leading prostate cancer researcher."
Shaggers were welcomed to Abell Point Marina with a glass of champagne and the voice of opera signer Leslie Martin, before the main event at Lure.
The night was also a chance for the club to say thank you to those who have supported it over the past year.
The gold Salty, the SICYC "equivalent to an Academy Award", went to Abell Point Marina, the silver to Oceanic Marine Risk and the bronze to Hog's Breath Australia and Yellow Cabs Redlands.
In the individual Salty awards, Colin and Kerry Bell of Quadrant Marine took the gold, Brian and Kay Bond took the silver and Ian Anderson took the bronze.
"The last thing we had on the night was the inaugural Hog's Breath Australia Shag Islet Cruising Yacht Club Hero Award," Mr Thackeray said.
A perpetual award for "outstanding support", the inaugural honour went to Tiana Fry. "She raised, on her own last year, $25,000 for prostate cancer and on the last day of the rendezvous last year she shaved her head for prostate cancer," Mr Thackeray said.
The SICYC is in for a busy few months ahead, with its annual rendezvous set for August 25-28.
The club also has a Welcome to the Whitsundays by Whitsunday Sailing Club on August 6, and a Friends and Family barbecue on July 31.