Please select your home edition
Edition
Zhik Yachting Range

Shag Islet Yacht Club Rendezvous - sounds great but where is it?

by Whitsunday Times/Sail-World Cruising on 31 Aug 2013
Shag Islet (on right) with boats anchored - photo by Nautical Nancy .. .
Every year one of the most unusual sailing clubs in the world has another stunningly successful rendezvous. This year was no different.

According to the local newspaper, a total of 170 boats took part in the annual Shag Islet Cruising Yacht Club (SICYC)'s rendezvous at Hydeway Bay on the weekend - and $40,000 was raised for prostate cancer research.


From humble beginnings at the first event when $280 was raised, the cruising sailors have now raised more than $80,000 for the cause in five years.

But what is it that makes this club so special? Once you join SICYC, you not only become a Vice Commodore, you also become a Life Member of SICYC. There are no joining or on going annual fees. (But you must buy a shirt).

So where is, and what is Shag Islet, that its club has such generous rules? It is an Islet between Gloucester Island and the mainland. Basically there is nothing on the islet other than Shags, and it can be accessed only at low tide when a small beach is exposed on the southern end. (This doesn't tell you much? Read on...)


Maybe the location can be guessed by the fact that the weekend's event attracted cruising sailors from Canada, the USA and Australia.

One of the best reasons for joining the club is that SICYC does sound rather impressive – combined with the 'Vice Commodore Shirt' and a suitable amount of bluff you should get access to some of the more swanky yacht clubs in the world. (At least until they wake up).

Founder Ken Thackeray said the whole weekend was packed with activities and that those who took part were a wonderful bunch of people.

There were more than 600 people at the party at a nearby resort on Saturday night and guests enjoyed fireworks and a Polynesian dancing show. (Does that give you a clue?)

The club was founded in April 2009 and now has 2500 members. More than 100 people became members on the weekend.

Mr Thackeray said most of the members were between the ages of 40 and 70 and this was also the demographic of people diagnosed with prostate cancer.


He said many of the members were doing their own fundraising on the weekend as most people knew someone who had been touched by the disease.

He said to have 170 yachts take part was a reflection of being in the cruising season and that members contributed in a silent way to the local economy.

Mr Thackeray said the formation of the Shag Islet Cruising Yacht Club (SICYC) had simply made these people more visual in the local community.

Still don't know where it is? Well, you could try googling it, but here's the information free: Gloucester Island is off the coastline of North Queensland in Australia at 20 03.8 S 148 26.5 E.

T Clewring One Designupffront 660x82Bakewell-White Yacht Design

Related Articles

Kids Polarised Sunglasses from Barz Optics
Barz Optics have developed a quality range of junior polarised sunglasses ideal for sailing and fishing. Barz Optics have developed a quality range of junior polarised sunglasses ideal for sailing and fishing. Each pair are supplied with a neoprene case and sunglass retainer.
Posted on 4 Aug
Reducing weight aloft with composite backstays
Reducing weight aloft is one of the most cost effective ways of increasing your boat speed and performance. Reducing weight aloft is one of the most cost effective ways of increasing your boat speed and performance. Every kilogram you take out of the rig is roughly equivalent to 4kg added to the bottom of your keel!
Posted on 26 Jul
Free $US3,000 Carbon Vang with SouthernFurl boom orders in July
Southern Spars is giving a free carbon vang - valued at US$3,000 - with SouthernFurl in-boom furlers ordered in July Southern Spars is giving away a free carbon vang - valued at US$3,000 - with all of their SouthernFurl in-boom furlers ordered in July. Carbon gas vangs make a great addition to the furling boom package, though if you’d prefer to keep your existing one, Southern Spars will offer you a 5% discount on the price of your boom instead.
Posted on 29 Jun
Newport Bermuda Race - High Noon takes honours
As the Newport Bermuda Race fleet rushed to the finish line on Monday in the wake of the first-to-finish boat, As the Newport Bermuda Race fleet rushed to the finish line on Monday in the wake of the first-to-finish boat, the powerful 100-foot grand prix Comanche, to the surprise of many they were led by an unusual boat and crew. High Noon, at 41 feet, is fully 59 feet shorter than Comanche and tens of feet shorter than many other entries.
Posted on 22 Jun
Platino recovery - Family confirms that tug has made rendezvous
Reports in social media say a salvage tug has made a rendezvous with the Platino earlier than expected. Reports in social media by family and friends of Nick Saull, the crew member killed during a catastrophic incident abroad the 66ft yacht Platino say the salvage tug which left on Tuesday night has made the rendezvous earlier than expected. The Facebook report says the tug, Sea Pelican, arrived on Friday morning, the weather in the area has eased and with a more favorable outlook.
Posted on 16 Jun
Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron to ban bottled water
Approval has been given to create a ban on bottled water that comes in plastic containers. The RQYS Management Committee has confirmed that approval has been given to create a ban on bottled water that comes in plastic containers. This will place the club as a leader in environmental impact management in Australia and around the world. The Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club earlier this year did likewise. Who’s next?
Posted on 16 Jun
SouthernFurl In-Boom furling systems withstand Sydney Hobart test
Southern Spars design team have developed the SouthernFurl Boom smaller budgets and yachts from 35-70 feet. Have you ever scared your family when you got stuck with too much sail up when you should be reefed? Southern Spars’ range of SouthernFurl booms are the answer – letting you reduce sail quickly and easily without leaving the safety of the cockpit.
Posted on 23 May
2016 Garda Trentino Olympic Week - Day 4
Garda Trentino Olympic Week 2016 draws near to the conclusion: the weather once again proves difficult. Garda Trentino Olympic Week 2016 draws near to the conclusion: the weather once again proves difficult. Tomorrow the medal race is scheduled for the Lasers and another two races for the three paralympic classes.
Posted on 13 May
CCA presents RCC Award to Scott and Mary Flanders
CCA has announced that Scott and Mary Flanders are the recipients of the organization’s 2015 Royal Cruising Club Trophy. The Cruising Club of America (CCA) has announced that Scott and Mary Flanders are the recipients of the organization’s 2015 Royal Cruising Club Trophy.
Posted on 22 Apr
Cyclone Winston Relief Fund – Help the people of Fiji
Sea Mercy is sending volunteer fleet of small and large vessels, loaded with shelter, food and medical supplies to Fiji. Sea Mercy is once again sending our volunteer fleet of small and large vessels, loaded with shelter, food, water and medical supplies and teams to Fiji.
Posted on 27 Feb