Shag Islet Cruising Yacht Club (SICYC) is a rapidly growing social network of cruising yachties and individuals who have a passion for the sea. Besides the dynamic social aspect, the concept is to create a network of cruising yachties (Vice Commodores). Each “Vice commodore” representing different location i.e. Max Peters “Vice Commodore” Caloundra. The aim being, to create a network of Vice Commodores who are able to provide local advice and assistance to others passing by, and to, no doubt, share a “Sundowner” or two at their favourite local club. The most demanding responsibility of “Vice Commodores” is their social commitment. So where is, and what is Shag Islet? It is an Islet between Gloucester Island and the mainland in North Queensland, Whitsunday area (20 03.8 S 148 26.5 E). Basically there is nothing on the islet except Shags, and it can be accessed only at low tide when a small beach is exposed on the southern end. notional Montes Reef Resort is the notional home of SICYC which is situated on the mainland in view of Shag Islet. Having joined, SICYC there is no annual membership fee. To become a “Vice Commodore” all you need to do is choose a nautical location, complete the application online and become a life member, the “one off” joining fee is $65.00 which includes a “Vice Commodore” club polo, “Life Membership” Card cards, website access,a link to the “Friends of SICYC” facebook site, newsletters, events updates, a frequent diners card from Hog Breath Café, and discounts from a growing number of businesses.
The site http://www.sicyc.com.au/ displays all newsletters, events, members contact details, nautical links and a the Face Book link. Members have password protected access to the website. You can join SICYC at http://www.sicyc.com.au/ The monthly newsletter, records SICYC events and news related to the organisation. SICYC does not assume any advocacy role. An SICYC events update is released every two months, promoting events which are hosted by individual “Vice Commodores” at their favourite clubs or dining venues etc. The camaraderie of SICYC is enhanced during the cruising season on the Australian east coast as “Vice Commodores” migrate north. The SICYC burgee combined with the http://www.skipr.net/ “ SICYC page”, enable cruisers to keep in touch with club vessels at anchor, in marinas, or on moorings at any time as they travel. An SICYC “ High Frequency Radio Net” is also, monitored once daily from mid May to late October. Membership of SICYC is growing rapidly and is currently 5388strong, with membership in every state of Australia, NZ, UK, Malaysia, Thailand, USA, Canada, Holland, South Africa and Uganda Each year a “Vice Commodore” Rendezvous is held in Gloucester passage at Shag Islet, Montes Reef Resort and Cape Gloucester Resort. The 2017 Rendezvous will be held 24th to the 27th August with proceeds after costs, going to the SICYC charity – “The Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia”. This is a strongly supported event, with “Vice Commodores” attending this year from all parts of Australia, and USA and NZ. The Rendezvous is a heap of fun, and is the catalyst for “Vice Commodores” to expand their social network and at the same time raise money for an extremely good cause.
SICYC will be 8 years old on 15th May 2017 and could realistically regarded as the fastest growing boating network in Australia.
For further information or to donate to the Rendezvous Fund Raise, phone Ken Thackeray on 0428716243 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.