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About SICYC

Shag Islet Cruising Yacht Club Inc (SICYC) is a “NOT FOR PROFIT” incorporated club. Our primary aim is to establish and maintain a strong Social Network for Cruising Yachties in and around Australia and the world.

As members (Vice Commodores) we fly our Burgees high on our vessels to let others know we too are Shaggers (as we’re affectionately known).

Each year, on the last full weekend in August, we hold our exciting Rendezvous at our home, at Shag Islet, at Gloucester Passage in the Whitsundays. This event has become a “must do” event on the sailing calendars of hundreds of our members as it consists of several days of fun and games, catching up with old friends and new and, of course, a little bit of revelry. The Rendezvous is a member only event and one that you’ll love to be a part of.

To find out a little more about SICYC, click the link below to listen to a podcast interview with our Founder, Ken “Vice Commodore Raby Bay.”

The interview was by David Hows from Ocean Sailing Podcasts. Enjoy.

http://oceansailingpodcast.com/podcast-show-notes/2016/5/31/episode-8ken-thackeray-show-notes.

If you’re not already a member, we certainly hope you come and join the rapidly growing family of cruising Shaggers.

What our members say about SICYC

The Shag Islet Cruising Yacht Club
By: “Vice Commodore” Evan Johnston

For those who don’t know, SICYC is the fastest growing club in Australia and possibly the world. SICYC has been in existence for 8 years and has over 7,500 members spread across 14 countries.

SICYC has developed into a social network for like-minded boaties who get together, share stories, experiences and enjoy a drink or two. The SICYC hold multiple social events throughout the year and across Australia for fun and a spin off being fund raising.    

Come and be part of our Annual Rendezvous – it’s a great event. Its bigger than Hamilton Island and Whitsunday Race weeks and you don’t have to own a racing yacht!

Simon and Julie “Vice commodores” Swordfish Point and Sunlovers Bay

Gidday! We saw the SICYC flag and thought we would come say hello, I’m Karen and this is Rob we’re from Lake Macquarie.

“What a nice welcome” I thought to myself.

We had just arrived in Noumea, New Caledonia after sailing 5 days from Brisbane. We spent the first week resting, eating French almond croissants, cheese, wine and meeting others.

“Port Moselle Marina, Port Moselle Marina, this is Goodonya , Goodonya, request a berth for a few days to do repairs”.   “Goodonya, Goodonya, this is Port Moselle Marina , staff will direct you into your berth and take your mooring lines”.

We proceeded to our berth and as usual in the Marina the service of the staff was excellent and friendly. No sooner had we tied up and we saw Rob and Karen heading towards us from another bay in their dinghy, They heard us talking to the marina about needing to do repairs and said they had lots of spare everything on their yacht, if we needed help.

Such is the ways of SICYC Shaggers . We didn’t need repairs, thanked them for their concern and invited them aboard. Captain was embarrassed and had to fess up over sundowners and lots of laughs that we had lost our outboard and tender and needed to replace them.

I’ll leave that saga for another tale.

What a fantastic club to be a part of!

Greg “Vice Commodore” Dockside

“As people who love a good party, love the water, cruising, and spending time in amazing company my wife and I were keen to meet others of a similar ilk. After hearing about SICYC and the “Exclusively Non-Exclusive” motto shared by it’s membership we simply had to join… That was in 2011 and we’ve never looked back! This eclectic group of fun loving folk are always keen to welcome new friends over a quiet drink or a barbecue, in small groups or large, either on or off the water. The new friendships we’ve made at numerous “Sundowners”, the adventures shared each year at the annual rendezvous in the Whitsundays, and on the 2013 “Sailaway” through Malaysian and Thai waters have left us begging for more. In all my days I have never met such an enthusiastic and infectiously happy group of people. Whether or not you own a boat, whether or not you ever plan to matters little… The endless options for social interaction with fantastic, friendly, fun loving people can’t help but make you smile.

SICYC… Be ready for the times of your life!”

Carolyn “Vice Commodore” Cassim Island

“SICYC has introduced me into the ” WORLD OF BOATING”!!! I started sailing some 2 1/2 years ago and have become part of the yachting fraternity where I have been overwhelmed by the friendship and comradeship of the many people I now class as my dear friends.

Someone is always willing to offer advice & guidance and share their many sailing experiences and adventures to which I am in awe. The SICYC Rendezvous held in the Gloucester Passage each year is marked in my calendar and is an event not to be missed. Happy Sailing.”

Brent Vice Commodore Little Island and Lorraine Vice Commodore Ocean Reef Marina from West Australia

“We just love being a part of this very fun loving network of people. The camaraderie of it all is unbelievable meeting like-minded people who enjoy sailing, boating & socialising. The Westies now have regular outings and sundowners.

We also get the odd sailor & holiday maker passing through Perth who look us up in the data base & want to know when the next Sundowner is and of course we always oblige. We never miss the yearly Rendezvous and The Westies, as we’re now known, have become a familiar face at the RV and the fun and excitement are next to none. Its not only fun to meet up there every year, but it’s a wonderful event where we have the chance to donate to a great cause Prostate Cancer.”

Vice Commodores Kingfisher Bay and Tin Can Bay of Hervey Bay

“After 35 years together, George finally decided to pop the question. Picking myself up off the floor,”but where and when could this be possible” I ask? Easy !!! says Hubbie to be. Montes Resort during the 2012 Rendezvous. Of course!!! Why wouldn’t you want to share this most important day of your life with some of the loveliest people we have come to know, at one of the most idyllic places on the east coast. After seeking the approval of Ken and Rhonda it was full steam ahead. It could not have been better.

Our beach wedding fitted in nicely with the Parrothead theme of the day and family and interstate friends could not believe how friendly and warm the atmosphere was. So much so that many became instant members of this incredible group. Joining the Shag Islet Cruising Yacht Club was one of the best things we ever decided to do in our retirement as it meant meeting up with friendly, likeminded people who through their generosity have managed to raise many thousands of dollars for Prostate Cancer. Wherever we cruise we always try to display the club’s burgee, as we have found this to be the easiest way to let others know we are friendly and approachable.”

Sue and Mark “Vice Commodores” Newport Waterways and Gilligans Island

We love the cruising lifestyle especially sailing the Queensland Coast and Whitsunday region. During our travels we discovered these people called ‘Shaggers’, at first we weren’t sure what it was all about, however, they all seemed such a happy bunch we decided to attend one of the club meetings at Raby Bay. We were apprehensive about attending our first meeting not knowing a lot about the club, however, what we discovered was other people with similar interests who actually enjoyed life just as much as we did. Since that day we have never looked back. We have made so many great friends through the club and while out cruising the coast. No matter what port or anchorage we pull into we know there are fellow ‘Shaggers’ not too far away because we all identify ourselves through our club burgee.

There is nothing better after a day of sailing than sitting on beach enjoying sundowners watching the sun go down chatting with other ‘Shaggers’.”

Rod “Vice Commodore” St Kilda

SHAG ISLAND CRUISING YACHT CLUB RENDEZVOUS 2013

“The SICYC Rendezvous have been running annually in August for a number of years now starting in 2009 but this was to be my first one. So, having packed enough clothes for a month including jumpers, tracksuit pants, socks and the like, I headed off to Tullamarine Airport to leave a cold, blustery winter’s day in Melbourne for Hamilton Island.

On arriving at Hamilton Island I had to quickly divest myself of a jumper and undo shirt buttons to try and get comfortable, yes sweat was already running in that wonderful tropical sunshine. Onto the ferry and half an hour later I was at Abel Point Marina. It had been eleven years since I had last sailed into Abel Point and the changes were already obvious.

Off the ferry, purchase a few essential supplies and I was soon walking down A Finger to my friends and Mystique. A kiss and a hug and some abuse from their cockatiel and we had cast off lines and were leaving Abel Point and headed north for Gloucester Passage.

At Montes all of the accommodation had been booked out months ago and folk had settled in. Hugs and kisses all round with a real sense of excitement in the air. Already it was clear to me that this was something special, there was a feeling of community with genuine warmth in the greetings and multiple conversations erupting constantly. Like the movie says, “Build it and they will come!” Already there were people from all over Australia there as well as from overseas but the locals clearly shared ownership and they were busy erecting marquees, building stages and dance floors and bringing in seating.

There were trailer-sailers, wood, steel and fibre glass yachts, catamarans, tri-marans, sloops, ketches and motor yachts, but all were there with one purpose in mind – to celebrate the brotherhood of cruising.

I guess part of the attraction is this is a mutual support group with members all over Australia as well as fourteen other countries in the world. Already the club burgee is well known throughout Australia and is an instant invitation to say “Hello Sailor”. Sail into any port where there is a resident member and there is friendship and support if needed – all for a small one off payment that includes the club polo shirt.

Join and instantly you are a life time Vice Commodore of SICYC.

During the four days some fourteen hundred people participated in the event, all for the cost of a $15.00 wristband which provided Tai Chi on the beach in the mornings, live music at many of the events which participants danced the night away to, fireworks, valet dingy parking on Shag Island for the BBQ there, Polynesian Dance displays, on separate days a Polynesian dress-up and Pirate dress-up with prizes for the best costumes and Best Dressed Boat prizes for night and day. There was crab racing, kite flying, port and starboard toe nail painting, hair cutting by a bikini clad beauty, auctions of donated prizes such as a week’s bareboat charter in Tahiti and the Whitsundays, a month’s free marina rental for both a catamaran and a mono hull at Airlie Beach.

The event has become so notable there were representatives of the local press, a film crew making a documentary for Travel TV, the editor of Cruising Helmsman and a representative of the Queensland Tourism office.

The sadness of leaving was tempered by the sight of a whale close to us. Then it was back on the plane and back to wintery Melbourne. Ah well! My first action on going back to work was to apply for leave for August next year. Like so many others bitten by the SICYC bug, I will be returning for the fun. See you there, don’t forget to say “Hello”.”

These Sponsors have dug deep to support SICYC. We ask you do the same for them when you can. Click on a logo to visit our sponsor site.

Major Sponsors

Sponsors

Event Partners

Valued Supporters

It takes more than deep pockets to get behind SICYC. These valued supporters have been there for us too. Help them when you can.

  • AB Marine Electrics
  • Fox Flags
  • Quadrant Marine
  • BOAT Gold Coast
  • Sharon Smallwood
  • Optical Warehouse
  • Dalozzo Art Gallery
  • Sorrento Restaurant
  • Quantum Sails
  • Whitsunday Transit
  • Gladstone Marina
  • Illusions 2
  • Mackay Marina
  • Shingley Beach Resort
  • Gateway Auto Rentals
  • SEAIRLAND
  • Colour me Crazy
  • Grotty Yachty
  • Ian Anderson - Boating and Marine Apparel
  • Tiana Fry
  • Swift Marine
  • The Watermaker Man
  • Cruising Helmsman
  • All Marine Services
  • The Dingo Beach Store
  • Whitsunday Paradise Explorer
  • Bundaberg Port Marina
  • The Anchor Bar
  • Hawkes Boat Yard
  • Lady Elliot Island
  • Ocean Solutions
  • Coconut Cottage
  • Everything Marine
  • Reel Addiction
  • Mavric
  • Peter Hansen Marine
  • Alcemy Cordials
  • Isonic (web master)
  • Beacon to Beacon
  • Whitsunday Discount Marine
  • Eastcoast Marina
  • Muir Marine
About Shag Islet

Shag Islet is situated in the Gloucester Passage in the Whitsunday Region in North Queensland, Australia (20 03.8 S ... 148 26.5 E). It is a small, rocky islet with a beach which is exposed on the southern end on a falling tide.

There is nothing on the islet except at the annual SICYC Rendezvous when hundreds of "Vice Commodores" gather on the last week end in August each year. MAP

Contact Us

Greg Canning,
President & Vice Commodore Dockside

P.O. Box 5028. MANLY Q. 4179.

[email protected]

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