Meet Australia's largest cruising club

Mike McKiernan
Posted September 4 2015

Shag Islet Cruising Yacht Club was formed as an unincorporated body in 2009 as a not for profit organisation with the aim of creating a social network for cruising yachts persons. Due to its early rapid growth, the aim was soon expanded to raise money for prostate cancer awareness and research. To date SICYC has raised over $170,000 for the cause, including $74,000 in 2014 alone.

From a light-hearted concept, SICYC membership is growing daily and is now 4,000 members coming from 15 nations. The club largely represents the cruising community aged from 45 to 75 years, who are all 'Vice Commodores' of a nautical location of their choosing. Upon joining, members receive a Vice Commodore Polo, a Life Membership Card and discounts from an ever growing number of sponsor organisations.

Annual Rendezvous

Shag Islet is situated in the Gloucester Passage in the northern Whitsunday Region and is the notional home of SICYC and the annual “Vice Commodores” Rendezvous. The event attracts over 240 Yachts and approximately 1000 members, bringing a significant financial boost to the Airlie Beach community.

The 2015 Rendezvous has a 'Swinging Sixties" theme, and will run from 27 – 30 August 2015. For all the details on the event, refer to the SICYC website.

The Network

The symbol of SICYC is the distinctive Burgee which flies from vessels of the fleet and serves as a point of contact during the East Coast of Australia cruising season. Members also communicate by high frequency radio on a daily schedule during the cruising season and by VHF Ch72 in anchorages.

The club has an active Facebook page and newsletters are released to members by email every month with the latest news and updates. The strength of SICYC is the strong sense of belonging of its members, which results in social gatherings across Australia and in other nations.

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