Yachties sail into Raby Bay for prostate cancer awareness

A FLEET of dinghies is set to sail into Raby Bay Harbour next week as part of their efforts to create awareness of prostate cancer.

AERIAL: Shag Islet Cruising Yacht Club members form the shape of the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia logo. Photo: Th3rd Dimension Media

AERIAL: Shag Islet Cruising Yacht Club members form the shape of the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia logo. Photo: Th3rd Dimension Media

The group are on their way to the annual Shag Islet Cruising Yacht Club rendezvous in the northern Whitsunday Islands.

Club founder Ken Thackeray, of Cleveland, said vessels from southern ports had assembled at Lake Macquarie for the SICYC Season of Sail.

“The fleet was greeted and hosted by the SICYC members at Lake Macquarie, as they sailed north by the members from the Clarence Valley and at Southport,” he said.

After visiting the Redlands they will continue via the Great Sandy Straits, Bundaberg, Gladstone and Mackay before arriving in the Whitsundays. 

The yacht club founded in the Redlands has more than 6000 members and has raised more than $500,000 for prostate cancer awareness and research over nine years.

More than 220 yachts get together for their four-day annual get together.

In support of the SICYC, Peter Hansen Yacht Brokers will offer a fuel discount to anyone who donates to Prostate Cancer Australia.

Shag Islet Cruising Yacht Club vice-commodores from Redlands Yasmin Brodrick, Linda Webber and Sue O’Leary in their parrot head gear.

Shag Islet Cruising Yacht Club vice-commodores from Redlands Yasmin Brodrick, Linda Webber and Sue O’Leary in their parrot head gear.

They will also open to the SICYC for their boats and tenders during the celebrations at Hogs Breath Cafe.

Redlanders are invited to watch the fleet arrive on Wednesday, May 23 at 4.45pm.

The raft up will be followed by a welcome at Hogs Breath Cafe with entertainment, raffles and auctions.

The theme for the evening is parrot head and pirates.