Shag Islet Cruising Yacht Club – A Shaggers Delight!

If you live and sail in Australia, you may well be a shagger, or indeed a friend of a shagger…

Here at YOTI our attention was first drawn to this unusual group when the founders of Shag Islet Cruising Yacht Club, vice commodores Ken and Rhonda Thackeray, arrived to inspect a lovely Dufour 410 we had on the market through our brokerage. One inspection and they were in love. And only moments following this, our broker Greg was himself a fully fledged shagger!

SIYC2It has been fabulous to witness the rise in this fun sailing institution. The club, named after the Whitsunday destination of Shag Islet, was founded as a ‘non-exclusive’ collection of Australian and international sailors, so bringing like minded sailors together with the aim of having fun and raising money for charity. They can now boast over 3000 ‘Vice Commodores’ from 14 nations (everyone gets to be vice commodore – it opens lots of doors at clubs around the world!).

We were recently very pleased to hear that Ken has been awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the general division of this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours List. Every year fundraisers are conducted through the club, including the annual rendezvous at Gloucester Passage, which last year attracted more participants than Airlie Beach and Hamilton Island race weeks.

We all wish to extend our heartfelt congratulations to Ken and the many volunteers who work to bring such fun and generosity to the water.

– John Cowpe

John is a Director of Yoti and is based in our office at The Spit on Middle Harbour.

You can learn more about SICYC here.