Hands across the blue 2014

Australia’s biggest Shag fest does ultimate Prostate check


Expected delivery time Saturday 29 August at 2:30pm

Vision: Whitsundays, Yachts, Dinghies, sailors in boats holding hands to form Australia Prostate Logo, interview with Australia’s leading Prostate cancer specialist.  

More than 1,000 official Shaggers are making their way to the pristine waters of the Whitsundays to show their support for the Prostate Cancer Australia Foundation during the last weekend of August as part of the annual Shag Islet Cruising Yacht Club Rendezvous.

Hosted in the stunning turquoise waters of the Whitsundays, yachties from over 240 visiting vessels from around the world will gather in their dinghies in the shallows just off the beach from Montes Reef Resort holding “hands across the Blue” in the shape of the Prostate Cancer of Australia (PCFA) logo to drive awareness of the cancer that takes lives of more than 3,000 Australians per year.

Aerial and on-water vision of the event will be available in HD, plus interviews with Australia’s leading prostate specialist, Distinguished Professor Judith Clements AC.

WHAT: Shag Islet Yacht Club rendezvous – 600 Shaggers holding hands to form Prostate Cancer Logo in Whitsundays

WHY: To drive awareness of Prostate Cancer in Australia and its impacts to more than 3,000 men every year

WHEN: Saturday 29 August

WHERE: Whitsundays (Montes Resort, Hydeaway Bay)

TIME: 9:30am

INTERVIEWS: Distinguished Professor Judith Clements AC.  Judith will be joined by State and Local Government officials, leading community and Tourism figures and major sponsors Abell Point Marina & Oceanic Marine Risk.

How to access HD vision: FTP link will be supplied for access of vision.
Contact: Vision – Richard Scotts (RJ Media), richard@rjmedia.com.au, +61 (0) 411 114 799
General Enquiries – Luke McCaul, luke@abellpointmarina.com, +61 (0) 439 626 161


Distinguished Professor Judith Clements AC.
Regarded as one of Australia’s leading specialists in Prostate Cancer, Professor Clements received the  Companion of the Order of Australia on the Queens Birthday Honours list in recognition for her outstanding contribution to the field of biomedical research, particularly Prostate Cancer. Professor Clements has over 30 years’ experience as a molecular and cell biologist in the endocrine field and is the Principal Research Fellow of the National Health and Medical Research Council. Professor Clements is also Scientific Director of the Australian Prostate Cancer Research Centre – Qld and Chair of the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia – Qld.

Shag Islet Yacht Club Rendezvous
Shag Islet Cruising Yacht Club Inc (SICYC Inc) was formed as an unincorporated body on 15 May 2009 as a not for profit organization with the aim of creating a social network for cruising yachts persons and 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 Prostate Cancer Awareness and Research. In 2014 alone $74,000 was raised.

From a light hearted concept, SICYC membership is growing daily and is now 4,000 members coming from 15 nations.

SICYC, largely represents the cruising community aged from 45 to 75 years all members being “Vice Commodores” of a nautical location and on joining receive a “Vice Commodore” Polo a Life Membership Card and discounts from an ever growing number of sponsor organizations. Over 250 SICYC cruising yachts visit the Whitsunday region annually bring a significant financial boost to the Airlie Beach community.

The intention of this activity is to create awareness of Prostate Cancer, and to establish “HANDS ACROSS THE BLUE” as an activity which may take place in boating, fishing, skiing and surfing communities each year on the last Saturday of August.

Shag Islet is situated in the Gloucester Passage in the northern Whitsunday Region and is the notional home of SICYC and is the location of the annual SICYC “Vice Commodores” Rendezvous. Each year over 240 Yachts and approximately 1,000 members gather to celebrate the organization and to raise money for Prostate Cancer Research and Awareness.

The SICYC “Vice Commodore” Rendezvous is now the largest, by yacht participation, event in the Whitsunday Region.

2015 Events:

A “Meet and Greet”, Crab Races, Thai Chi, a champagne breakfast, a Shag Islet party (Kite Theme), A Swingn’ Sixtys theme, Best Dressed Boats by day and night, a head shave for prostate cancer, Auctions and Raffles for Prostate Cancer, finishing with a Pirates farewell lunch on Sunday 30 August. A vibrant, colorful four days of Frivolity and Fun for a great cause.

Read more at the official Shag Islet Cruising Yacht Club website – https://www.sicyc.com.au

Cherie Morel

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