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The official welcome to the 53 Shag Islet Cruising Yacht Club (SICYC) members at Maclean on Friday May 24. The group enjoyed their second annual ‘Cruising the Clarence’ weeklong event. Image: Lynne Mowbray

Yachties impressed with our river

Lynne Mowbray |

The Shag Islet Cruising Yacht Club (SICYC) has enjoyed yet another wonderful week of cruising on the beautiful Clarence River, during their ‘Cruise the Clarence 2019’ event.

Around 53 people travelling in 24 vessels and one campervan took part in the group’s second annual visit to the Clarence Valley, over the last two weeks.

Apart from having a lot of fun, the visiting yachties help to promote awareness of Prostate Cancer; raising money for the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia. 

Event organiser Glad Smith of Brushgrove said that the week was a huge success with monetary donations of $2,058 collected along the way and a pledge of $500 to come from the Maclean Rotary Club. 

“Just over $21,000 was spent by the yachties within the Clarence Valley (business) community, during their week here,” Glad said.

“Most of the yachties were amazed at the facilities the Council have provided along the river and will be returning; passing the word to other yachties – so our best kept secret is out!

“There was only one negative comment overheard regarding their visit that ‘these yachties only fill up with water and off they go’

“With the $21,000 spent by the yachties during their week’s visit to the valley, hopefully this person can now see the benefit of boaties visiting the Clarence and the boost to our local economy; as they support businesses all along the river.

“The yachties enjoyed a fabulous week of cruising along the Clarence River and they are all hoping to return next year.

“We’d like to say a big thank you to all the businesses and residents for their donations and support.

“Thanks also to Clarence Valley Council, Yaegl Community, Iluka Chamber of Commerce, Yamba Shores Tavern, Harwood Hotel, Bizprint, Bunnamagoo Estate Wines, Megashots, Maclean Rotary, Maclean Services Club, Dennis Darke (piper), Lawrence Tavern, Brushgrove Hotel, Maclean Outdoors, G2Y Houseboats, The CV Independent, Coastal Views, A & D Lloyd, Hon. Jim Lloyd, T & L Reeve and Rhonda and Carl at the Servo in Ulmarra,” she said.