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Kev Collins

Well known Restauranter and co-owner of Fish D'vine & The Rum Bar in Airlie Beach. When Kev's not working he's out fishing in the amazing food bowl of the Whitsundays and Great Barrier Reef Marine Park or in his tinnie in the estuaries crabbing! His blog imparts wisdom, tales and info on all things fishing and food.

Shagged out!

Another “Shaggers” (Shag Island Cruising Yacht Club Rendezvous) is over and this year, amongst the fun the organisation managed to raise $103,000 for the Prostate cancer foundation. It was just such a great sense of community, shared purpose and open hearts from all the boating community and many of the residents of the Cape Glouster community as well as they rallied behind Ken, Rhonda and their team to bring the event to reality. To Chris and his team at Monties and all the volunteers I can say that being in the Food and Beverage industry I know full well how much planning and logistics go into major events and to pull this off so seamlessly was an enormous credit to all involved.

To have multi-millionaires off 100 foot superyachts, rubbing shoulders, and sharing a simple sausage in bread BBQ on Shag Island, with people who had come in simple tinnie’s or 20 foot trailer sailors, speaks volumes for just how easily boating brings people together and the common good of knowing we got to have a great time and help raise so much money, for such an important cause, made it all the more special.

The whole event was captured this year by the channel 7 Creek to Coast crew so we can expect to see “Shaggers” on TV sometime soon and I just see the future of the SICYC and the annual rendezvous getting bigger and even better into the future. Great food, great company, great music and the Saturday night “Parrot Head Party” and accompanying fireworks was a hoot.

We got to follow up the weekend with a night up a little creek in Sinclair bay, complete with a feed of black pepper mud crab and some lovely whiting.

If you own a boat, any boat, or even want to own a boat, one day, join up and become a member (and vice commodore) of the SICYC. Just google the web site and go from there. As it grows each year into what is quickly becoming the most fun you can have on the water.

So, onto the photos I have used. The "dunny seat" we brought at the auction will be in the gents at Fish D'Vine very soon so members can all pop in for a bit of an SICYC fix and I posted a picture of Moet the wonder dog which pretty much captures how I was feeling by the end. Absolutely, wonderfully shagged out.