Clarence to be flooded with yachties
SHAG Islet Cruising Yacht Club is a not-for-profit club aimed to establish and maintain a social network for cruising yacht people, as well as raise funds for the fight against prostate cancer.
Members from throughout Australia and the world will descend on the Clarence Valley next week to be part of the club's Clarence River Classic Cruise.
Spanning seven days from Monday, April 30, to Sunday, May 6, the cruise will visit Iluka, Harwood, Maclean, Brushgrove, Grafton, Ulmarra, Lawrence and Yamba.
This event is a the second leg of the Season of Sail, which started on April 15 at Lake Macquarie.
The Season of Sail leads up to a founding event, the rendezvous at Shag Islet in the Whitsunday Islands, with more than 200 vessels taking part in the journey last year.
On Tuesday May 1 Aboriginal Yaegl Elder Elizabeth Smith, Mayor Jim Simmons and Scottish pipers will officially welcome the club to the Clarence Valley at Maclean.
Clarence River Classic Cruise co-ordinator Glad Smith said the response from the community had been amazing.
"Local business and taverns and the council have been absolutely wonderful and are providing wonderful facilities,” Ms Smith said.
Iluka Chamber of Commerce has pledged to donate 5 per cent of all money spent by the visitors in Iluka to the fight against prostate cancer.