SAIL's 2014 Snowbird Rally down the ICW
Join SAIL on our 2014 Snowbird Rally down the ICW. After a Halloween party kick-off in Hampton, VA, Wally Moran, longtime ICW cruiser and SAIL's Contributing Editor, will lead the troops on a journey south. We'll stop for potlucks and parties along the way and end in Miami, FL, just in time for you to stay there or head to the islands for the winter.
WHEN: October 31, 2014-December 2014
COST: $750 (includes pre-rally seminar and prep material, guide down the ICW, daily weather and routing reports and more!)
Registration is now open! Click here
2014 Snowbird Rally Itinerary
All dates are tentative and are subject to change.
Depart Nov. 1
Mile Marker -8
We’ll kick off our Rally with a Halloween party at the Hampton Public Piers, so bring your spookiest costume and food and beverages to share. If you arrive early, check out the Hampton auction house, the Virginia Air and Space Museum, and the history museum. Don’t forget to stock up on provisions and, if necessary, use the courtesy van to hit West Marine for last minute supplies.
• Belhaven, North Carolina (town-wide ICW birthplace celebration)
• Oriental, North Carolina
Beaufort, North Carolina
Mile Marker 201
At Beaufort Town Docks, we’ll grill and picnic together either dockside or in a nearby park and gazebo. The North Carolina Maritime Museum will be displaying its famous Black Beard Pirate ship and artifact exhibit.
Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina
Mile Marker 283
Seapath Yacht Club offers plenty of amenities such as courtesy cars, grocery stores, propane refills, and on-site shops and restaurants. Plus, there’s an anchorage nearby if you’d prefer to moor. One night, we’ll throw a cruiser party. We’ll spend two days here to give you all the time you need to shop at Mayfaire Town Center.
• Camp Lejeune, North Carolina
• Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina
• Southport, North Carolina
• Little River, North Carolina
• Bucksport, North Carolina
• Georgetown, South Carolina
Charleston, South Carolina
Arrive Nov. 12
Mile Marker 469
We’ll gather at the Charleston Maritime Center (CMC) for a potluck bash held in a private room overlooking the harbor. The CMC is close to historic downtown, which has an aquarium, plenty of sites, shopping plazas and restaurants, and Patriots Point, where we can tour the USS Yorktown, submarines, the Vietnam Support Base and plenty more.
• Beaufort, South Carolina
• Harbortown, South Carolina
• Isle of Hope, Georgia
St. Simons Isle, Georgia
Mile Marker 677
Sailors can tie up at Morningstar Golden Isles at a 10% discounted group rate or anchor in a nearby anchorage (no mooring balls) just .5nm away from Morningstar. The marina provides a courtesy car and bikes to stock up on provisions. We can tour the lighthouse museum, as well as the historic Bloody Marsh Battle site, where, on July 7, 1742, British soldiers drove back Spanish troops hoping to reclaim Georgia as a colony. We'll have a Thanksgiving Day feast together in a private room at the on-site restaurant.
• Fenandina Beach, Florida
• St. Johns River – Anchorage, Florida
• St. Augustine, Florida
• Daytona, Florida
• Titusville, Florida
• Melbourne, Florida
• Vero Beach, Florida
• Stuart, Florida
• Palm Beach, Florida
• Boca Raton, Florida
• Fort Lauderdale, Florida
• Miami Beach, Florida
Arrive Dec. 14
No Name Harbor, Bill Baggs State Park
Mile Marker 1095
Our final stop offers all the resources and activities of a state park, including some amenities. You can anchor here overnight ($20 per night) if you want to explore Miami or the park. We’ll wrap up the rally with an award ceremony, barbeque and other festivities.
Photos courtesy of TripAdvisor and floridastateparks.org