Sailing South

The final official event of the SAIL Magazine ICW Rally was the “Sailing South Seminar,” a full day of seminars on destinations south, including continental breakfast, lunch, one-on-one with the speakers, and a Q&A session. This all-day event was open to the public for registration, capped at 108 participants, for $125/couple. Rallyers received free admission […]


St. Augustine Cruisers Net

Throughout our several days in St. Augustine, there has been a powerful presence behind the scenes. No, not ghosts, although St. Augustine boasts many haunted locations, including the site of two of our gatherings: the “ghost bar” in the loft of Scarlett O’Hara’s restaurant. The presence was St. Augustine Cruisers Net or SACN, an all-volunteer organization of cruisers who provide […]


…And Even More Booty

At today’s navigation briefing covering Florida from St. Augustine to Miami, we had one last item to raffle. This was a particularly coveted item given that this is a sailboat rally: a Harken Carbo OneTouch locking winch handle ($112 value). But … one of the Rallyers had a bit of a medical scare the previous […]

Fujinon Bins

More Booty…

What’s a visit to St. Augustine without pirated booty? We had even more nautical goodies to raffle off at our SAIL Magazine Arrival Party. And what boater doesn’t covet stainless steel hardware, especially when it’s as practical as an anchor swivel! Maxwell Marine kindly donated three 1500kg-rated anchor swivels (each a $50 value). Our “fleet wrench” Tom Hale then instructed the winners on […]

Jere and Rob

SAIL Magazine Arrival Party

Last night, the Rally fleet gathered for the SAIL Magazine Arrival Party at historic O.C. White’s, across the street from the St. Augustine Municipal Marina. It’s the holidays in St. Augustine when the town sparkles with millions of tiny lights. O.C. White’s, dating back to 1790, was looking especially festive. We gathered for appetizers and drinks, with more pirate […]


St. Augustine! The Fleet is In!

Five states, 800 miles, 7 weeks, 20 boats … we made it! The fleet has officially arrived in St. Augustine! Our last day was an amazing 75 degrees, sunny, with light north winds. The boats arrived at St. Augustine Municipal Marina timed for slack current, about mid-day, departing their staging stops of Beach Marine or Pine Island Anchorage. […]


Fernandina Harbor Marina

Twenty boats on a holiday weekend needing dockage at the marina in the tourist destination of Fernandina Beach?? You’re asking for what?? But Fernandina Harbor Marina, with dockage in the historic village on Amelia Island, was our preferred stop as we entered Florida waters. Dockmaster Kevin Little and his staff started working the problem months in advance, shuffling boats […]

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On the Way to Fernadina

The fleet had many choices between St. Simons Island and our next marina rendezvous at Fernandina Harbor Marina on Amelia Island. Each boat could pick their favorite way to pass the holiday: staying at St. Simons Island and renting a car to visit the St. Marys Cruiser’s Thanksgiving, moving to Fernandina Beach with the same strategy, […]

Frank Carol Mollie Schubauer

Our Two “Small” Boats

Frank and Carol Schubauer on s/v Hakuna Matata Frank and Carol are on a Beneteau 331, which is hardly a small boat!—but it is the second smallest boat in the fleet. They just bought this boat in July, and are still getting used to it and outfitting it. Before their 33-footer they had a 27 O’Day […]

George and Anne Golensky

An Island Packet, a Caliber, and a Tartan

Tom and Mary Jeffery on m/s Flossie B. Tom and Mary—and golden retriever Sadie—are on an Island Packet SP Cruiser motor sailer, so they are always snug inside their pilothouse for this fall southbound trip. They sailed for 20 years on a Freedom 35, but bought the motor sailer this fall, deciding to give up the […]

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