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Morningstar Marina at Golden Isles

The fleet is really enjoying the stay at Morningstar Marina at Golden Isles (aka Golden Isles Marina). While some of us were lucky enough to arrive at slack current, that was impossible for all. The Georgia current runs up to three knots on the ebb, but this is just part of the daily cycle of docking […]


Farewell Providence

Today the entire fleet arrived at St. Simons Island, one of the “Golden Isles” of Georgia’s coast. In fact, we’re docked at Golden Isles Marina, along the western side of the island. Here is a view of the marina, taken by Paul Lang on s/v Enough, as the last of the fleet made it in just before […]

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Georgia’s Tides and Currents

Today was one of our trickiest days. Georgia has about eight feet of tide so that translates into some serious current at the docks. Obviously, it’s best to extricate yourself from your slip, and turn in a narrow fairway, at slack current. Georgia also has the most troublesome of the shoaled trouble spots, most notably […]


The Dog Trolley

Today was set aside for touring Savannah’s historic district. Since most ICW travelers stay in the village of Thunderbolt, transportation into downtown Savannah takes some planning. You can take the public transit system, but that involves a fairly long walk along a busy service road and then a long bus ride. It’s cheap, but it’s […]

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Our Catamaran Fleet

Our stay here at Savannah Bend Marina reminds us of how tricky it is to fit 20 boats into a single facility during peak southbound fall season. And catamarans, with beams of 18 to 22 feet, make it all the tougher. But cats are no longer just charter boats in tropical islands—they are commonplace now among […]

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To Savannah for Shrimp

Today was forecast for 100% rain, but that doesn’t necessarily mean rain ALL day. So we took our odds and left Beaufort before sunrise. Everyone was ready for a potentially soggy day, but it never happened. It was hazy and overcast but the rain never came and it ended up being a balmy and pleasant […]


Welcomed by the Beaufort Yacht & Sailing Club

Today the Rally fleet was welcomed by the Beaufort Yacht & Sailing Club. If you’ve visited Beaufort, you may not have noticed this club because it isn’t located in town. But from the town waterfront, if you look across the Beaufort River and to the southeast, you can see the club’s mooring field along the western […]

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A Day in Beaufort

Today was a busy day, with all day set aside for the Rally fleet to tour Beaufort and experience Lowcountry culture, history, and cuisine. Thank goodness it was a glorious fall day – seventy degrees and sunny, and with a good breeze coming in over the sea islands!  This panoramic shot of the fleet at the […]

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Farewell Janet, Welcome Carla

A day without dolphins is like a day without sunshine! You can expect to see dolphins every day south of about Carteret County in North Carolina. This shot was captured by s/v Kinship during today’s run down to Beaufort, South Carolina. But today is a bittersweet day. We’ll say goodbye to Janet Boettcher on s/v Foreign […]

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Charleston’s Smoke on the Harbor

Thanks to Cristina Sison on co-leader boat m/v Tadhana and Melba Covert on s/v Il Nostro Sogno for being guest contributors for this post! Getting into Charleston Harbor Marina can be tricky with the strong current in the Cooper River, but the Rally boats managed to get themselves situated in their slips with little trouble, coming in […]

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