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The Cruising Community

Cruisers help other cruisers. We are a pay-it-forward community maybe because we’re all far from home, in unfamiliar places, and typically without a car. So, we help one another, knowing that some days you provide the help, and on other days, you must rely on others. “Cruising community” is not an empty phrase. It all started with our […]

Southern Cross

Double Trouble

Today was the day for two “trouble spots” — those troublesome areas of the ICW that keep shoaling in. The pinch-points used to be up in North Carolina, like Lockwoods Folly. In fact, Gil Gelineau on s/v Ithaka with the Rally remembers his dad running hard aground at Lockwoods Folly decades ago. We went right […]

Sirius Signal

The 2015 @sailmagazine ICW Rally fleet! Each equipped with a #SiriusSignal #SOSDistressLight

Cape Romain NWR

You Can’t Always Get What You Want

When it comes to tides and shoal areas, you can’t always get what you want. Sometimes the tidal cycle just doesn’t time out perfectly with the limited autumn daylight hours. But if you take some time, you get what you need. In our case, just over six feet to clear our deepest draft vessels. More tomorrow on […]


Spyderco Knives!

  One of the tricky logistics on a long-distance cruise is coordinating shipments of mail and packages. With vagaries of delivery time and weather planning, it’s easy to miss a package. That’s what happened to one of our coveted Rally raffle prize shipments, missed by one day at a North Carolina stop. The Spyderco knives?! Oh no! […]

Maureen Judd

It Isn’t All Sunshine

Last year’s fall season was one of the coldest we’ve seen on the ICW, with morning ice on the decks as far south as South Carolina. This fall is balmy and warm — but is it ever wet!  You may have heard about all the rain and flooding in Charleston where we’re heading in the […]


Our Hampton Snowbird Rendezvous Boats

This year, the Rally registration fee included a multi-day bonus: participation in the Hampton Snowbird Rendezvous. Now in its third year, this four-day, intimate, southbound-cruiser event is always a sold-out event. This year, in addition to the usual seminars, social gatherings, and safety checks, the Rally got an extra bonus: two boats joined the fleet. Since […]

Robert Creech Ed Kern Mantus Anchor

Mantus Anchors at Mr. P’s

Tonight was the fleet dinner at Mr. P’s Bistro in Southport — Topsail Sound oysters, crab-stuffed wontons, shrimp-n-grits, fried green tomatoes, shrimp gumbo, blueberry & honey cheesecake – need I say more? Their food is phenomenal. And tonight was also the raffle for the Mantus anchor. These new-generation anchors are much-coveted by boaters. Mantus Anchors generously […]

Joni Schinske Robert Kay Creech

Southport Welcome

The fleet arrived at Southport, North Carolina, to a welcome reception by the town and Zimmerman Marine. The Mayor Pro-Tem Mary Ellen Poole (right of proclamation) and Alderman Todd Coring (behind right of proclamation) kicked off the wine-and-cheese deck party with a formal proclamation signed by the mayor himself: A big thank-you to Hank Whitley and his […]

ACR Anne Golensky (1)

ACR Firefly Strobe

One of the items the Rallyers received in their captains’ bags was an ACR Firefly Pro WATERBUG Water-Activated Strobe Light. Probably most boaters, especially those that go offshore, would agree that man-overboard is one of their greatest fears. The Firefly is a small unit that straps onto a PFD and, in the event of someone falling […]

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