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 […]

Sadie Flossie B waiting for a bridge

Wrightsville Beach

There was a bit of delay getting underway this morning … fog. The downside of these balmy temperatures (overnight was 68 degrees and perfectly calm) is that fog forms. The advance part of the fleet, ahead at Topsail Sound, could move, but those boats anchored in Mile Hammock Bay, or docked at New River Marina, had […]

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Bogue Sound and Our Deep-Draft Vessels

In some ways, Bogue Sound is easy: Stay between the red and green dayboards. But it’s also deceiving. Just outside that narrow channel with cross-setting current or wind, it’s really shallow. As in birds-standing-on-shoals or fishermen-in-waders shallow. There are also a couple of “trouble spot,” areas that continually shoal up in the channel, raising the stress level for […]

Paul Lang Has Royer Spooner Creek

Welcome to the Fleet!

Two single-hander boats caught up with the fleet in Oriental, North Carolina. We’d like to introduce them as the first of a series of boater bios on the rest of our Rally group. Welcome Paul and Has! And, this was not a set-up, but by coincidence, they BOTH won one of today’s raffle prizes! Today […]

Oriental Harbor Rally Fleet by Dwayne

Oriental, North Carolina

If you’ve ever been to Oriental, you’ll understand the challenge. They actually fit 19 of the Rally boats, including four catamarans, into the inner harbor! A big thank-you to Oriental Marina & Inn, Pat Stockwell at Inland Waterway Provision Company, and the Waterfront Committee, for clearing town and commercial docks to make space for us. Dwayne Boettcher […]

SAIL Logo Pumpkin

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween from the SAIL Magazine ICW Rally Fleet in Oriental, North Carolina!

Dowry Creek Sunrise (1)

The Platters: BBQ and Music at Dowry Creek Marina

Dowry Creek Marina is always a great stop: stunning location, friendly ambiance, poolside captains’ lounge with evening happy hour get-togethers. But for the Rally, Mary Klapperich and Nick Leva really rolled out the welcome mat, arranging a Downeast BBQ dinner with live local entertainment. Just another community band you might think? It turns out that Milton Bullock, of […]

Providence

The Inner Banks

If you have friends or family in the Rally, and you haven’t heard much from them lately, don’t worry.  We’re in the area of North Carolina known as the Inner Banks (protected by the Outer Banks). For ICW travelers, it’s known as the area with no cell service. Here’s an AT&T coverage map: That’s us, […]

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