Discover and experience the
Intracoastal Waterway with SAIL
Our mission is to provide resources, seminars and events to both current and aspiring cruisers interested in experiencing the Intercoastal Waterway. Through our team of experts, we bring you the most up-to-date, comprehensive network of knowledge and support to help make your trip down the ICW as fun and stress-free as possible. For this year’s itinerary, click here.
The 2015 Snowbird Rally departs Hampton, Virginia on Friday, October 23, and ends in St. Augustine, Florida, on Tuesday, December 1. Ably guided by cruising guide authors Mark & Diana Doyle and mechanical systems expert Tom Hale, veterans of the 2014 event, the 20-boat flotilla will transit this iconic waterway safely and in style.
The schedule has been tailored to allow plenty of opportunity for sightseeing and rest at some of the most beautiful stops along the ICW while keeping long transits to a minimum. We’ll pass through the pristine Dismal Swamp Canal and welcoming Elizabeth City to visit charming historic waterfront towns such as Oriental, Beaufort, and Southport in North Carolina.
From there we’ll make a succession of stops at cozy marinas and pretty anchorages, enjoying parties and potluck dinners along the way. We’ll take in the delights of Charleston and Beaufort in South Carolina, and Savannah, Jekyll Island and St. Mary’s in Georgia. At St. Mary’s we’ll celebrate the holiday with other southbounders at its famed Cruisers’ Thanksgiving Potluck before heading to Cumberland Island National Seashore to see the wild ponies.
When we arrive in St Augustine, we’ll join the renowned Nights of Lights, and then wind up the Rally with a farewell party and a day-long seminar on your next cruising options in the Florida Keys, Bahamas, Cuba, and the Caribbean. You’ll come away from the Snowbird Rally with new skills, new friends, and the memory of a grand adventure shared.
EVENT REGISTRATION INCLUDES
Copy of On the Water ChartGuides cruising guide for the Intercoastal Waterway
Registration for captain and crew to SAIL Magazine 2015 Secrets of the ICW Seminar (October 11, Annapolis, MD)
Registration for captain and crew to Hampton Snowbird Rendezvous (October 15-18, Hampton, VA)
Registration for captain and crew to SAIL Magazine Bon Voyage Party (October 20, Hampton, VA)
Registration for captain and crew to SAIL Magazine Arrival Celebration Party (December 1, St. Augustine, FL)
Registration for captain and crew to SAIL Magazine Sailing South Seminar (December 5, St. Augustine, FL)
Skipper Registrant Bag containing gifts from SAIL Magazine and SAIL ICW Rally sponsors and supporters
RALLY GUIDANCE & SUPPORT
Two guide boats and one SAIL Magazine editor boat
Planning and piloting leadership provided by Mark & Diana Doyle, authors of On the Water ChartGuides
Mechanical and electrical support provided by Tom Hale, former Technical VP, ABYC
SAIL Magazine Harbor Host Network support
Seven Seas Cruising Association (SSCA) Cruising Station support
Pre-departure inspections and preparedness consultations
Seven detailed mile-by-mile route briefings
Weather and inlet routing
Marina concierge reservation services
Lead boat guidance through 16 shallow ICW trouble spots
RALLY PARTICIPANT DISCOUNTED GOODS & SERVICES
Pre-departure dive service discounts (hull cleaning and zinc replacement)
Pre-departure mechanical services discounts (fluids, filters, belts, impellers)