SAIL’s 2015 ICW Snowbird Rally

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)

Dockage discounts

Fuel discounts

Equipment discounts

 

2015 ICW Snowbird Rally Press Release