We love to meet and do anything we can think of in sight of, near to, or on the water! Owning a boat is not a requirement. Everyone who loves the water and our beautiful Skidaway waterfront is welcomed!
Attend our next event:
2019 Low Country Hook Ocean Race August 23-24
It’s time once again for SIBC’s signature and exciting annual event: The 2019 Low Country Hook Ocean Race to be held 23-24 August 2019 at Landings Harbor Marina! The “Hook Race” is a sailboat race from Hilton Head Island to Landings Harbor. The race kicks off with a Captains Dinner on Friday, August 23 on Hilton Head Island and culminates in the sailing boats racing to Landings Harbor on Saturday, 24 August. This year as in the past, proves to be another exciting event where the skippers test their ocean sailing mettle and vie for race winning bragging rights for the coming year. If you have never attended this annual event in the past you are in for an exciting treat!
Members and Non-members are encouraged to come to Landings Harbor and watch the sailing boats complete the race on Saturday afternoon and to sign up and attend the SIBC sponsored awards dinner at the Landings Harbor picnic area starting at 6:00 PM that evening following the race. The race awards dinner is an SIBC event for members, non-members, and race competitors alike. We will have a delicious catered meal from Barnes Restaurant, live music provided by the band “Towering Pines”, cash bar with beer, wine and mint julep ice cones, race awards, dancing, and more fun than a crew of salty sailors can handle.
We have submitted the final headcount to the dinner caterer, and therefore, unfortunately, the event is closed for any new award dinner tickets.
If you have a sailboat and want to race in one of the three race divisions there is still time to enter: spinnaker, non-spinnaker, or cruising class, please register at: 2019 Low Country Hook Ocean Race : Skidaway Island Boating Club
We have kicked off our 50/50 raffle to benefit the Tiny House charityRaffles will be held at each SIBC event this year. Tickets are 1 for $1; 6 for $5; or “Lucky” 13 for $10. Exact change is appreciated.
TIME TO RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP FOR 2019
The Social committee has put together some new and fun events for this year, like “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere” cocktail party, a sunset cruise and a Sunrise Breakfast. We will be featuring a 50/50 raffle at each event (beginning in February) with proceeds going to a local organization – one we hope you will help us choose from one of the suggested (they will be featured at the event) or one that you may have in mind.
The 2019 Membership dues can be paid by Paypal or credit card (below) or by sending (mail or tube) a check made to “SIBC” to Susie Fusco at 3 Brooks Lane Savannah, GA 31411.
BOAT CLUB KICKS OFF 2019
Close to 90 SIBC members started the new year in style with our annual kick-off dinner and new member sign-up, held Jan. 17 in the Plantation Ballroom. The festive and informative kick-off event featured a delicious three-course dinner, an update on planned events, and the transferring of the captain’s hat to in-coming commodore Paulette Hamilton.
Members also voted on which charitable organization the club will support through its fundraising efforts. The final tally clearly showed our overwhelming support for The Tiny House Project for Veterans, sponsored by the Chatham-Savannah Authority for the Homeless, which received more than half the votes. Our donations to this sorely needed project off Wheaton Street will help restore dignity to our forgotten veterans. Boat clubs across the country are known for their charitable activities. SIBC is ready to step up, too!
Tall Tales Feb 24
The “Tall Tales” Potluck Dinner, was held at the Skidaway Island State Park’s Group Shelter Building. We enjoyed friendship around the fireplace as Lee Carroll, our well travelled skipper, espoused a few tall tales from his voyage from Manila to Hong Kong. There was no charge for this potluck dinner and BYOB event.
Sock Burning Mar 7
The club held our annual “burning of the socks” event at Landings Harbor. We brought our old worn out cotton socks to be burned that symbolized the beginning of the boating season where we shed our winter clothes and welcome the coming of spring! This event was BYOB with chili (meat and vegetarian) and cornbread compliments of The Marshes of Skidaway Island. Our guest speaker was Ms. Cindy Kelley, the Executive Director of the Chatham Savannah Authority For The Homeless. Members were requested to bring a package of new white cotton socks for donation or a suggested cash contribution of $10 to aid in this worthy cause supporting the Savannah community.
It’s 5 O’clock Somewhere” Cocktail Challenge!!
The May 25 ‘5:00 Somewhere’ Cocktail Challenge was a blast. Approximately 50 members and guests showed up for the challenge, enjoying the food, the drinks, a game or two of corn hole and the camaraderie of fellow members. And the weather? We couldn’t have asked for a better evening, low humidity, light breeze, clear skies. The array of food was incredible, lots of different dishes and all so yummy. We had quite a few choices in the cocktail challenge,Sangria, Painkillers, Pelicans, SSOS and Mint Julep snow cones to mention a few……our winner was Michael Mays who made the snow cones. His prize? What else but a Parrot Head hat…….
June 21 Sunset Cruise
We cruised on Capt. Mike Neal’s pontoon ‘Island Explorer’ on the Summer Solstice, leaving from Landings Harbor marina at 6:30 PM for a two hour cruise. This event was limited to 32 people and was a BYOB with complementary finger foods provided.
“Tybee Time” Cruise to AJ’s Restaurant
The July SIBC event offering was a summer lunch boat cruise to Tybee Island’s AJ’s Restaurant on rescheduled to Monday, August 5, 2019, departing from Landings Harbor.
The boats for this event were provided by Carefree Boat Club at The Landings. Following a leisurely river view lunch at AJ’s, the group will returned to Landings Harbor at approximately 2:30 PM.
The Skidaway Island Boating Club (SIBC) celebrated the traditional end of the boating season with a “Spooktacular Year-end Bash” which was held on Thursday, October 18th. The Year-end Bash was a monstrous success, with Spooktacular decorations, devilishly good food, and a frightfully good time enjoyed by all. Ghosts fluttering in the breeze welcomed guests in the entranceway, Barnes Catering served up fantastic food, and the music kept everyone in the mood! Many embraced the spirit of the evening, attending in costume. Judges awarded prizes for some very unique categories, which were won by a biker chick, a Pope, and a 1950s sock-hopper! Three cheers for all of our contestants!
Many thanks to Susie Fusco and her crew for putting this event together. The event marks the traditional end of the boating season, even though boating is enjoyed year-round here on Skidaway.
Keep an eye out for announcements on SIBC social events in future newsletters as you enjoy the upcoming holidays.
OTHER RECENT SIBC EVENTS
On September 11th, the Carefree Boat Club hosted a cruise to A-J’s for lunch. Sixteen SIBC members participated; it was a picture perfect day to enjoy the hour long cruise. A big thank you to the Carefree Boat Club for their generosity!
Also in September, A group of women from the SIBC, known as the Sea Sisters (a faction of the Carefree Boat Club) took a short holiday in St. Augustine, FL. St. Augustine, founded in 1565, is the oldest city in the US. The Sea Sisters took advantage of one of the benefits Carefree Boat Club offers – reciprocity with other Carefree locations. They cruised the intercostal waterway on a 22′ pontoon boat named General Relativity.
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