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TIME TO RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP FOR 2020
Ahoy Skidaway Island Boating Club Members, as 2019 comes to a close we look forward to sailing into 2020.
SIBC hosted an event almost every month in 2019 with our popular standards such as the Sock Burning, Tall Tales and our signature event The Low Country Hook Ocean Race. New this year, “It’s Five O’clock Somewhere” cocktail showdown, a “Summer Solstice” sunset cruise on the Island Explorer with Captain Buddy and the “Tybee Time” luncheon cruise to AJ’s Dockside Restaurant thanks to Carefree Boat Club; and our “Year End Bingo Bash” all for a reasonable fee or free.
In 2019 we introduced the “Lucky 13” 50/50 Raffle. Our members voted to support The Tiny House project to help provide houses for homeless Veterans. We (you) raised over $3000 which will be presented to Cindy Murphy Kelley, director of Chatham Savannah Authority for the Homeless at our 2020 Opening Event in January.
The social committee has been busy planning events for 2020 for all to enjoy. We are always open to your ideas for future events,
please let us know your ideas.
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Welcome to Skidaway
Skidaway Island Boating Club (SIBC) members welcome Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Bay Street Realty Group to its new offices on Skidaway Island. The agency moved from its long-time location at Ferguson & the Diamond Causeway, onto the island, at Village Walk & Lake Street. At left, SIBC Commodore Paulette Hamilton and Rear Commodore Mark Winters present a framed photograph taken during the club’s Low Country Hook Ocean Race, one of the region’s premier sailing events, which Berkshire Hathaway has sponsored annually. Accepting the warm welcome are Berkshire Hathaway’s Bob & Reba Laramy, and Will Thurman.
Attend our next event:
Wednesday, December 4, 4PM
VIMM (Very Important Member Meeting)
We will be holding a meeting to discuss business and future events for the club. This is your opportunity to meet the newly elected officers and board members for a roundtable discussion and to voice your opinions/feedback.
This meeting will be held at Delegal Marina-the Carefree Boat Club office on the second floor.
Refreshments and snacks will be provided.
50/50 Charity Raffle
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.
October 24 Octoberfest
We enjoyed a taste of the Old Country and a chance to help a great cause as Skidaway Island Boating Club (SIBC), Carefree Boat Club, and the Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) hosted a mouth-watering Oktoberfest October 24 at Landings Harbor Marina. Members of CCA and both boat clubs were invited to enjoy four kinds of brats, ‘kraut, slaw and southern potato salad at the marina picnic grounds.
October 15 – (Tuesday) BBQ & Bingo Bash
The Skidaway Island Boating Club (SIBC) celebrated its fifth year of fun in the sun with a members-only “BBQ & Bingo Bash!” Thursday, October 15, at 6 p.m. at Skidaway Island State Park. A delicious dinner buffet was catered by Dickey’s Barbecue Pit of Savannah, followed by BINGO! This was a free, member appreciation event.
August 24 : Smooth Sailing at ‘Hook’ Race
The weather gods were smiling on the 2019 Low Country Hook Ocean Race. Despite frequent downpours inland, the competitors only encountered favorable wind and water conditions during one of the region’s premier sailing events, held August 24 off the Georgia coast. “It was a really fun race,” said Eric Gotwelt of Savannah, GA, who captained the “Dimarian” to a first place finish in the spinnaker division. “The weather cooperated with us.” Starting at Hilton Head, SC under clear blue skies, and finishing at Landings Harbor Marina on Skidaway Island, GA, where storm clouds barely kissed the coastline, the race course took competitors out into the Atlantic, around Tybee Island, through Wassaw Sound, and up the Wilmington River, forming a hook-shape and covering about 30 nautical miles. The fourth annual event was organized by Skidaway Island Boating Club (SIBC) in partnership with the Yacht Club of Hilton Head (YCHH). Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, Bay Street Realty Group, was the premier sponsor.
Todd Williams of Savannah and his “Grand Cru” won first place in the non-spinnaker A division. Andrew Zeigler of Savannah placed first in the non-spinnaker B division aboard the “Z Breeze.” SIBC’s signature event is a handicapped race to level the field, open to sailboats longer than 22 feet, and is adjudicated by US Sailing race officials. Matt Seif’s “Ruckus,” sailing out of Charleston, SC, took “line honors,” crossing the finish line with the fastest overall time, handicapping aside, in just under four hours, one of the fastest times in the four-year history of the race, due to the reaching start and slack tide.
While many area boat clubs host annual regattas in inland waterways lasting only an hour or more, the Hook is a long-distance endurance race in open ocean waters which historically was a large part of sailboat racing. It has quickly become one of the region’s premier sailing events.“ The continuing support and response to our efforts to revitalize one of this region’s great sailing traditions has been very encouraging,” said SIBC Commodore Paulette Hamilton. “The boating community and the supporting Savannah community have really embraced this event.” Highlights of the race included Savannah’s Ed Owen’s second place finish aboard the “Peregrine” with an all-female crew, and 15-year-old James Thurlow of Hilton Head, SC, who came in a very close fourth place aboard “Fortitude” in his first ocean race. Thurlow and his teen crew missed placing third by just nine seconds. In addition, the annual sportsmanship award was presented to Doug Powelson for his work with the sailing club at The Landings on Skidaway Island. A total of 18 boats entered this year’s competition, lured by the opportunity to re-live a bit of racing history. In addition to YCHH and Berkshire Hathaway, other Hook race supporters included AB Bernstein and Chatham Parkway Lexus, Distinguished Sponsors; and Sound View Wealth Advisors, CGO Wealth Management Group, J.C. Lewis Ford, Vaden Chevrolet, Craftmasters Construction Co., Sailor’s Nautical Services, Hinckley Yacht Services, Cay Insurance Services, and Dr. David Palmer/Optim Orthopedics, Contributing Sponsors. In-kind services provided by Coastal Conservation Association of Georgia, Carefree Boat Club at The Landings, The Landings Association, Harbour Town Yacht Club, and Harbour Town Yacht Basin.
SIBC was formed just five years ago to promote boating and the recreational use of both marinas on the Skidaway Island waterfront.
WINNING CRU – Sonja Wallen, Todd Williams, Hannah Burtnik and Brian Burtnik, of Savannah GA celebrate their win aboard the Grand Cru, which placed first in the non-spinnaker A category in the Low Country Hook Ocean Race, held Aug. 24 off the Georgia Coast. The race is one of the few in the region held in open ocean waters.
IT’S A BREEZE – Savannah’s Andrew Zeigler and crew celebrate as they cross the finish line aboard Z Breeze, taking first place in the non-spinnaker B category in the Low Country Hook Ocean Race held Aug. 24 off the Georgia Coast.
A GOOD SPORT – Doug Powelson of Skidaway Island, GA receives the Marty Vernick Sportsmanship Award for his contributions to the sport of sailing at the Low Country Hook Ocean Race awards dinner held Aug. 24 at Priests Landing Marina at The Landings on Skidaway Island.
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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