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Our Next Event

Sock Burning Celebration – April 10, 4-6pmsock burning ceremonies
Our club has a tradition of Sock Burning to celebrate warmer weather, the start of the boating season and the opportunity to wear sandals on the water.  This year we will also be celebrating the beginning of the end of the Covid pandemic and our first group social event in the past year.
On April 10, from 4 to 6 PM at Landings Harbor Marina, we will gather around a bonfire to toss our socks into the fire, tell some boating stories, renew old friendships and make new ones.
The Landings Association restricts the use of the park at the marina to no more than 50 people. The CDC recommendation for large gatherings is for everyone to wear masks and socially distance from non-family members. They also recommend not serving food or beverages.  Please bring a mask, your own food or beverages and a chair. Also please bring an old sock to burn and a package of white cotton socks for us to donate to the Chatham Savannah Authority for the Homeless (CSAH). In addition we will be holding our usual 50/50 raffle to benefit the CSAH’s Tiny Houses Project.
We would love for everyone to attend, but due to Covid restrictions we are limiting the attendance to the first 50 people to respond. If you wish to attend please respond by email with your names.  If we exceed 50 people responding, we will maintain a waiting list. If you are able to share a boating story, it will be appreciated.

Please RSVP to siboatingclub@gmail.com

Our December 4 Zoom Meeting

 1) Congratulations to your SIBC 2021 Board Officers and Directors at Large
Earlier this month, the SIBC membership voted on the 2021 slate of Board Officers and Directors at Large.  We congratulate the following Club Members who have stepped up to serve you in the coming year.
Officers:
Commodore – Vacant: Although this position is unfilled for this year, the Board will rotate leadership responsibilities throughout the year.
Vice Commodore – Laurie Sattler
Treasurer – John Gerardi
Secretary – Pam Gerardi
Ex-Officio – Lee Carroll
Directors at Large:
Brian Burtnik
Steve Hernandez
Hugh Upton

We also want to thank the 2020 Board Officers and Directors at Large for their dedicated service to SIBC:  Paulette Hamilton (Commodore), Susie Fusco (Vice Commodore), Dave Angell (Director at Large), Jean Kovaleski (Director at Large), Mark Winters (Director at Large), and Paul Reddick (Director at Large and SIBC Founding Member).  These board officers and directors provided years of dedicated service to SIBC and we are indebted to them for their selfless service.
2) Vote to Amend the SIBC By-Laws Passes for the Membership to Elect the Club Secretary and Treasurer:
Previous to this vote, the SIBC By-Laws specified that the positions of Secretary and Treasurer be appointed by the Club Board, not voted on by the Membership.  In addition, these positions did not carry voting rights up for decisions of the Board.  The By-Laws now includes this provision and as such, the Membership voted and approved Pam Gerardi as Club Secretary and John Gerardi as Treasurer.
3) December 4 TGIF Zoom Membership Input Meeting Discussion:
On Friday, 4 December, over 16 SIBC Membership households logged in to receive updates on what the Club has recently been involved with regarding charity work (Tiny Homes, Second Harvest Food Bank, and Old Savannah City Mission) as well as provided input into what the membership would like to see in 2021 once the Club is able to resume activities post-COVID.  Below is a synopsis of the comments received from the membership:
– Current COVID-19 Guidelines:  Governor Kemp extended the State of Georgia Emergency Public Health Order until 8 January 2021.  The City of Savannah’s Mandatory Mask Order remains in effect.  The Landings Association has closed TLA inside venues such as the Sunset Pavilion at Delegal Marina until further notice.  Outside venues are limited not to exceed 10 people inside the screened in porch at Delegal Marina (Old Captains Lounge) and other outside venues at Landings Harbor are not to exceed 50 people with social distancing and masks.  The Skidaway Island State Park outdoor pavilions are limited not exceed 30 people with social distancing and the indoor group shelter is open for reservations but not to exceed 50 people with social distancing and masks.
– March – SIBC Annual “Burning of the Socks”.  Based on current pandemic guidelines outlined above, it was projected that the first Club activity in 2021 would likely be this event at Landings Harbor. More to follow.
– SIBC 2021 Charity Selection:  Lee Carroll provided an in-depth look at the Tiny Homes Charity for Homeless Veterans the Club has sponsored the last two years.  This charity uses 100% of its donations for the Tiny Homes project.  At this year’s $2,500 check presentation held at the Tiny Homes community, the Club leaders were able to tour the community first hand and talk to residents.  The Tiny Homes project currently has 24 homes for homeless Veterans as well as a community club house and clinic and is working to build 24 additional homes. The SIBC membership has yet to vote on the 2021 charity but it was suggested that the Club consider adopting this Charity going forward.  If you have a charity you would like the Membership to consider, please send your charity nomination to the SIBC email account at siboatingclub@gmail.com
Future events in no specific order:
– Expand Education Opportunities: Members were interested in hearing educational sessions from the Georgia Marine Institute and Grays Reef Marine Sanctuary as well as water training focusing on seamanship and water safety.
– Contract with Capt Mike’s “Island Explorer” Pontoon Boat for outings to Wassau Island and sunset cruise on the Wilmington River.
– SIBC boat owners get together for group sails.
– Partner with The Landings Sailing Program (TLSP) as a reciprocal relationship to expand interest and membership in both organizations (TLSP and SIBC).  As an example, TLSP opened up its December 2020 sail to interested SIBC members held on Sunday, 13 December at Landings Harbor.
– Continue Tiki Bar Sundays at Landings Harbor every Sunday afternoon between April-October (Tiki Bar Sundays are BYOB).
– SIBC Bingo Night.
– 2021 Hook Race at Landings Harbor: This year’s event is targeted to be held in September.
– SIBC Year End Bash: Usually held in October.

If you have any additional ideas for the Club to consider, please send an email to siboatingclub@gmail.com

 August 2020 : Hook Ocean Race Recap 

This year’s Hook race was truly like no other. We had 21 participating boats in three classes. The wind forecast was light at 4-6 knots and lived up to the forecast.
Due to light winds, it took three tries to have a start, either the wind died or the current was too strong for boats to get to the start line. Finally, the Spinnaker class, the last class, started at 11:15am, an hour late!

Sailors raise the spinnaker to help catch the wind
Skipper Eddie Evans and crew on NautonCall

When the committee boat headed out to find the fleet around 3pm, we headed to the north end of Wassaw and saw that most of the fleet would not finish the full course in the allotted time. Boats had to finish by 7pm,
so the Race Officer ,Joleen, shortened the course to the turning mark, R2W off the northeast end of Wassaw Island. Since the seas were rolling a bit, it was decided that the boats take their own time rounding the mark, while the committee boat picked a calm anchorage off Wassaw in sight of the mark.
In the end, 12 boats finished; while the other boats retired sometime during the race. The weather conditions with very light winds made for a much longer race than in the past timewise and made it the shortest distance raced in 5 years.

Team makes its way into Landings Harbor

We appreciate the support of our sponsors during in the present pandemic condition (especially Premier Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway Bay Street Realty). We truly want to thank the sailors, skippers, and crew for making this a truly memorable race. We would not have been able to run the race without our volunteers. Meetings started over 4 months ago to be sure the race was run right, sponsors were solicited, shirts were designed and delivered, etc., there is a lot of planning in running a race like this. Thanks to all our club volunteers!

First-place finisher Doug Powelson and crew on Bonnie Blue
Todd Williams and crew on Grand Cru

Also, congratulations to SIBC members Doug Powelson and Todd Williams for coming in first and second place in the Non-Spinnaker division. 
Let’s hope we have better wind next year!

SIBC Volunteers Susie Fusco, Meri Erickson and Paulette Hamilton
Members gather to watch the finish
Herman and Shanti Stone enjoy the day

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.

 

 

 

RECENT EVENTS

Wednesday July 15 – Tiki Bar Stool Reveal!
The Board has decided to eliminate the social aspect surrounding the member recognition at the Tiki Bar Stool Reveal due to growing concerns for safety from the COVID-19 virus. Those members who are contributing a refurbished bar stool to the Landings Association or who are involved with executing and reporting the results, and the judges who will determine the winning bar stools are welcome to attend. We apologize for this last minute change to what could have been a fun event. We will publish the results after the judging so that the member volunteers will get recognition for their efforts. Thank you for your understanding.
FIRST EVENT OF THE YEAR
2020 VISION
As we looked forward to the New Year and it was great for all of us to get together again. The members only 2020 Vision event at the Sunset Pavillion was Wednesday, January 22 beginning at 6 PM. The cost for this event was $30 per person and was a BYOB.

“Tall Tales” Potluck Dinner
We enjoy friendship around the fireplace at the annual “Tall Tales” Potluck Dinner at Skidaway Island State Park inside the park’s Group Shelter Building. This event featured a presentation by Ruth McMullin on her sailing exploits and recent cruise in the Windward Islands.  We shared appetizers, entrees, veggie/salad/sides and desserts. 

2019 Events

October24 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 ConstructionCo., 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.

 

 

Mar Sock Burning

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

SIBC offered a summer lunch boat cruise to Tybee Island’s AJ’s Restaurant on September 11, 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. 
 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!

 

OTHER RECENT SIBC EVENTS

Sea Sisters go to St Augustine

Also in September 2019, 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.

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.

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Questions about the club and events?Email: siboatingclub@gmail.com

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