Tour R/V Song of the Whale in Savannah

Ahoy Members!

R/V Song of the Whale arrived in Savannah on January 27th at Rousakis Plaza on River Street. Having sailed from the U.K. to Fernandina Island in Florida, she will follow the migration of the North Atlantic Right Whale from their calving grounds here in the southeast up to Canada, working with leading North Atlantic right whale researchers to address data gaps fundamental to the survival of the species. IFAW commissioned the vessel in 2004 to provide an offshore platform to enhance monitoring and research efforts of marine mammals, particularly whales. The Song of the Whale is a 21-meter sailing vessel, purpose built to be the quietest research vessel in the world.

See photos taken during the visit to R/V Song of the Whale..
Photos taken during SIBC visit

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2023 Membership Drive

SIBC is kicking off its membership renewal drive for 2023 starting December 26th and ending January 6th.  In order for you to vote on the new slate of SIBC officers and directors in January, your SIBC membership must be up-to-date.

Household memberships are still only $75 and single memberships are only $50.  SIBC Membership is one of the best values for the money at The Landings and our prices are holding steady even in this inflationary economy.  Your investment in a membership to SIBC is one of the most inexpensive ways on Skidaway Island to meet like-minded boating enthusiasts, to enjoy social activities on and off the water and to learn more about boating in the Low Country.

The SIBC Social Committee has been working hard to develop exciting activities for calendar year 2023 based on the feedback we received from our members survey and we don’t want you to miss out on any of these exciting activities.  The SIBC Board has increased the number of on the water events, social events and learning opportunities in calendar year 2023…so don’t miss out!!  The final schedule of events for 2023 will be solidified in late January or early February.

Navigate to the Membership Application page to pay for your membership with PayPal.

SIBC Membership Application Page

Hope to see you at one of our events…

Hugh Upton
SIBC Commodore

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December Commodore’s Log

Ahoy SIBC Members,

Please find attached the Commodore’s Log for the month of December.

Hugh Upton SIBC Commodore

Commodore’s Log – December 2022

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November Commodore’s Log

Ahoy SIBC Members,

Please find attached the Commodore’s Log for the month of November.

Hugh Upton SIBC Commodore

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Tiny House Donation Presentation

Members of the club attended a tour of the Tiny Homes project (Chatham-Savannah Homeless Authority) on Saturday, Nov 12. The Tiny House Project reduces veteran homelessness by providing a community of permanent, affordable tiny homes.

Commodore Hugh Upton presented donations of $2,000 from the Skidaway Island Boating Club and $500 from the Chatham Sailing Club (CSC). CSC was donating a portion of the sponsor proceeds from the Low Country Hook Ocean Race and could not be in attendance due to a regatta on the same day.

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October Commodore’s Log

Ahoy SIBC Members,

Please find attached the Commodore’s Log for the month of October.

Hugh Upton SIBC Commodore

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A Beautiful Day Playing With Dolphins

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SIBC Year End Bash Photos

Below is a link to the Year End Bash Photos

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September Commodore’s Log

Ahoy SIBC Members,

Please find attached the Commodore’s Log for the month of September.

Hugh Upton SIBC Commodore

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2022 Low Country Hook Ocean Race

There is no better place for boating than the Low Country of South Carolina and Georgia, and it has been a popular spot for sailing for generations. The Low Country Hook Ocean Race regatta offers sailors a unique experience with a course that resembles a large hook, hence the name. The Hook Race is the only open ocean water sailing event in the Low Country. While many area boat clubs host annual regattas in inland waterways, the Hook offers the opportunity to compete in open ocean waters for several hours which historically was a large part of sailboat racing.

This year, SIBC hosted a Dockside bar event for members, sailors and spectators. With the last to finish at 3:45 PM, the Dockside bar was bustling with sailors telling the tales of the day. One sailor likened the time in the ocean to being in a cement mixer. Many thanks to Dianne & Paul Bloom who served as bartenders for the event.

This year there were 21 boats at the starting line. With a strong favorable breeze and tide, the first to cross the finish line at Landings Harbor was High Visibility, a Savannah Yacht Club J/105, finishing with a corrected time of 3 hrs 33 minutes. This was the fastest Hook Race and a wild ride for competitors that flew spinnakers south past Tybee Island. A Landings Harbor  J/24, ROGUE, finished with the second best corrected tine of 3 hrs 34 min. This also placed her at the top of the J/24 class. The non-spinnaker class winner was Shazam, as 28′ Beneteau from the Chatham Sailing Club. The cruising class winner was Merlin, a 30′ Pearson from the Chatham Sailing Club. The Landings Sailing Club’s J/24, Bonnie Blue, captured a 3rd place in the J/24 class.

Photos of some of  the finishers can be seen with the link below.

Hook Ocean Race Finish at LHM

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