July Commodore’s Log

Ahoy SIBC Members,

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

Hugh Upton SIBC Commodore

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Pontoon Boat Sunset Dolphin/Dinner Cruise

26 SIBC members were treated to a Pontoon Boat Sunset Dolphin/Dinner Cruise on Wednesday evening July 13th. Thunderstorms were clearing and we left LHM on a flood tide headed to an 9.7 ft high tide at 9:33 pm as a result of a full moon. Conditions were close to perfect, light winds, flat seas and no thunderstorms in sight.

We headed out of LHM to the Wilmington River towards Wassaw Island North Beach. Since conditions were so ideal, we began to serve dinner almost immediately. On the way, we boated close to Cabbage Island and came across a flock of rare white pelicans which were a delight for everyone to see.

We then crossed Wilmington River and passed Sister Island and entered Romerly Marsh Creek. The tide was so high, water was everywhere and the marsh grass was no more than an inch or two above the waterline. The white egret’s we came across in flight were beautiful and provided a spectacular backdrop against the green marsh grass for our cruise.

Our course wound around the marshes and we came close to Wassaw Island North Beach. Here we came across a whole pod of Dolphins and we followed the pod for some time. They provided a spectacular show for us with some coming very close to the Pontoon Boat to the delight of all on board. A lone sailboat joined us as we followed the pod of dolphins and this provide a beautiful backdrop for photos of the dolphins. Following our encounter with the dolphins we headed back to Landings Harbor Marina into a setting sun.

This was truly a memorable cruise. Every member had a great time and all were sad to see it come to a close.

Click here for a link to all the photos: Pontoon Boat Sunset Dolphin/Dinner Cruise

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UGA Trawl to Trash Outing

On July 5th, several SIBC Members climbed aboard the UGA Marine Education Center and Aquarium’s research vessel, the Sea Dawg, for a morning trawl in Wassaw Sound! We learned how to identify different types of marine life found in tidal rivers while learning about Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant’s new Trawl to Trash program, which is designed to prevent litter from entering the marine environment. We actually construct our own trawl to trash bags using recycled shrimp net material so that it can be used to collect marine debris along the coast! This was a very educational event and the weather was sunny and clear. A great time on Wassaw Sound learning about marine life in our area and watching the Sea Dawg at work!!

Photos of the event can be found at this link:UGA Trawl to Trash Outing

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June Commodore’s Log

Ahoy SIBC Members,

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

Hugh Upton SIBC Commodore

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SICB’s Father’s Day BBQ

Photos from the Fathers Day BBQ at the Dockside Bar

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Photos From Ossabaw Island Tour

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Fathers Day Grilling at The Dockside Bar June 17th

Ahoy SIBC Members,

Are you staying home on Fathers Day Weekend and looking for a way to celebrate?

SIBC has the ticket for you….we will be offering Fathers grilled hamburgers and foot long hot dogs with all the trimmings as well as beer, wine and margaritas for a small donation during the Dockside Bar Friday Happy Hour June 17th. We will also have baked beans, potato salad and coleslaw available for your enjoyment.

The last time we grilled hamburgers and foot long hot dogs at the Dockside Bar we received many compliments about how good the hamburgers and hot dogs were so we are doing it again (assuming the weather cooperates).

In order to ensure that we purchase the right number of hamburgers and hot dogs for the event, we are requesting that you RSVP to hughandcharlene@gmail.com with the number of hamburgers and/or hot dogs you anticipate eating.

Thanks for taking the time to RSVP…..

See you at the Dockside Bar on June 17th!


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May 6th Bar-B-Q/Sock Burning Event

Fun was had by all at the Annual Sock Burning Celebration.

The annual sock burning began in the Spring of 1978, when, after a snowy winter, boatbuilder Bob Turner bid his oppressive sock-wearing days farewell for the summer by throwing them into a campfire.

What was an act of defiance turned into a tradition, and soon marinas and boating clubs around the country will celebrate the return of Spring, Sperry topsiders, flip flops, and best of all, boating season. Turner stated to Baltimore Magazine that he was amazed at the lasting impression he’s made.

“It was never meant to be taken seriously. It just says, ‘Enough with the socks! Time to go sailing!'”  Or any form of boating…

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Commodore Log – May 20th, 2022

Commodore Log

Ahoy from the Desk of your Commodore.

Well the month of May has been a month of transition in the marine weather. Winds and rough sea conditions with the ensuing small craft advisories transitioned to light breezes and temperatures in the mid to high 80’s. Perfect conditions to be boating in the Low Country.

The SIBC Bar-B-Q/Sock Burning Event held May 6th was caught in the period of weather transition in early May. Skies were overcas t and threating rain during the entire event. We were briefly rained on and had to move the food tables under the eves of the Dockside Bar. But SIBC Members were not detered by a little rain. We just carried on since we come from sturdy sailor stock. Rain and wind are just part of the challenges to Mariners.

The BBQ/Sock Burning Event was a rousing success. 40 SIBC members attended the event and we had ample hamburgers, hot dogs, beer, wine and margaritas for all. We burned our old socks, toasted in the 2022 boating season and donated an overflowing basket of clean socks to Chatham Savannah Authority for the Homeless. I was even presented with an unexpected gift of a real “Commodores Hat” by Lee Carroll making my transition to SIBC Commodore official. Photos from the event can be viewed in the Post.

Boating Safety News

Will Hurricane Season Be Starting Earlier?

The current six-month Atlantic Hurricane Season, set in 1965, begins June 1 and runs through November 30. But if you have a recreational boat on the Eastern Seaboard or Gulf, you’ve likely noticed that the last seven annual hurricane seasons have experienced some type of tropical storm system in May – or earlier.Those early forming storms are now leading the National Weather Service to consider officially moving the hurricane season up two weeks to May 15. What’s a boater to do?

“You can’t change hurricane season, but you can set up a customized hurricane plan for your boat now,” says Scott Croft, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) vice president, Public Affairs.

Researchers from Colorado State University are predicting another active Atlantic hurricane season for 2022 with 19 named storms and nine expected to reach hurricane strength (winds of 74 mph or greater). BoatUS notes it is the wind driven storm surge of water that causes the most damage to recreational vessels as docks and infrastructure are torn apart and lowland boat storage areas flood. BoatUS, the national advocacy, services and safety group for boat owners with more than 800,000 members, has free recreational boat-, yacht club-, and marina-preparation information at BoatUS.com/Hurricanes. Also offered is an extensive library of hurricane-preparation videos and BoatUS Magazine articles containing proven tips and techniques amassed from the nearly four decades of post-storm recreational vessel recovery, salvage, and wreck removal experience.

“How to Find and Fix Potential Breaking Points on Your Boat” and “How Not to Read a Hurricane Map” are just a couple of the helpful short reads available. More extensive downloadable guides include “BoatUS Magazine Hurricane Preparations” and “Preparing Boats and Marinas for Hurricanes” and an easy-to download “BoatUS Hurricane Preparation Worksheet” to take with you to the boat.

To help know when to prepare, an Active Storm Tracker helps keep boaters up todate on the direction and intensity of incoming storms, and the BoatUS App offers text alerts.

Boat Yard Blues
by Carl Ridgeway

If you’re a sailboat owner, like me, or the owner of any boat that is too big to be trailered, you know the pain of finding an affordable and reliable boatyard in the Savannah area. Sail Harbor, on Turners Creek, was my go-to for bottom paint, rigging and other services. With their 10 ton travel lift, ample hard pan for bracing and working on boats, and a helpful and competent staff I knew my boat, and my wallet, was in capable hands.

Alas, Sail Harbor boatyard is no more. Having been sold and now operating as Savannah Marina, gone is the boatyard, leaving us to choose between Hinckley or Thunderbolt marinas, as if that’s a choice. (my boat is too small to be of interest to Thunderbolt and my wallet is too small for Hinckley) But fear not! The Cavalry is coming over the ridge, all be it a ways off. The Donnelly brothers have acquired the old Sasser’s boatyard on Turner’s Creek in Wilmington Island and plan to have a new full service facility up and running about two years from now. While they are still in the permitting phase, work has already begun on the infrastructure. There are plans for a travel lift and even revitalizing the old rail hoist which was once used to haul out shrimp boats. This is particularly promising as it would be convenient for the county and state vessels operating in our area. Development is still in the early stages but I, for one, choose to be optimistic and, for the time being, will sail my boat to either Landing Boatyard in Brunswick or Marsh Harbor Boat Works in Beaufort, SC in search of affordable, reliable service.

Help Wanted

SIBC is seeking volunteer help from our members due to a recent loss of several of our key officers for various reasons.

We currently are seeking members who can help us with the following positions:

Interim SIBC Board Secretary
  • Attend Board Meetings
  • Is a Voting Board Member
  • Records Proceedings and prepares monthly Board Minutes and Agendas
  • Keeps papers, records & documents of the Club
Interim SIBC Treasurer
  • Collects all dues, initiation fees, assessments and other moneys due the Club
  • Keeps record of payments by members
  • Makes all authorized disbursements
  • Provides a detailed written report of monthly covering receipts and expenditures
  • Performs all the Clubs banking
  • Reports to the Board monthly and membership at regular Club meeting the financial condition of the Club
Interim Vice Commodore
  • Assist the Commodore in the discharge of his duties
  • In the absence or disability of the Commodore, serve as acting Commodore

SIBC Upcoming Events

Dockside Bar – May 20th, June 3rd, 17th from 5pm to 7pm
June 11th – Pontoon Boat to Ossabaw Island
June 25th – The Savannah Bananas
August 12 – Tall Tales
September 17th – Hook Race – Finish Line LHM and Celebration at Dockside Bar

Email hughandcharlene@gmail.com with questions or for

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TLA 50th Anniversary Landings Night at Greyson Stadium

4/25/2022 – Your Board met yesterday and wanted to pass on an opportunity for an evening with the Savannah Bananas on June 25th at 7 pm.

The TLA worked with the Bananas to organize a special 50th Anniversary Landings Night at the Ballpark on June 25 at 7 p.m. There are a block of tickets reserved for Landing residents. The Board thought that it would be a fun opportunity to show SIBC support for the 50th Anniversary Landings Night. If you are interested in getting tickets here is the link:


Don’t forget to wear your SIBC paraphernalia. We will try and sit together as a group.

See you on the water!!!

Hugh Upton
SIBC Commodore

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