1 LiveBloggin' the ICW: November 2017

Friday, November 10, 2017

Cuba Webinar, Cocoa Seminars, the ICW Rally and ICW news....

There is so much going on right now, it's hard to know what to tell you first, but let's see what I can do. This post is going to be short and sweet, but full of stuff you need to know!
First, let me remind you of the full day cruising seminar in Cocoa, on December 2. Our feature speaker is Fatty Goodlander, who will give the keynote address, and in the afternoon do a three hour cruising seminar. You can find more details, and get your tickets at Cocoa Cruising Seminar.
Let me remind you, this will be Fatty's last US appearance before he takes off into the blue on his fourth circumnavigation. I will be speaking on Cuba, and Pam Wall will be discussing crossing the Gulf Stream and cruising in the Bahamas. You don't want to miss this event.

Ok, next up - the new Cuba regulations have come out and are now in effect. Things are significantly different. If you are considering a cruise to Cuba, you'll need to know what's going on and what has changed.
I'll be doing an online webinar on the topic on Monday, November 14 at 7 pm EST - here's the link for that: Cuba Cruising Seminar - the New Rules You can set a reminder for yourself by clicking on the 'reminder link' on the youtube page.
The Sail to the Sun ICW Rally is now in Charleston at Charleston Resort Harbor Marine, and everyone is having a great time. This Rally was called by one observer "a two month floating party" and it most certainly is that. Stay tuned for another blog post next week with a full update on the Rally, including photos.
Lastly, if you're looking for top notch ICW navigation information, one of the people you need to be following is Tom Hale. Case in point - the New River Inlet in North Carolina has shoaled significantly in the past year, and following the magenta line at anything less than half tide is a guarantee that you're going to be calling your towing service.
With 14 boats to bring through the area and at low tide no less, I was desperate for good information, so I called up Tom, a long time friend. Tom is a couple of days ahead of us, and he had the waypoints to get us through the inlet. I saw no less than 9 feet under the keel using his waypoints.
Tom, thanks again for your help. Much appreciated.
That's it for today - I'm off to join the group and explore Charleston.