Hampton ICW Snowbird Rendezvous

22 Aug

October 17-20, 2019

The very popular and successful “Hampton Snowbird Rendezvous” is returning to Hampton, VA, after a year’s hiatus.  This rendezvous draws cruisers from across the North East, Mid-Atlantic and eastern Canada for four days of social functions and ICW cruising-related educational seminars. It is the place to meet, socialize, learn about cruising the ICW and buddy boat with fellow ICW travelers. This event,  sponsored by the City of Hampton, is a cruiser organized and run event.

Learn the secrets of traveling the Intracoastal Waterway from Tom Hale, (SAIL Magazine, and co-leader of the SAIL Rally down the ICW in ’14 and ’15, veteran of 11 ICW transits.) and Jody Argo Schroath of Chesapeake Bay Media  (Over 20 ICW transits) who has written two guide books on the ICW including a mile by mile guide to the ICW.  Ed Tillett,  Managing Editor of Waterway Guide will cover the features and benefits on the towns and villages along the way, and the latest up to date information on the popular winter destinations including Stuart, Marathon and Fort Myers.   Jody and Tom are recognized as ICW  experts and know the joys and the pitfalls of the 1200-mile trek south to Florida and the Bahamas for the winter.

We asked Bob and Ann Sherer (aka Bob423) to join us again this year, however, he plans to be far ahead of the crowd updating his tracks latest tracks, routes and checking conditions along the ICW. Bob will be reporting back his observations and his reports will be conveyed to the attendees in the Session ICW 401.

Additional speakers include:

  • Chris Parker and “Stormy” Stickle who have been serving the Cruising Community for over 15 years, helping cruisers move up and down the US East Coast and on offshore passages with economical daily forecasts and unparalleled coverage of tropical weather.
  • Max Parker, Zimmerman Marine speaking on Marine Corrosion
  • Lew Grimm, Deltaville Boatyard discussing Solar Integration.
  • Robert Peake, The history and operation of the Great Dismal Swamp

Discounted dockage will be provided $1.50 per foot at the Hampton Public Piers for seminar attendees. The Hampton Snowbird Rendezvous is sponsored in part by the Downtown Hampton Development Partnership and Hampton Convention & Visitor Bureau.

Contact: Cyndi Masterstaff, 757-727-1271 Cyndi@downtownhampton.com
Charlene Clark, 757-647-1437 CharleneClark@cox.net

Tom Hale, 410-212-7898  Sailhale@gmail.com

The list of seminars and speakers  is constantly changing as new topics and presenters come available.  Check back frequently.
Breakfast Buffet in the hotel
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ICW 101 – A Day on the ICW  Jody Argo Schroath, Essential information for first timers. Hear about the basics from an expert. Whether your first time on the ICW or it has been a while don’t miss this session. Tablet Navigation. Aqua Map and Navionics  Tom Hale, There has been rapid improvement in tablet navigation.  A tablet is now a very important tool for navigating the ICW.  With the tracks and routes from Bob423, a large portion of the navigation task is prepared for you in advance. Bring your iPad to follow along.
ICW 201 – Navigation and Piloting on the ICW   Jody Argo Schroath, Channels, shoals, marks, the magenta line, and more to get you up and down the ICW. ICW 202 Anchorages and Frugal Favorites Jody Argo Schroath,  Learn about and review the don’t miss anchorages and stops along the ICW
Dismal Swamp (Robert Peake)  The history and operation of the Dismal Swamp Canal Corrosion  Max Parker Zimmerman Marine Tides and Currents in the ICW    Tom Hale, How to plan for and utilize the tides and currents in the ICW Solar Integration (Lew Grimm Deltaville Yachting Center)
Lunch included LUNCH on your own
Coastal Weather Prediction Chris Parker  How to use the available apps and websites to manage weather forecasting as you move along the coast. Care and feeding of Shore Power (Tom Hale) Most boat fires are electrical in origin.  Power cords have been implicated in many.  Important information to safely connect to shore power and provide the electricity you want and need aboard at the dock. Off-shore weather (Bahamas/Crossing Gulf Stream) – (Chris Parker) Navigating the Gulf Stream safely and efficiently between Florida and the Bahamas
Boat Handling & Docking  Capt. Matt Benhoff, Annapolis School of Seamanship. Whether you usually anchor or you prefer marinas, this trip will present you with  challenging docking opportunities . In South Carolina and Georgia the current can be strong. Learn tips to manage these challenging operations. Important topics: Situational Awareness, Forces, Line Handling, Communication, Close quarters maneuvering. Safety on the Water (USCG)  And sign up for VSC on Sunday Bahamas Session John Herlig, Perspectives of cruising the Bahamas. ICW 301 Winter in FL.  Ed Tillett, Vero Beach, Stuart, Marathon,  Key West, Ft. Myers/Punta Gorda/Sarasota
ICW 302 Towns and Villages along the ICW Ed Tillett, What to see and do to make the most of this trip.  Don’t rush yourself and miss the many fun towns along the way. ICW 402 (Panel; Tom, Jody, John and Ed) A question and answer panel discussion. The latest updates on the ICW  with notes from Bob 423 who is already approaching the FL line.
Weather challenges may impact the travel plans for our attendees and speakers.  The schedule is subject to  the availability of our presenters.


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