Sail the ICW: First Timers Guide
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Featuring Wally Moran
Running Time: 35 minutes.
Sailing magazine and Waterways Guide writer, Wally Moran gives you the information you need to successfully and safely transit the Intracoastal Waterway – the ICW. A Canadian, Wally is a highly regarded expert on cruising ICW along the U.S. Eastern Seaboard from Canada to Miami.
“Ask any two sailors what they like most about traveling the ICW and you’re unlikely to get much, if any, agreement. We can all gripe agreeably about the downsides of the Ditch—long turns at the wheel, shoaling, brutal currents, inconsiderate boaters—but rarely, if ever, do you hear the upsides of one of the most fascinating water routes in America…. Belhaven, North Carolina, whose location on the Pungo River, far from anyplace, mandates that most of us will stop there overnight. This is not a bad thing, as Belhaven gets my nod for having the best sunsets along the ICW—spectacular, in fact. And even if you’re not an early riser, the sunrises too are well worth losing some sleep over.”
— Wally Moran, Sail Magazine, Nov 2008
As Wally says, “The ICW doesn’t have to be a purgatory, it can be a true pleasure-with the right knowledge.”
“It’s like having Wally visiting with you in your cockpit and giving you a break at the helm as he talks about his ICW experiences.”
— Tory Salvia, Executive Producer for TheSailingChannel.TV
About Wally Moran
Wally Moran is a sailing writer whose articles have appeared in SAIL Magazine and Waterway Guide. He is a frequent speaker at Boat Show seminars about navigating the Intracoastal Waterway, which he’s done nearly 20 times. In 2014, Wally lead the first “Sail to the Sun” ICW rally from Annapolis, MD to Florida. He’s organizing another rally leaving from Annapolis after the U.S. Sailboat Show in October. Follow Wally’s blog at www.livebloggintheicw.com.
Wally is also an expert on Sailing to Cuba having cruised to Cuba several times. See his Sail to Cuba briefing video.
Download purchase includes a slide show from Wally Moran’s Sail the ICW Boat Show seminar (PDF).