We had a nice evening in Herb River last nut. One big thunderstorm hit around 5pm and was all rain and a little flash and boom but no big wind. Another at 11pm and still not too bad. Definitely better than expected but we will take it!!
Graeme and Laura from Sweet Chariot came over just before the rain for GNTs and stuff and we had a nice visit in our full enclosure watching the storm unfold. Great protection in that Herb River.
Finally in South Carolina -- good riddance Georgia! I hate the waterway through Georgia except for maybe Cumberland Island.
It was a good passage today except for being on Pins and Needles through Fields Cut which is actually in SC but on the border – just North of the Savannah River. It was tense but we transited at 2 hours after high tide and had plenty of water. Later we heard there were 2 sailboats aground there at 2 hours before low tide!! What a bummer.. Remember I said there were 3 aground yesterday at low tide!!
We had adverse current most of the way but a favorable one and light winds to cross Port Royal Sound and slide pass Paris Island.
We anchored on the Beaufort water front in deep water. Usually not too bad but it was crowded and I short scoped it at 100 feet of chain for 22 feet of water. Then – the weather forecast was wrong and instead of 5 –10 SW – W today it has built to 15 – 20 SE late this afternoon and probably tonight. That will be uncomfortable in all this current and deep water. Ohhh well – we will be moving along in the morning.
Shortly after arrival at 2:45pm we launched the dinghy and went to tow to walk a bit. Haven’t been off the boat in a couple of days!! Felt good and almost didn’t buy anything except Karen found a book she just had to have.
Hopefully a quiet night but if this wind doesn’t die down – won’t be. Looking forward to a couple of days in Charleston – tied to the dock. Hope to get there Thursday morning and stay till Saturday morning.
An interesting observation this morning. While waiting for the 8am Causton Bluff bridge opening several sail boats congregated behind us. As the opening approached – 2 a hunter 44 and a Benneteau 47 passed in front of us and went through first – very discourteous. Well they had a lot of power and stayed ahead of us. In fact as the day wore on they disappeared from sight. I’m thinking – “boy they really want to travel a great distance today” -- NOT – as we pulled into the Beaufort Anchorage there they were sipping their drinks at 2:30pm.. We would have pushed on with a favorable current but there is no good anchorage for the next 18 miles and we had already down 45 for the day.
Cruisers as a group are a laid back set but when it comes to making anchorages and doing laundry – they are an especially aggressive crowd.