Date: Mar 18 to Apr 20
Total Distance: 160 nm
Route: ICW - Port Royal Sound, Beaufort, Charleston, Georgetown
Click on the map for a bigger image. The purple
line is the ICW route.
|Mar 18 We immediately left anchor at Port Royal
Sound after Sophal heard reports of gale force winds in the area. We
headed for nearby Beaufort which is a mere 20 mins away. Downtown
Marina was kind enough to accommodate us not only for the day but for
one whole month so we can hitch a ride with our friends Peggy and Jon
back to Boston. Here, we met the owners of Odyssey - Nicholas
and Mary who stayed here for several months this past winter, and will
be heading North to Vermont in a couple of weeks.
of many Antebellum homes
|Beaufort is a charming Southern town surrounded by
beautiful homes with stunning architecture, graced by stately oak trees
with Spanish moss hanging off them. Movies like Princes of Tides and The
Big Chill were filmed here. Our marina is right in downtown, next
to a park lined with swings (can you believe it?). It is so neat. Almost
every evening, we would stroll along the waterfront park and sit on one
of those swings and gaze at the stars. Life is good.
| Apr 8 After filing our taxes like dutiful
citizens, we drove back from Boston with our car this time. With wheels,
we happily explored Charleston and visited Boone Plantation, famous for
the magnificent Avenue of Oaks, among others. The TV movie North and
South were filmed at the plantation. We were mesmerized by the grandeur
of the old oak trees.
of Oaks, Boone Plantation
Hunting Island Light
Hunting Island State Park has a lighthouse and a beach lined with
palmettos, an intriguing combination. Already, people were sun tanning
and even swimming on the beach. Of course, the ocean temperature was in
the high 60s already.
Beach at Hunting Island
Apr 19 The month is up - time to continue our trip.
While fueling up the boat, we ran into the owners of High Cotton,
a sleek and efficient boat called Camano that was featured in the
PassageMaker magazine. Bob and Jean were kind enough to show us their
cute little boat. They had just returned from the Bahamas, and are
heading back to their homeport in Charleston. We followed them.
We decided to stop at City Marina for fuel and a
pump-out. As we entered the Charleston harbor, we saw a lot of sailboats
out there, and dolphins even. The sea started to get choppy as we were
tying up, so we were glad to be here. The showers and restrooms here
were so-so. Guessed all the mega yachts tied up here did not need any of
those facilities... But they did have a nice touch by delivering the USA
Today paper with a small memo pad and a bag of coffee in the
morning. Ahh, that gracious Southern hospitality...
Apr 20 We left Charleston early this morning, and got to
Georgetown Landing (SM 402.5) around 17:30. Although it was difficult to
anchor here - Sophal had to do it 4 times to get the anchor to stay -
(crowded, narrow and let's just say the holding ground wasn't the best)
and International Paper's pulp factory view wasn't exactly pretty, this
spot was surprisingly calm and tranquil. We slept like babies.