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Trip's Log

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. 

One 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.

Ave of Oaks, Boone Plantation

Hunting Island Light

Apr 10 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 State Park

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.

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Last updated: 04/12/2007
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