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We are presently cruising the Chesapeake Bay. Around the end of October we'll head South for the Florida Keys and Gulf shore.
South Sante River, SC. ICW MM420
Lawrence /Cloudy/78 degrees/ winds @ 20+knots
04/19/2013, 33 9.05'N / 79 19.44'W

We left Tom Point Creek early Thursday morning, and by 11:30 we were docked in Charleston at the St. John Yacht Harbor. Our friend Gail came out to get us at 15:30 after we had both cleaned up and we had finished our laundry. Gail & Jim as well as Karen & Mark took us out to The Lot restaurant, which was excellent! We had such a great time. We both wish it could have been for longer. We're going to try to stay in Charleston longer next fall.
So this morning we started out late because the Wappoo Creek Bridge doesn't open until 09:00. It worked out fine, because we had wind and current helping us along all day. We managed 52 miles in less than 7.5 hours, and dropped the hook in the South Sante River at 15:45. The wind which helped us today is still blowing a steady 20 knots and is supposed to switch around to the Northwest. We're also supposed to get rain, so we may sit tomorrow. We'll see what tomorrow brings.
Fair winds & Smooth sailing,
Elaine & Lawrence S/V Elle & I

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Tom Point Creek
04/17/2013, ICW MM 495.7 32 38.76'N / 80 16.61'W

Today was one of our shorter days. We knew we couldn't get through Lady's Island bridge in Beaufort, SC before 09:00 this morning, so we didn't start until 08:00 from Port Royal. At the bridge we were joined by 8 other sailboats and 4 trawlers all heading North today. We made for quite a parade through Brickyard Creek. Over the day we strung out for miles, until we were more or less by ourselves again. At about MM 500 on the Dawho River we were completely surprised to see Betty and Mike Henry on their new 41 Beneteau the S/ V Alvilda Mae heading South from Charleston to Beaufort. The Henry's are members of the Royal Savage Yacht Club and hail from Charlotte, Vermont. They had been watching for us and spotted us out here in the South Carolina marshes. As Mike Henry said," It's sure nice to see neighbors." We probably won't see them again for some time, so we wish them Fair winds & Smooth sailing! Above is a photo of a sand bar that popped up right next to us at low tide. We sure are glad we're floating over here.
Elaine & Lawrence S/V Elle & I

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04/17/2013 | Craig Lewis
Are the Henrys coming back to the Lake?
04/18/2013 | Michele Boulay
Wow! You guys are trucking'! We may start heading north next week if we get a long window.
Port Royal, SC
04/16/2013, ICW MM 541.7 / 32 22.63'N/ 80 42.12'W

It was a long day. We got very little help from tidal currents, and the wind was pretty much on our nose. In addition, we waited for 20 minutes for one bridge. We stopped for fuel, water and a pump out, that took 45 minutes. Finally, we had to hold for 10 minutes while a pipe barge on the Savannah River crossed the ICW. We didn't set the hook till 16:45. Still, it was a 56 mile day, and we should arrive in Charleston by Thursday early in the day.
Fair winds & Smooth sailing,
Elaine & Lawrence S/V Elle & I

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Vernon River 31 55.33'N/ 81 6.62'W
Lawrence/ clouds & sun/73 degrees
04/15/2013, South of Possum Point ICW MM 597.2

After an initial windy night on the Darien River, the front went on through allowing us to get some sleep. We left the Darien at 07:00 this morning, and within a half hour we were in fog. It finally began to lift as we traveled through the Sapelo Sound. The rest of the day was overcast with some sun breaking out around 13:00. We went through Hell Gate at close to high tide, and are anchored near the little town of Beaulieu, GA. Tomorrow we'll head East up the Burnside River section of the ICW toward Savannah on into South Carolina. These snowbirds are heading North!

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04/16/2013 | Mindy Donnelly
By Hell gate do you mean The Rock Pile? Don't hurry too much it is still quite cold and cloudy. Hardly a clear day since we got home!
04/18/2013 | dean perry
It was in the Darien River that Susan and I got "knocked down" (mast parallel to the water surface) the first year we were "out".
Micro Burst coming in front of storm... was the culprit....
Darien River ICW MM 651
Lawrence / Rain/ 67 degrees
04/14/2013, Darien River 31 23.06'N/ 81 20.15'W

We're well into Gerogia! From Pine Island we traveled 55 miles on Saturday to Cumberland Island, GA. We had a wonderful time on Cumberland on our way South just after Thanksgiving last year, but we are trying to make sure we reach the Hudson River by June, so we only stayed last night. We were up and moving by 06:40 this morning,and we made incredible time thanks to very favorable winds and tidal currents. In only 8.5 hours we traveled 61.5 miles. We also have made it through most of the shallow water sections of Georgia. We've only Hell Gate left to get through. With steady travel we should make Charleston, SC by Thursday. If we can manage that, we'll be rewarded with the chance to visit with our good friends Gail and Jim Carew. Wish us luck!
Fair winds & Smooth sailing,
Elaine & Lawrence S/V Elle & I

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Pine Island
Lawrence/ 84 degrees/ Blowin' like stink!
04/12/2013, ICW MM 765

We spent two great days with Ruth & Richard in Palm Coast, FL. We got to see their new RV, and got treated to a ride last night. We got all provisioned up, fueled up, water tank and jugs full, plenty of wine and Irish whiskey, and all the stuff growing underwater removed by divers from Bottom Time. We got to visit with Kathy and Ray, and Christine and Joey at an outdoor BBQ put on by Ruth and Richard.
This morning we left Palm Coast Marina @ 07:00. We made the 10:30 opening of the Bridge of Lions in St. Augustine, and by 12:30 we were anchored South of Pine Island. A 40 mile day in 5.5 hours. S/V Twomorrows is anchored here as well. Our hope is to make Cumberland Island, Ga on Saturday, 04/13/2013. Look out Charleston, here we come!
Fair winds & Smooth sailing,
Elaine & Lawrence. S/V Elle & I

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04/13/2013 | Dean Perry
don't miss going ashore on Cumberland Island... If you haven't done that...
The walk to the beach is surreal, in so far as the plant life.... Cabbage Palms, and Live Oaks together....Like scene from Star Trek.

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