15 November 2017
Tuesday, November 14
After breakfast, we pulled the anchor up and left the anchorage at Wrightsville Beach at 8:35 a.m.. It is sunny with light winds. Compromise left the anchorage through a shortcut. We went out the way we came in. We motored down the ICW and fell in behind Compromise. The winds are 5-10 so we both put out our head sails. We are moving right along with the current at 5-6 kts. There are many large motor yachts passing us today. I love getting peeks at the ocean as we pass by the inlets. On the Cape Fear River, the wind meets the current head on causing a light chop. We continue to motor sail at 8+ kts. The river is the calmest we've ever seen. We are staying on the facedock at South Harbour Village Marina right on the ICW for the night. We are docked before 2p.m. and topped up the diesel. I heard from Believe today. They are in Georgetown, S.C. I also heard from Wolfgang on SV/SeaLife. We met him in the Bahamas two years ago. He is just behind us in Moorehead City. Maybe we will see him along the way. Karen and I end up spending the afternoon in the laundry room. I enjoyed chating with her. Carl and Ron stayed at the boats to wash down the decks and fill the water tanks. After we all have our showers we decided to walk to Joseph's, a little Italian restaurant. We share a bottle of wine and some fried calamari. The food is so good.....the shrimp linguini, chicken piccata and mussels diablo. Yummy! This definitely competes with Scatori's in Myrtle Beach near Osprey marina. One of my favorites and we reminisced about good times there. We are back on the boats by 7p.m. Before we settled in for the night, Ron came over to deliver a bottle of Texas wine. Can't wait to try that! We are planning an early departure tomorrow.
Wednesday, November 15
We left South Harbour marina at 8 a.m. It is still cold but the sun feels good and the sky is Carolina blue. We warm up nicely in our "florida room". We are doing around 8 knots motoring with the tide. Carl spotted a Bald Eagle and we see more pelicans and palm trees. The houses on the waterway get much bigger as we approach Myrtle Beach. We cautiously navagate through two inlets with serious shoaling. We ran aground here two years ago. We get through this time never seeing less than 1 foot under the keel. There are shorebirds covering the sandbars. We reached our destination at the Myrtle Beach Yacht Club in South Carolina at 12:30. This is a large marina with over 150 slips. The fairways are narrow and it is always a little nerve wracking getting in and out of here. Captain Carl does a fine job once again. After we checked in, we walked to McDonald's and had breakfast for lunch. (I may be risking my reputation as a legitimate food blogger here.) The pool is still open but the water is chilly. Since we took care of all of our boat chores the last two days, I took advantage of that and enjoyed an afternoon nap. Karen and Ron came over for a game of Mexican train dominoes.