A long stay in Charleston!
08 December 2017 | Charleston, SC
We left Southport, NC Sunday 12/3 for an overnight sail to Charleston. We’ve been talking to other “boat people” and everyone was warning about the super moon high/low tides and going aground on the ICW. The flat-calm seas lasted long enough to watch that amazing moonrise, and let John sleep for a few hours. No land in sight, flat calm ocean with the moon light so bright it looked like dusk all night long. Pictures don’t capture how glorious it was!
At 10 pm, the winds started growing...5-10-15-20 kts by midnight with seas 3-4 feet. We were able to sail 14 hours with main & jib- so nice to turn off the engine!
Entering Charleston Harbor was reminiscent of Norfolk- HUGE tankers, cargo, & navy ships all around..... pelicans and dolphins to greet us as well.
We spent a few days at Cooper River Marina- off the beaten path so grateful for Uber! Walked all around Charleston- Battery point, King St ( high-end shopping where John had “eye-lift” cream applied by a wonderfully-coiffed, great smelling young man- only $350 for this miracle eye cream....yup.no.)
A day spent at Patriots Point and touring the carrier USS Yorktown & US Laffey ( built at BIW- survived WWII multiple bombs & kamikaze attacks and did not sink!) makes us appreciate sacrifices made for our freedom! ( Stand up NFL players! Seriously).
John’s wish was to be on his boat heading south for his 61st birthday- we celebrated that last night over a delicious meal at Coast Grille restaurant. The city is decorated for Christmas- it’s cold and rainy which is why we’re still here. We’ve met all sorts of people on boats from Maine and most of us willl be leaving Sunday to move to warmer climates. This cold front has everyone hunkering down- 40’s & cold rain.
Heading out tonight to a “Gospel to Gershwin” concert at the historic Circular Church. Our new sailing friends are also going.
As I sit here waiting for laundry to be done, I’m thinking of all of you at home bracing for what sounds like the first real snowfall. Stay warm, stay safe, and know we miss you!
Enjoy the holiday season!