|Vessel Make/Model:||Catalina 440DS|
|Hailing Port:||Hood River, OR|
|Crew:||Jan & Scott|
Tortuga has moved south to Charleston where we are currently spending a few days taking in the rich history of the city. After a couple of wonderful day sails in the mighty Atlantic, we clicked off a quick 120 miles. The ride into the entry channel at Charleston was quite exciting with 20knot winds, 10 ft. seas and a line of 900 ft. incoming freighters traveling at 3 times our speed. We have snuggled into the Maritime Center Marina, and are within walking distance to the city, museums, and historic houses. A $25 pass gets you into almost all the historical places for the month of January, so we are taking in 4 or 5 a day, waiting for our next weather window and voyage into Georgia. While we wait, we are entertained by 3 dolphin that live here at the marina and pop up for a visit a few times a day. What a site!
Two steps forward, one step back. That's what Tortuga has done this new Year. Seems we are still experiencing the effects of Hurricane Florence. After making down to the Socastee Bridge in Myrtyle beach on New Year's eve, we received info that the bridge height was 61.5 ft. (much too low for Tortuga) We spent a couple of days waiting for the flood waters to crest and recede only to realize they haven't gone down past this level since September. And because of the Gov. shutdown, no current information is being updated. We have since moved back up North to the Little River Outlet where tomorrow Tortuga shall test her sea legs in the big pond (Atlantic). I will say we are ready and stoked! The ICW has been interesting but stressful with each bridge that bends our antennas or scrapes our windex (wind indicator). Not sure if we are day sailing tomorrow or an overnight. But either way we should be free of a 50 ft. channel that's 15 ft. deep. Looking forward to Charleston by Monday.
Looking back at Christmas, it was extremely difficult to be away from our girls and good friends during the holiday season. And though we didn’t have any packages under the tree, we were truly blessed during Christmas day with gifts that we will always remember.
Ok, we have finally said goodbye to North Carolina on our quest south. Staying tonight in North Myrtle Beach anticipating a couple days of nasty weather. Enjoyed shrimp, scallops, and grits for the first time, and I must say... I am a fan!
One thing that has been apparent about the cruising life has been the slow shift in our daily clock. As each sunrise and sunset treat us to our most cherished daily delights (well,... almost:) we find ourselves going to bed and arising earlier. We have been late in our posting the last few days as we were hunkered down outlasting storms then on anchor where we not only didn't have wifi nor any cell signal. A beautiful anchorage in a secluded spot is now one of our favorite parts of sailing. We are now in Beaufort, NC, waiting on a particularly nasty looking storm for the next couple days. We shall use the time to figure out a starter issue. Seems Tortuga has decided she doesn't want to start on a moments notice, but rather tease us a bit to when she feels like it. She hasn't been moody at all up to this point, so I think she's just smiling and testing us a bit. Here's hoping you weather your own particular storms well!!!!