This past week we have had perfect weather with daytime temps in the 80’s and evenings in the 60’s. Since our last post we have traveled 260 miles further down the ICW and are at the mid-way point to our Delray Beach destination in Florida. So here is a little re-cap of our travels.
We left Wrightsville Beach, NC last Thursday, 10/21 leaving North Carolina to stern and entered South Carolina. That night we anchored with about 9 other sail & trawler cruisers in the narrow, swift flowing Calabash Creek near the mouth of the Little River Inlet. As we make our way further south we are experiencing strong currents in the anchorages as most are in creeks with swift flowing waters and 6’-7’ tidal ranges. We have been told that this is the case all the way to the Indian River in Florida. We are grateful to have lots of heavy chain and a reliable anchor. For the past few days we have been traveling southbound and sharing the same anchorages with another catamaran, Lipari, a Fountaine Pajot 410. Randy from Lipari dinghied over that evening to introduce himself and chat awhile. He and his wife Janet are also making their way to Florida and then the Bahamas.
|The Wacamaw River|
|along a river bank|
|Sundowners were interrupted while|
anchored off Dewees Island to aid a
disabled power boat
|We docked for 2 days at downtown|
|In the formal gardens outside the |
|The Circular Congregational Church.|
and graveyard. Founded about 1681
by Charles Towne's original settlers.
|Waterfront walk along Rainbow Row|
We left Charleston on Tuesday traveling through what the locals refer to as “Low Country” down here. Down one river, through a canal cut, up another river…. so forth and so on. We anchored on swift flowing Wimbee Creek – that night the current competed with a strong southerly wind making us ride over our anchor with the tide changes. Once again we are thankful for heavy chain and our big anchor.
|Kathy at a farmers market near the |
|Typical Beaufort street scene:|
Antebellum home with Live Oak tree
and Spanish Moss.
|Ladies Island Swing Bridge over the
Beaufort River (& the ICW) in back.