2017-04-30—St Augustine, FL—Swansboro, NC–Best Laid Plans

Magnolia departed St Augustine after a terrific visit with Uncle Wayne and Carmen. We departed St Augustine at first light on a beautiful morning. We planned to head straight for Winyah Bay about 235 miles up the coast. We normally plan a maximum of 210 miles for a one night passage but we felt comfortable coming in at night and as well expected a good push from the gulf stream. As often happens the was a weather window closing about the time of our planned arrival. Well this time it closed a bit early so we fell off and headed into Charleston and continued our passage on the ICW.

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Before we headed in though, we did get a spectacular sunset

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The sunrise was nothing to sneeze at either…sadly our last offshore passage of the season.

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Once we entered Charleston Harbor we headed up the ICW towards McClellanville, South Carolina. The area is a notoriously bad shoaling area so we wanted to use the local 8 foot tides (yes 8 feet of water comes in and goes out every 11 hours….thats a lot of water) so this was a great spot to stop and wait for favorable tides the following day.

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Awendaw anchorage just before McClellanville

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My nod to art!

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School “boat” always cracks me up

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The Waccamaw River is our FAVORITE section of the ICW so we try never to miss it!

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We stopped at Osprey Marina and look who we found under table glass, remembered in perpetuity!!

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We stopped at Mytle Beach Yacht Club for wings and a visit with Pete Saunders and family. It is always great to catch up with old friends!

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Continuing onto Southport NC we stopped for the evening anchoring in the downtown basin. (Thank you Al Watson).

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Our friend Hank Pomeranz (http://www.carolinayachtcare.com/) and his wife Lisa came out to meet us for dinner. In addition Carolina Yacht Service Hanks provide a HUGE FREE service for transient vessels. Every night during the fall and spring Hank provides a seminar update in ICW and weather updates to the transients. Annette tries to contribute as much as she can collecting data all along the way when we are in ICW. (Volpe’s see you soon!!!)

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One of our friends providing us a safety escort along the ICW. Nothing bad EVER occurs when there are dolphins about..

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Arriving in Swansboro, NC to visit Annette’s cousin Beth we dropped the hook off the very welcoming waterfront. 

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Sadly a good time was had and no pictures captured!!!

Next up, New Bern, Antennas and beyond….

3 thoughts on “2017-04-30—St Augustine, FL—Swansboro, NC–Best Laid Plans

  1. We continue to be so happy for both of you as you enjoy your amazing life. Hope to see you at the cape this summer. Love, elaine & frank

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