Friday, October 30, 1998
Marine forecast for this location
last time that you heard from me I had just arrived in Charleston, SC after an
all night sail. Since we had sailed for 19 hours off-shore, we were going to
rest in Charleston and then leave the next morning. I decided that I wanted to
view the city, so I took a cab to a ferry dock and took that into Charleston. I
spent the day wandering around the city enjoying the sights and having a nice
lunch. It's amazing the amount of construction/renovation that's going on in the
city. Cleary they're using these economically prosperous times to upgrade the
city. There are lots of wonderful old buildings and churches to visit, and I did
my best within the 5 or so hours that I had. Take a look at the website to see
what I mean.
That evening we met up with a friend of AJ's who lives in Charleston. He took us
out to a great little hole-in-the-wall place, where we had a great meal. Bob was
very nice, and provided a lot of insight into the area.
On Tuesday, 10/27, we left Charleston for Savannah, GA. We headed off-shore to
make time. The ICW winds throughout SC and GA, and we had no desire to suffer
through that. The major difference is that you see a lot and get to know the
area by the ICW, whereas by-sea you make great time but you don't see much from
20 miles out. By going out to sea, we probably cut off a good part of a day. I
think that our most interesting adventure was watching some armed forces
practice parachuting in the water with some kind of gear that came down
major change in this part of the country is that the water is very shallow for
quite a distance from the shore. As a result it can take upwards of an hour to
come in and find an anchorage/marina. Now that we're back to standard time, our
days start very early. Typically I'm up at 5:00 and we're underway by 06:00 at
the latest. The sun rises around 06:40, and sets at about 17:30, which is about
when we get in. As a result, we don't waste any daylight.
Wednesday, the 27th was another day at sea. We made it to the Wassaw (no, not
the insurance company) Sound and anchored there. Not much to report other than
the weather has been perfect. Low 80s during the day, and low 60s at
night. My tan is progressing nicely! :-)
On Thursday we headed back out to sea. Our goal is to make it to St. Augustine,
FL. At about 10:00 we crossed the GA/FL state line. WOW! I'm actually getting
closer to the final destination! When I left almost 3 weeks ago, it seems like
Florida was immensely far, but we're getting much closer.
in most days at sea, not much happens. At 14:00 John Glenn was scheduled to lift
off. We were about 110 miles away, and while we wouldn't "see" the launch, we
would be able to see the smoke trail. At launch time I was below watching it on
TV. Just as the launch started AJ yelled "Geoff, get up here!" I ran up
and AJ pointed to a huge pod of Dolphins swimming with the boat. There are
Dolphins on either side swimming along and jumping out of the water by the bow
and by the sides. At the same time the shuttle is taking off and we can see the
smoke trail going up. What to do!?!? I grabbed my camera and started shooting
the dolphins. Then I quickly switched back to the shuttle and then back to the
We could clearly see the solid rocket boosters detach. Unfortunately I had the
camera set up with a long telephoto to shoot the launch, and that doesn't work
too well with the Dolphins next to the boat. Then, almost as soon as they
appeared, the Dolphins disappeared. We had run into a gigantic swarm of Jelly
fish. By gigantic, I mean miles across. There were 3 or 4 per square yard! These
were about the size of a softball, and were a light tan at the top going to a
dark brown at the bottom, with white tentacles. Intermixed with them were the
traditional pink/translucent Jelly fish, which were 12 to 18 inches across. We
later saw a large sea turtle out snacking on them. For all intents and purposes,
this whole event only lasted 15 minutes at the most, and then we were back to
the empty sea. Why couldn't these have been spaced throughout the day!?!
Murphy's law I guess.
night we got to our anchorage around 5:00 and headed ashore around 5:15. I ran
around like a mad man trying to photograph the city in the remaining light.
Within 1/2 of an hour I had made a quick round and managed to see some nice
Friday morning we headed down the ICW towards Daytona. Talk about beautiful
houses lining the ICW! Man, there's big bucks around here. There are several
sections of the ICW around here that are very shallow, and that made for some
"interesting" navigation. Unlike some other boats, we didn't go aground. We made
it to the marina mid-afternoon, and AJ went off to visit some friends. He grew
up around here, so he was anxious to meet up with them. I enjoyed a quite night
and had the luxury of sleeping in until 8:00 and then reading in bed until 9:00.
During the day I've washed down the bathroom, washed the boat cushions, did
laundry, changed the oil, created some web pages, and have written this. After
having been cooped up in a 40' boat for 3 weeks, it's nice to have some peace
and quite and some personal space. I'm sure that AJ feels the same. But we're
still getting along just fine.
Well, I had better get this mail off. Until later!
Log ID: 1119