Saturday, December 29, 2018

December 4-5, 2018 Beaufort, SC to St Simon's Sound Inlet

We left Beaufort, SC about 10:30 am.  We estimated the trip to take 14-16 hours.  We made the decision to leave well rested and then anchor after dark.  It took about 3 hours to make it down the Beaufort River and to the ocean.  Then it was a beautiful day on the water.

There was a lot of shipping traffic in and out of Savannah that we had to be aware of.  About 2:30, I took a nap.  Dave saw a pod of over a dozen dolphins that swam with the boat for quite awhile.  I saw a similar pod in this area 4 years ago and about the same time of day. 
Dave's letting that ship know  who is boss
We had dinner about 6:00pm.  After dinner, the wind finally picked up enough to set the sails.  The wind was about 15-20k and we sailed at about 7k (with motor assist).  We entered the Saint Simons’s Sound inlet and anchored near Jekyll Island by 1:00 am.  Great to be back “home”. 

After anchoring, we decided to have some hot chocolate and spiced rum to warm up.  We ended up talking for a few hours about the summer and our future plans.  Therefore, we slept in.  It was a windy day, which would make it difficult to put the boat in a slip.  So we napped and were lazy for a day. 

We have friends moving 2 boats and a car down the coast, trying to get out of the cold weather.  We talked to them and made arrangements to help them out.  They are in North Carolina now.  Their car is in Maryland.  We thought we would need to rent a car for about 10 days in December for Dr’s appointments, etc.  So we decided to rent a car to drive to NC, drop it off, and bring their car back to use for less than what we would have needed anyway.  Weather permitting, Dave will help them move one of the boats for 5 days and I will pick him up again.  They own a catamaran, but bought a trawler this fall in Massachusetts.  Each one is captaining a boat.  Fred is physically disabled, paraplegic, and Patti had heath issues this summer that had left her weak.  So the Roths are off to the rescue :)

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