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labatt 12-29-2008 03:34 PM

Heading to Charleston SC Tomorrow
We've enjoyed the hospitality of the Beaufort NC area for the past 8 or 9 days, including meeting another great cruising family that we've hung out with every day, but it's time to move on. Tomorrow we'll be heading to Charleston - out the Beaufort Inlet, around Frying Pan Shoals and back into Charleston. We're leaving at 7am, and if we average 5 knots we'll be at Charleston at around 1:30am on Thursday (New Year's Day) morning. If we do 6kts, we'll be in at 8:30pm, and if we go 7kts (yeah right) we'll be in on Thursday afternoon. The wind will be fresh (15-20 most of the way, with some 25-30 here and there) but the waves should be OK, 2-4ft and 3-5ft most of the way, with a smattering of 4-6ft thrown in. It's not the optimal window (windwise), but I think it's the best we can ask for this time of year.

sailingdog 12-29-2008 03:48 PM

Fair winds and following seas... watch out for the idiot powerboaters... :)

Whampoa 12-29-2008 03:57 PM

Labatt fair winds for the journey. Watch it out around Frying Pan Shoals as they can be quite ugly.

If you need an alternative, the trip in through the Masonboro Inlet , down the ICW for about 25 NM and back out the Cape Fear and on south isn't bad. Be sure to study your chart of the inlet as there are partially submerged jettys but it is an easy route.

Best of luck on your trip. Enjoy Charleston.



camaraderie 12-29-2008 07:18 PM

I agree with your analysis on the weather Labatt. Should be doable but it bears close watching as Thursday approaches. Nothing wrong with bailing out in Winyah Bay if it starts to get too cold and boisterous. Good safe entrance that is well marked and may get you inside in daylight.
Safe waypoint 1 mile due east of entrance buoy R4 is 33d11.590m N by 79d 6.1m W

Will you be able to get e-mail/web weather or will you have to rely on NWS via VHF?

Fair winds and safe travels Chris.

PBzeer 12-29-2008 08:15 PM

Word to the wise on Winyh Bay, if needed to bailout. If tide is going out, it can be a rough ride.

labatt 12-29-2008 10:45 PM

Well, we have cellular internet, but I don't know how far off that will work. I don't have a pactor yet, but I may look at buying one for our SSB at some time soon, depending on how many passages we do. We'll be using the VHF for weather if the cellular doesn't work. With regards to Masonboro, it will be dark by the time we get there and it doesn't look like a great inlet to enter at night. I only see one flashing outside and one inside, but I guess in a worst case scenario... By the way, I'm trying to set up our SPOT follow me page... just check out our blog later for the link - s/v Pelican - Following A Dream - if it works. I have yet to get it to work :)

Whampoa 12-30-2008 09:15 AM


Looks like you're off on a great leg south. Your SPOT is working well. Thx for sharing the link.

Agreed, Masonboro Inlet can be tricky at night, we usually depart Beaufort well before daylight to be sure and arrive before dark. Looks like a real pretty day for a sail today.

Have a safe trip to Charleston.

Regards, John

PalmettoSailor 12-30-2008 10:10 AM

Fair Winds and Following Seas. I have a niece, a brother-in-law and a brother scattered between Myrtle Beach and Sullivan's Island, so I wish we were sailing alongside you. If you go inside at Winyah and go ICW down from there, you'll pass my brothers house at McCllellanville right on the waterway across from Five Fathom Creek and just north of Jeremy Creek.

Be sure to have some Shrimp and Grits while in the area. Some places are better than others, but Shrimp and Grits are to the SC lowcounty as blue crabs are to the Chesapeake. Definitely something not to be missed.

camaraderie 12-30-2008 11:59 AM

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They're off and running! 12noon EST
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Whampoa 12-30-2008 06:54 PM

Looks like a nice evening sail so far.

The buoy at Frying Pan Shoals is reporting -

<table bgcolor="#f0f8fe" border="0" cellpadding="2" cellspacing="0"><caption class="titleDataHeader">Conditions at 41013 as of
(5:50 pm EST)
2250 GMT on 12/30/2008:</caption> <tbody><tr><td colspan="3" bgcolor="#ffffff"> <form name="uom_m" action="/station_page.php" method="get"> <input name="station" size="5" value="41013" type="hidden"> Unit of Measure: <label for="unit"><select name="unit" id="unit" size="1"> <option value="E" selected="selected"> English</option> <option value="M"> Metric</option> </select></label> Time Zone: <label for="tz"><select name="tz" id="tz" size="1"> <option value="STN" selected="selected">Station Local Time</option> <option value="GMT">Greenwich Mean Time [GMT]</option> <option value="BST">British Summer Time [GMT+1]</option> <option value="EGT">Eastern Greenland [GMT-1]</option> <option value="AT">Azores [GMT-2]</option> <option value="WGT">Western Greenland [GMT-3]</option> <option value="AST">Atlantic Standard [GMT-4]</option> <option value="EST">US/Eastern Standard</option> <option value="CST">US/Central Standard</option> <option value="MST">US/Mountain Standard</option> <option value="PST">US/Pacific Standard</option> <option value="AKST">Alaska Standard [GMT-9]</option> <option value="HAST">Hawaii-Aleutian Standard [GMT-10]</option> <option value="SST">Samoa Standard [GMT-11]</option> <option value="IDLW">International Date Line West [GMT-12]</option> <option value="WET">Western European [GMT+0]</option> <option value="CET">Central European [GMT+1]</option> <option value="EET">Eastern European [GMT+2]</option> <option value="MSK">Moscow [GMT+3]</option> <option value="ZP4">USSR Zone 3 [GMT+4]</option> <option value="ZP5">USSR Zone 4 [GMT+5]</option> <option value="ZP6">USSR Zone 5 [GMT+6]</option> <option value="ZP7">USSR Zone 6 [GMT+7]</option> <option value="CCT">China Coast [GMT+8]</option> <option value="JST">Japan Standard [GMT+9]</option> <option value="GST">Guam Standard [GMT+10]</option> <option value="ZP11">GMT+11</option> <option value="IDLE">International Date Line East [GMT+12]</option> </select></label> <input value=" Select " type="submit"></form> Click on the graph icon in the table below to see a time series plot of the last five days of that observation.
</td></tr><tr><td></td><td>Wind Speed (WSPD):</td><td> 5.8 kts</td></tr> <tr><td></td><td>Wind Gust (GST):</td><td> 7.8 kts</td></tr> <tr><td></td><td>Wave Height (WVHT):</td><td> 2.0 ft</td></tr> <tr><td></td><td>Dominant Wave Period (DPD):</td><td> 9 sec</td></tr> <tr><td></td><td>Average Period (APD):</td><td> 5.5 sec</td></tr> <tr><td></td><td>Mean Wave Direction (MWD):</td><td>SSE ( 153 deg true )</td></tr> <tr><td></td><td>Atmospheric Pressure (PRES):</td><td>30.04 in</td></tr> <tr><td></td><td>Air Temperature (ATMP):</td><td> 62.2 F</td></tr> <tr><td></td><td>Water Temperature (WTMP):</td><td> 65.3 F</td></tr> <tr><td></td><td colspan="2">Combined plot of Wind Speed, Gust, and Air Pressure</td></tr></tbody></table> <table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="10"><tbody><tr valign="top"><td>
</td> <td width="40"> </td></tr></tbody></table>Approximate speed over the bottom looks like 5.5 knots or so looking at his position plots and time.

We use a SPOT but this is the first time I have watched someone else's progress with one. I hope they are having a ball out there.

Regards, John

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