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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.
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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.

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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.
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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
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Morning,

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.

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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.
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They're off and running! 12noon EST
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Looks like a nice evening sail so far.

The buoy at Frying Pan Shoals is reporting -

Conditions at 41013 as of
(5:50 pm EST)
2250 GMT on 12/30/2008:
Unit of Measure: Time Zone:
Click on the graph icon in the table below to see a time series plot of the last five days of that observation.
Wind Speed (WSPD): 5.8 kts
Wind Gust (GST): 7.8 kts
Wave Height (WVHT): 2.0 ft
Dominant Wave Period (DPD): 9 sec
Average Period (APD): 5.5 sec
Mean Wave Direction (MWD):SSE ( 153 deg true )
Atmospheric Pressure (PRES):30.04 in
Air Temperature (ATMP): 62.2 °F
Water Temperature (WTMP): 65.3 °F
Combined plot of Wind Speed, Gust, and Air Pressure

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.

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