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As some of you know I have started the over night training with my C&C30MK1 .
Well I am trying to under stand how I can tell what the waves will be doing as I leave the Port Royal sound into the ocean? Tide in and tide out at the sound, I understand but what about the wave action near-shore and current direction? How do I learn what they do? South Carolina between the Port Royal sound and the Saint Helena Sound inlet is where I will be training.
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There is a prevailing "southern" light breeze Averages 3 to 7 knots. I want to go straight out the channel so I can have markers in place for the first few times. Like training wheels
I guess. I do have the new Standard Horizon Matrix ASI/GPS (2200). This should help me see the larger commercial traffic. The wave action just off shore does it change? When I stand on the beach the tide comes in with rolling wave action and the same thing happens when the tide goes out. The waves roll in. I would assume some point they off shore they have a choppy line where they don't line up against the land mass? Sorry I dont know how to better articulate this. I probably sound like a drunk? HAHAH sorry.
Thanks.Maybe you understand the question?
 

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The biggest question I had in my mind came up one day while I was trying to come back in after a 25 mile trip off shore. I had a very hard time making way over ground. I was there on the flood of the tide late in the day. I was under a full main and a 135% Gen. I was doing o.k for a while until the sound narrowed. I had 7 knots true off the port beam. The boat seamed to be sailing strong but was not making but 1.5 knots or under. I finally fired up the Yanmay 2gh20F and powered back to the river. Once I got into the river it eased up and I was able to begin sailing again without the iron sail. In the entrance it seamed all confused waves were not consistent. So to the question. Is every inlet / harbor going to be different to the point local knowledge is required? I was able to make way in the situation but what if it was just a little stronger against me? In my case it was late in the day. I would have had to stand down my entrance until the tide turned. I was not pepaired to be out after dark. I could play this out in my mind to be very dangerous in some cases.
Is This the same all over? or Will I have to know the entrance's before I attempt to inter? Will this come natural to me as has been the case in most of the other things so far?
I do not mean to sound so green. I don't want to come across well as being unable to handle this off shore thing. Its just a bit intimidating for me. The more I go off shore the more confident I feel with the boat and my skills. I have not yet found a light front or storm to head into. In the hopes to challenge my skills as suggested. I fact I have only ventured off shore 3 times so far with this boat. part of the problem is it takes 10 miles of travel just to get to the mouth of the sound. so that's like 4 hours. I really need to find my courage and do an over night or two out there.
Thanks again.

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Thanks guys I got it backwards. I was against the tide coming back in the inlet. That would be the "EBB" tide not the flood. There are some 10 miles of breakers shown on the chart to the east, north east."11516" I just want to understand what is happening so as to stay clear of the breakers. I do go out with the out going tide and return on the calm or at the turn. But this one day spooked me because I was against the tide and not making much distance over the ground. It took a long time to make it back to the dock.
thanks and sorry for the confusion.

Curt.
 

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I also wanted to know if between the inlets there is as much wave / tide to deal with? The reason I wanted to make a loop around Beaufort SC.
That would be about 16 hours. Out with the tide early in the AM to the sea and bell 15 miles. That's 15 miles ÷ 5=3 hours then I will turn North east, . I would follow that up the coast to the next inlet at St Helena sound 17 miles ÷5=3.4 then i will make my westerly turn into the Saint Helena sound. I will follow that back some 30 miles back to Beaufort or 30 ÷5=6.
That's the plan. I want to leave at the high lull tide and ride the out going tide going out for my exit of Port Royal. Travel up the coast the 17 miles. Then catch the incoming tide into Saint Helena sound, All tho the tide will be in the middle of the incoming at St. Helena. I have a anchorage in mind if the trip runs long and I have to stop for the night.
O.K so My Question is how much effect between the two sounds will I have to contend with if I pick a great weather window? The Sea state between. Little or no slowing me down or speeding me up? in the ocean not the inlets?
Thanks again for the pointers.

 
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