We arrived in Charleston after a two-day motor from Beaufort (pronounced boe-fort) NC. Never had we experienced the open ocean so flat and so calm. Great for comfort, not so good for sailing. Despite 38 hours of motoring and 2 hours of sailing, Atalanta only consumed 38 gallons of fuel. Thick fog surrounded us as we neared Charleston and we entered the harbor as the sun rose. We attached our lines to the “Megadock” at Charleston City Marina where we remained for a month.
Charleston is rich with history, culture, art and food. The coastline along the city side of the Ashley River boasts lovely colonial mansions lining “The Battery” – named during the long ago days when cannons protected the city. We spent as much of our time as possible time visiting Jason and Liam, our 3-year-old grandson. What a treat to be greeted with smiles and hugs when we picked him up at daycare and to get more hugs and kisses at bedtime. We shared Thanksgiving at Jason’s house with friends from South Africa that we met in Grenada over a year ago.
Atalanta refused to be ignored and presented us with her Christmas list: new house batteries, a new anchor/tri-color light for the top of the mast (Richard was up there for 3 hours installing it), and lots of varnishing.
|Capt. Ed's ride|
|Cruising down the ICW|
While docked, we had an opportunity to meet some of our neighbors including Captain Ed aboard a165-foot yacht. We were impressed with what $50 million will buy and decided we shouldn’t really be complaining about the repairs and maintenance Atalanta requires. She would probably fit inside the engine room Capt. Ed is responsible for.
On December 6th we unplugged the electric line, disconnected the cable tv, cast off the dock lines and meandered down the inter-coastal waterway. Traveling 30-40 miles a day for two days, landed us in the charming town of Beaufort (pronounced bew-fort), SC which has a rich southern history and has been the locale for many Hollywood movies. We picked up a mooring and will spend two days relaxing here before heading south in search of warmer weather and new destinations.
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Richard and Kay
|Thalia (185 feet)|
|Kay and Jason|
|Kay at the helm|