The sailing vessel Will Sea needs to be moved from Bucksport, SC along the Atlantic Intra-Coastal Waterway (ICW) to Charleston, SC where she will get some needed improvements before being sailed up to Annapolis in the spring. The challenge will be avoiding all the very shallows parts of the ICW. There's one swing bridge we will need to time correctly. Being very conservative we've decided to break this short trip into three sections. Day 1 we'll head from Bucksport, SC to Georgetown, SC where we'll grab a transient slip. The next day we'll do the longest leg from Georgetown, SC to Isle of Palms, SC. Then there's just a short stretch the next day to get to Charleston which should allow us to pass through the shallowest section at high tide with plenty of the depth to spare. The boat needs some prep work before Wayne and I attempt the voyage so I'm heading down a few days early to get things ship shape. I'll end up staying in Charleston for several days while I arrange to get estimates for all the various improvements I want to make to the boat. Between this nasty flu I've had and the distance, scheduling all of this has proven challenging. I'm interested to see what surprises wait for us.
We are crewing once again on a crossing from Norfolk to St Maarten aboard AraVilla, a Leopard 46 Catamaran. Start and end times are approximate because we are limited by weather. There are a few systems developing and may throw a wrench in our plans.
I've been asked to crew on Tabasco. The vessel is currently anchored in shelter waiting for the storm to pass. I'm taking a bus up to join them. It's anticipated to be a 27 hour sail but the weather forecast has changed somewhat.