Overnight to Charleston

We headed out of Wrightsville Beach Saturday morning, and decided that given the conditions offshore and the full moon, we should consider an overnight run. Our planned course would end at Calabash Creek, about the only anchorage available in the Myrtle Beach area, and notorious for groundings, so we decided to head offshore there, using Little River inlet. Little River is regularly used by a pair of casino cruise ships, and despite being a bit tortuous, is deep and well-marked. Our transit would be well before sunset and conditions were ideal, so we headed out the inlet late in the afternoon for an overnight run into Charleston, a 90-some mile trip. Conditions were as advertised, and we enjoyed very calm sea conditions and brightly moonlit skies.

We arrived in Charleston Harbor by 0900 where we had a slip reserved at Charleston City Marina. Tomorrow we’ll head to the other side of town to the Maritime Center, where slips are less plentiful, but much less expensive and a lot closer to town, an easy walk to Harris Teeter (the best grocery store in the south) and the historic district. We plan to stay for three days.

The weather upon our arrival: sunny skies, calm winds and temps rising from the 70’s. Warm weather!! Woo hoo!!

3 Responses to “Overnight to Charleston”

  1. Todd & Belinda on 21 Nov 2010 at 9:32 PM #

    Sounds wonderful! Those are the runs that keep you coming back for more. We also took advantage of as many full moons as possible. The ocean at night is beautiful, especially in conditions like that.
    Have fun,

  2. Myla and Dan on 24 Nov 2010 at 9:56 AM #

    I’m so envious of your moonlit transit on glassy seas! Just my kind of trip. We’re expecting 20 folks to our house for Thanksgiving dinner and the weather is not expected to get above freezing – yikes! No relegating anyone to the patio to make more space….

    Happy Thanksgiving!
    Myla and Dan

  3. maerin on 24 Nov 2010 at 10:41 AM #

    Can’t say we’re longing for snow and freezing weather. Temps in Charleston were in the 60’s and 70’s, sunny skies and light breezes. We’ll be spending Thanksgiving underway bound for beautiful Beaufort. Nothing special on the menu.

    Enjoy your guests!
    Happy Thanksgiving!

    Steve & Barb