Thursday, June 14, 2007

Hilton Head to Beaufort, SC

Our anchorage tonight is Beaufort, SC. It’s pronounced “Beoofurt”. That’s different from Beaufort, NC which is pronounced “Bofurt”. The wind is pushing us one way and the current is pulling us the other way. When this happens, the boat points into the current, but is pushed from behind by the wind. There are boats here on moorings, transient sailors on one anchor, and others on two anchors. Consequently, each boat travels in a different arc. We had to anchor 3 times to finally stay out of the way of boats careening every which way. There are some large storm cells about, but it looks like we’re currently in the clear. Tomorrow morning we’ll head north about 50 miles or so in the ICW. The strong NE winds wouldn’t be conducive to a pleasant sail in the ocean, since we want to travel NE.

Rachel celebrated her 13th birthday on June 6. We can’t believe our sweet daughter is a teenager already! School ended on the 5th, so Rachel was doubly excited. Kathy cooked her favorite dinner, spaghetti, and we had a chocolate cake for desert. Happy birthday Rachel!

Jay and Barb on Jupiter’s Smile arrived in HH for a couple of days from their journey northward from the Bahamas to Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina. We rode bikes together on the great bike paths and shared a dinner together on Stardust. They left for Wilmington NC where Jay’s meteorologist brother lives. We’re sure to cross paths again.

Mom, Dad, and Aunt Nindy visited us in Hilton Head for a few days. We spent one day motorsailing in the Calibogue Sound and the next day relaxing in the pool at their hotel. It was a nice visit with three wonderful dinners to boot. We were very happy that Nindy made the trip since it had been so long since we saw her. Mom and Dad also brought 2 boxes of mail, which took a week to sort through. More cards and gifts kept Rachel’s birthday going a few extra days too!

We keep looking at the weather in the Bahamas and thinking about our friends Pat and Jim on Shamrock who are waiting for the next window to cross to the States.


Anonymous Nancy said...

Happy Belated Birthday to Rachel!
We've got two new teenagers in the "Uncle Sonny" branch of the family - Scott's Lydia in March, and Lynda's Sean in April.

And it was a pleasant surprise to see pics of Aunt Nindy on this posting! How wonderful that she got to visit. :)

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