Beaufort, SC to Jekyll Island, GA

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We stayed a second day at Beaufort Town Dock and used the marina courtesy car for groceries. Then to get much needed exercise we explored on foot enjoying the charm of Beaufort’s homes.

When we arrived on Sunday the marina was busy.  On Monday most of the transient boats left, and we took advantage of the empty places to relocate Odyssey so we’d have the current with us when we left at dawn the next morning.

South of Beaufort we began playing tag with the strong north wind.  Crossing Port Royal Sound the wind did a ‘you’re it’ and bounced us around with choppy waves.  Once we ducked into the shelter of the channel around Hilton Head we smirked at the blocked wind as we had smooth water.  The wind got us back as we ran Calibouge Sound.  Our wind tag continued for the rest of the day.

Crossing the Savannah River we entered Georgia and the last stretch of civilization along the ICW south of Savannah before heading into the Georgia marshes where all is peaceful and almost primeval.

Late in the afternoon we crossed Saint Catherine’s Sound and then picked Cattle Pen Creek for our anchorage.  We’ve used Cattle Pen many times before and quickly got settled in for the evening.  Some of the boats we’d passed earlier showed up and provided some entertainment as they worked to find a spot and get the anchor set.  As the light faded we were up to four boats–two behind us and two out toward the creek entrance.

Two more boats had arrived making it four boats we had to thread our way past as we headed out Cattle Pen Creek.  Running dead slow Odyssey makes very little noise and throws hardly a ripple.  I suspect people sleeping on the sailboats we passed didn’t know we were passing.

The sun came up and we were warm and comfortable in the cockpit as we ran the last set of Sounds eager to be at Jekyll Island.   We entered Jekyll Creek at low tide and slowed to a crawl as the depth sounder reading decreased to 1.0’ at one point and we began searching for any deep water.  Finally after a very slow passage along the island we were at our winter destination:  Jekyll Harbor Marina.

People always ask how long does it take to come south?   We’ve never had a real good answer.  This time I went back over our logs and figured it out.  The short answer is 72 calendar days with 29 of those days spent visiting Washington DC.  Actual travel time was 30 days.  Detailed information is below.

Entries about our shore based activities start with the entry Live Oak Relocaton in our blog Noticed Along the Path.

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