Tuesday, May 31, 2011

2nd Overnight Passage

We left from Fernandina Beach after two nights in the mooring field and a visit with Roy, one of our fellow cruisers from the Bahamas.  Roy was the solo sailor who developed pneumonia in the Exumas and spent a night on our boat after receiving hydration fluids at the local clinic.  He returned to the US after that and has just in the past week felt totally recovered.  What a surprise to receive three engraved towels from Roy, one saying "High Spirits, the hospital ship".

The weather was perfect for our overnight passage of 30 hours to Charleston with one to two foot waves and 8 to 15 knot winds.  We had a great sail most of the first day, with motor sailing the rest of the way.  I have included sunset and sunrise photos, about all we saw in 2 days, except for 3 tanker ships passing across our path about 2am.  The stars were amazing and just as the daylight was appearing the sliver of a moon rose above the sea with two planets close by.  I never thought too much about the continental shelf off the coast until we were thirty miles offshore and in only 50 feet of water.  While in the Bahamas in the Tongue of the Ocean, only 2 miles offshore, we were sailing in 8000 feet of water.  Both of us got about 4-5 hours of sleep, enough to feel pretty good after arriving, so that we were able to meet up with Peggy and Dave from the boat Journey, friends we met in the Bahamas.

This is a great place to be for the next week, as the Piccolo Spoleto Festival runs from May 27 to June 12.  Spoleto is an Italian village noted for it's arts and Charleston has run this since 1979, using Piccolo for meaning small art events that take place throughout the city over a two week period.  Events range from art fairs, dance, poetry, theatre, film, all kinds of music and children's programs.  Today, Joe and I went to see the free 1964 movie, Charade, at the library, starring Cary Grant, Walter Matthau, and Audrey Hepburn. Then we stopped at the art show in the park, and finished up after supper back at the library at a lecture on aging, Alzheimer's, and the arts, given by a geriatrician.  Thursday night we have tickets for a Jazz cruise in the harbor.


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