Tuesday, February 28, 2023

Sunday, February 26, 2023

leaving the anchorage

Headed from the anchorage called Wally's Leg to the Mackay River this morning, photo courtesy of the crew of PHLYER out of Philadelphia.

Saturday, February 25, 2023

Mackey River

Great north wind this morning, then light shifting air the rest of the day.

Friday, February 24, 2023

Monday, February 20, 2023


Webb and I went down to the docks this afternoon to get some photographs of SPARTINA and GANNET tied up side by side.  It was kind of fun.  Webb has been a great host for the last couple days on Hilton Head.  I’m heading out tomorrow morning with a good forecast. 

So I sail SPARTINA on bays and sounds, Webb sailed GANNET around the world.   Guess who gets to tell sailings stories over drinks in the evening. 


Sunday, February 19, 2023

Toogoodoo Creek

My anchorage the second night out.

Photos from along the way

In Hilton Head for a couple of days to visit Webb. 
Excellent trip so far, making good time and
enjoying some great sailing.  

Thursday, February 16, 2023

Coosaw River

Great trip so far. Will post more when I get to Hilton Head.

Monday, February 13, 2023

parking lot blues

Close to the river this evening. Hopefully on the river tomorrow morning.

Friday, February 10, 2023

more packing

Packing continues with lots of little chores.  Tucked away all the sleeping gear, loaded the big waterproof duffel with clothes, checked the notebook and cook kit duffels.  Changed the oil in the outboard and test ran it for a while.  Washed the boom tent and put it out to dry.  

I've got a good forecast for the drive down and then a good day to launch.  Light winds forecast for the first two day of the trip, then maybe some weather.  We'll see.


Thursday, February 9, 2023

weather window and tracking url

I've got a two day weather window with clear skies Monday and Tuesday.  That is what a need to start the trip south, a nice day to drive to Charleston and then a nice day to rig and launch.  (It is no fun to rig/launch in the rain.). Low tide at Elliott Cut is 9:11 a.m., I'll need the slack tide to make it through the cut.  And then I'll get an assist from the incoming tide on the Stone River.  Wind forecast for Tuesday is not great but we'll take what we get.
I've created a SPOT tracking page which you can find here, or copy and paste the url below.  No data there now, it should go live Tuesday morning.


Tuesday, February 7, 2023


The packing begins.  Just laying out gear now to see what I've got, what I need to track down.

 Sleeping gear (sleeping pad, bivy and sleeping bag) at left.   Dry suit, two green dry bags of freeze dried meals, storage batteries and charging cords in grey pelican box, gallon bags of meal kits (breakfast bars, cups of fruit and cans of tuna) in the cardboard box.  Waxed canvas hat to keep my head dry, plastic jars and vacuum packs of more food in the little grey tub, green insulated lunch box.  One of the orange waterproof duffels hold the cooking kit, the other has my logbook/books for reading.  Red mesh bag at upper right has tether and lifejacket/harness, some towels, GPS and SPOT locator beacon.  Still more gear to come but somehow it all disappears into SPARTINA.