Whiteside Creek to Charleston

Trip Start Oct 19, 2008
Trip End Jan 05, 2008

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Flag of United States  , South Carolina
Thursday, November 13, 2008

A slow start in the morning because we knew we were going to stop at Charleston.  The two sailboats left before us and we heaved anchor and re-joined the ICW.  We made a slow run to the Ben Sawyer to make a 1200 opening but the bridge keeper was having problems with the bridge and then told us it opens on demand.

We arrived at a marina with the grand name of the Harborage at Ashley River at about 1300.  It is just past a 56 foot bridge and much deliberation as to whether to stay here by the skipper who wanted to sail the next day on the last of the flood.  Tied up without much problem but am beginning to think it may be best to pull  the anchor out of the bow roller when docking at unfamiliar places.

 Exploring Old Charleston we saw mny beautiful old buildings.  Most of the businesses are realtors, lawyers and art galleries with a good number of rather expensive restaurants.  It was not very warm walking around the sea front.  After a long walk ahore exploring the old area of Charleston we finished with a decent meal at the Noisy Oyster. We both felt tired on returning aboard after the long walk.  (crew noted this was least expensive  restaurant we saw) 

Skipper researched mast height yet again and decided that it is nominally 51 feet - not 53 feet.  Determined  we could get under bridge even at high water spring tide. however than found that next low bridge did not start opening until after 0900 so it was academic.
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