Posted by Larry Dorminy | Posted on 04-22-2011
We left the protection of the ICW at Cat Island and entered the western channel of Winyah Bay where the wind really began to howl. It was against the ebb tidal current causing steep, short seas which covered the bay. Everywhere we looked were windblown streaks of foam, and every wave was breaking at its crest, I estimated it was blowing force 8, similar in appearance to what we had experienced a year earlier at Fort Myers, Florida. Despite the strong adverse current, we were driven to hull speed by the wind, dead astern — surfing — showing 6 and 7 knots actual speed on the GPS. It was an exciting, but not a dangerous, ride, and we were happy to make Georgetown by lunchtime. A call to the harbormaster at Harbor Walk Marina had obtained a slip. We were met at the dock where we tied up with surprisingly little difficulty with the wind pushing us away from the float and toward the shoreline rip rap, only feet away. Good line handling and, dare I say it, good boat handling saved the day. After we got tied up, the wind began to really howl. Two boats came in after we did, their crews wide eyed and appearing thankful to have found shelter.
Captain Ted Jones