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  • Announcement: All South Carolina Cruising News

    PLEASE CAREFULLY READ OUR DISCLAIMER!

    Below, you will discover our COMPLETE listing of South Carolina cruising news/postings from fellow cruisers, arranged in chronological order, based on publication date. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO NARROW YOUR SELECTION of SC cruising news to those messages which pertain to a specific geographic sub-region, locate the RED, vertically stacked menu, on the right side of this, and all Cruisers’ Net pages. Click on “South Carolina.” A drop down menu will appear, with a blue background, Now, click on “SC Regional Cruising News.” A sub-drop-down menu will now appear, listing 11 South Carolina geographic sub-regions. Select your waters of interest, and after clicking on your choice, a list of messages will appear, confined to the sub-region you have picked!

    Yellow Background Denotes Navigation Alert Postings

    Light Blue Background Denotes Postings Concerned with “AICW Problem Stretches”
  • Groundings in Problem Stretch south of McClellanville, AICW Statute Miles 430-433, 9/18/2016


    With this report of groundings, we are upgrading the recent reminder (http://cruisersnet.net/159671) to a Nav Alert. Thank you Phil Mullins for sharing your experience and for your advice. The waterway south of McClellanville has been shoaling for years and as recent LNMs report, funds are not available for dredging. SSECN recommends mid to high tide for passage through this section.

    Just came through the McClellanville problem in a 5 ft. draft sail and ran aground 4 times at 2 hrs before low tide. The worst part is a 2 mile stretch between Jeremy Creek and ICW marks 39 and 40 headed south. Mid to rising tide is a must when transiting this area.
    Phil Mullins
    S/V Katash
    Isle of Palms, SC

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at McClellanville SC

  • Julia Continues to Baffle Meteorologists, now East of SC

    Computer models for Julia resemble bowls of spaghetti (see Weather/Tropical Storm Outlook on SSECN’s Homepage) and the tropical storm, now tropical depression, now tropical storm continues to offer confusing forecasts. But despite the possiblity of flooding along the Atlantic coast, the much-needed rainfall is a blessing for South Carolina.

    Julia, ‘Weirdest Tropical Storm of the Year,’ Parks Off Atlantic Coast
    Tropical Storm Julia, a small weather system parked along the southeastern Atlantic coast, wouldn’t be especially noteworthy except for one thing: There’s never been another storm like it — at least since record-keeping started.

    CLICK HERE for the full report from NBC News.

  • Tropical Storm Julia Dumping Heavy Rain on Florida, Georgia and South Carolina

    And today, 9/15, Tropical Storm Julia is camped out just off the coast of South Carolina bringing much needed rain to the state.

    Tropical Storm Julia dumping heavy rain on Florida, Georgia
    Last Updated Sep 14, 2016 2:22 PM EDT

    MIAMI — Slow-moving Tropical Storm Julia dumped rain across northeast Florida and along much of the Georgia coastline Wednesday morning, but in most places it was business as usual.
    Schools and government offices remained open as the storm, which formed late Tuesday afternoon off Florida’s Atlantic coast, skirted across Jacksonville and moved north, bringing rain and tropical winds to much of southern Georgia.
    The National Weather Service told CBS Miami that Julia was the first tropical storm to form over land in Florida since records have been kept.

    CLICK HERE for the full report from CBS Evening News.

  • Reminder of Shoaling in Problem Stretch south of McClellanville, AICW Statute Miles 430-433


    The waterway south of McClellanville has been shoaling for years and as the LNM reports below, funds are not available for dredging. SSECN recommends mid to high tide for passage through this section.

    SOUTH CAROLINA – AICW – CASINO CREEK TO BEAUFORT RIVER – WINYAH BAY-CHARLESTON HARBOR: Shoaling Extended.

    Shoaling has been reported in the vicinity of Winyah Bay-Charleston Harbor Light 35 (LLNR 34235) and Daybeacon 42 (LLNR 34260). The reporting source also indicates that the depth of the water between Winyah Bay-Charleston Light 38 (LLNR 34245) and Daybeacon 42 (LLNR 34260) is approximately 4ft; however the depth is charted at 7ft. The ACOE has no future plans for dredging due to budget restrictions. Further information can be found on the ACOE Charleston website http://www.sac.usace.army.mil/ Mariners are advised to use extreme caution while transiting the area. Chart 11518 LNM 37/16

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s “AICW Problem Stretches” Listing For McClellanville

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To This AICW Problem Stretch

  • Height Restriction at Non ICW Bridge, Pee Dee River, Georgetown, SC, off AICW Statute Mile 401


    Jericho Creek exits the Waterway to the west, north of Georgetown at Statute Mile 395. There are 5 recommended anchorages in those waters. The fixed 20ft bridge John Winter describes is just north of the Pee Dee River/Waterway intersection at Georgetown Landing Marina. Thank you John!

    The 20′ bridge on the Pee Dee just north of Georgetown, SC just off the ICW which is the route many boaters take to connect back to the ICW through Jericho Creek is being worked on. It has chain link fencing draped under it to catch falling debris. Clearance is maybe 16′.
    John Winter.

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Pee Dee River Bridge

  • Sea Pines October Events/Activities, Harbour Town Yacht Basin, AICW Statute Mile 565


    Harbor Town Yacht Basin, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, lies just off the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway on Calibogue Sound, below Statute Mile 565 at Marker 32, right in the heart of The Sea Pines Resort.

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    Events/Activities October 1-31
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    Hounds on the Harbour
    Saturday, October 1; 10am-1pm
    Join us in Harbour Town for fun with your hound, featuring a pup-cake walk, agility course, a dog/owner look-a-like contest and more! Also on hand will be numerous providers of dog-related services including grooming, boarding, training, vets, retail products, and most importantly the Hilton Head Humane Association will have dogs available for adoption. For additional information, please contact The Sea Pines Resort recreation department at (843) 842-1979.

    Sea Pines Yard Sale
    Saturday, October 15; 9am-12pm
    Join us at the annual Sea Pines Yard Sale at the Trolley Station on Greenwood Drive, which benefits the Sea Pines Forest Preserve Foundation. Support a good cause and shop for great deals! If you are a Sea Pines Property Owner and would like to reserve a vendor space, please contact David Henderson with Community Service Associates (CSA) at (843) 671-1343 or email wildlife@csaseapines.com.

    The Yacht Club of Hilton Head Island Regatta Weekend 2016
    Saturday, October 15 – Sunday, October 16
    The Harbour Town Cup — October 15; 12pm start
    The Calibogue Cup Regatta – October 16; 10am start
    The two races, held in Calibogue Sound just off of Harbour Town, are the headline sailing events of the Yacht Club of Hilton Head Island and have been annual events since the early 1970’s. Spectators are welcomed and volunteers will be on the pier in Harbour Town viewing the races, shopping and dining. For additional information about the regatta or to register, please contact (843) 384-7322.

    Full Moon Session – Jazz by The Sea
    Sunday, October 16; 8-10pm
    Enjoy music by the Mike Barbara Trio under the full moon in the Atlantic Room at the Sea Pines Beach Club. Experience live jazz and incredible views of the Atlantic Ocean, as well as a variety of specialty drinks and cocktails. Reserved for guests 21 years and older.

    Halloween Wagon Ride
    Sunday, October 29; 10am & 11:30am
    Show off your Halloween gear in the Sea Pines Forest Preserve as we read stories and visit the pumpkin patch. Reservations are required and can be made by contacting the Sea Pines Resort recreation department at (843) 842-1979. $16/adults, $13/children (ages 12 & younger)

    Halloween on the Harbour
    Sunday, October 30; 3:30-5pm
    Celebrate Halloween at The Sea Pines Resort with crafts, activities, a costume parade, cookies, cider, and trick-or-treating around Harbour Town. Participants of all ages are welcome to attend and are invited to come in costume. For additional information, please contact the recreation department at (843) 842-1979. Complimentary

    Jazz by the Sea
    Tuesdays & Thursdays; 8-10pm
    Enjoy music by the Mike Barbara Trio at Ocean Lounge, located on the second floor of the world-class Sea Pines Beach Club every Tuesday and Thursday. Experience live jazz and incredible views of the Atlantic Ocean, as well as a variety of specialty drinks and cocktails. Reserved for guests 21 years and older.

    Golf Croquet Clinic
    Wednesdays; 10am
    Enjoy playing croquet on our immaculate lawn adjacent to the Harbour Town Clubhouse. Reservations are required; contact (843) 842-1979. $10 per person.

    Charter Fishing
    Daily; Call for reservations
    Harbour Town Yacht Basin offers the most experienced fishing captains on Hilton Head Island operating private fishing charters all year long. Just 10 minutes from the Atlantic Ocean, its fleet, including the Izzy A, Echo, and Integrity, will guide you to the most fertile fishing grounds. Harbour Town Yacht Basin offers trips ranging from three-hour inshore excursions to overnight trips to the Gulf Stream, 70 miles offshore. All items are provided, and catch will be cleaned at the docks. Reservations are required; contact Harbour Town Yacht Basin at (843) 363-8335.

    Geocaching
    Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of Sea Pines and discover your adventurous side through geocaching! Geocaching is a real-world treasure hunting game where you’ll follow clues to find hidden items at our popular sights. Share your pictures on Instagram and tag @theseapinesresort. Get started at seapines.com/geocaching. Complimentary.

    MEDIA CONTACT:
    Liz Smith (843.842.1935)
    The Sea Pines Resort
    lsmith@seapines.com

    Click Here To View the South Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Harbor Town Yacht Basin

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Harbor Town Yacht Basin

  • Severe Shoaling, AICW Statute Mile 360.5, 9/8/2016


    This area of shoaling is at the northern end of an already narrow channel between the NC/SC state line and Socastee Bridge. This shoaling will be a problem for deep draft vessels. Mid to high tide is recommended.

    SOUTH CAROLINA – MYRTLE GROVE SOUND AND CAPE FEAR RIVER TO CASINO CREEK – LITTLE RIVER-WINYAH BAY: Severe Shoal and Temporary Buoy 22A Established.
    Severe shoaling has been reported in the vicinity of Little River-Winyah Bay Daybeacon 22A (LLNR 33710.5) and Daybeacon 25 (LLNR 33735). A temporary Buoy 22A has been set in approximate position 33-44.5094N/078-51.9702W. Little River-Winyah Bay Daybeacon 22A has been temporarily changed from a non-lateral aid to an NW on pile (diamond shape, white day boards with an orange reflective boarder). The approximate width of the channel from the pier on the east side to TEMP Buoy 22A on the west side is roughly 60ft. The pier on the east side is not lit and the width of the channel with the extreme shoaling on the west side poses a serious hazard to navigation. Mariners are advised to use extreme caution while transiting the area. Chart 11502, 11504 LNM 36/16

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at Mile 360.5

  • Morris Island Lighthouse 130th Anniversary, October 1, 2016, Charleston, SC


    SEACOAST – SOUTH CAROLINA – CHARLESTON – MORRIS ISLAND: Morris Island Lighthouse 130th Anniversary.
    The Morris Island Lighthouse located off the northeastern end of Folly Island, southeast of Charleston at 32.69534N/079.88364W will have a visible fixed light approximately 1NM for (4) four hours, from 1930 to 2330, 01 October, 2016 in honor of its 130th anniversary. For more information please contact USCG Sector Charleston, Aids to Navigation (843) 720-3287 or Save the Light Inc. (843) 633-0099 email: info@savethelight.org Chart 11528 LNM 36/16

  • Shallow Water in Minim Creek Canal, AICW Statute Mile 415, 8/31/2016


    This area of shallow water is at the south end of the Estherville Minim Creek Canal which begins at the Waterway’s exit southward from Winyah Bay.

    SOUTH CAROLINA – AICW – MYRTLE GROVE SOUND AND CAPE FEAR RIVER TO CASINO CREEK – WINYAH BAY – CHARLESTON HARBOR: Depth of Channel.
    The U.S. Coast Guard has found at low-tide depths of less than 5ft of water in the middle of the channel between Winyah Bay-Charleston Harbor Channel Light 4 (LLNR 34120) and Winyah Bay-Charleston Harbor Daybeacon 5 (LLNR 34125). Mariners are advised to use caution while transiting the area. Chart 11532, 11534 LNM 35/16

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To A “Navigation Alert” Position at Minim Creek Canal

  • Cook with Cruising Kiss, available at Bucksport Marina, AICW Statute Mile 377


    Author Corinne Kanter has these suggestions to make your culinary summer delightful and delicious! Bucksport Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS NET SPONSOR!, lies south of Waterway marker #36, along the western shores of the beautiful Waccamaw River. As well as making sausage, Bucksport is hosting one more drag boat race this summer in September, as well as a reduced dockage rate for SSECN readers.

    If you are inside and near Bucksport Marina, pickup Bucksport Sausage.
    Need more helpful hints, you should carry the cookbook CRUISING KISS, keep it simple Sailor? Stupid? or really SYSTEM.
    Have a great race. Cook with KISS.
    PS. If you would like a autograph copy order direct or get it on Amazon. Corinne had the column in Multihull Magazine out of Quicy, Mass. titled Corinne’s Culinary Corner.

    Cook With K.I.S.S.
    Corinne Kanter, author of The Cruising KISS Cookbook
    www.sailcopress.com
    The Rooster Crows but the HEN delivers the goods
    corinnekanter@gmail.com

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s South Carolina Directory Listing For Bucksport Marina

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Bucksport Marina

  • Hilton Head Heroes Benefit Golf Tournament, October 16, 2016


    Through the Hilton Head Heroes program, Sea Pines has supported hundreds of families with a child suffering from a life threatening illness during their stay in the Hero House located near Harbour Town. This is a benefit well worth your support.

    Harbor Town Yacht Basin, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, lies just off the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway on Calibogue Sound, below Statute Mile 565 at Marker 32, right in the heart of The Sea Pines Resort.

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    August 15, 2016
    The Sea Pines Resort to Host Golf Tournament Benefiting Hilton Head Heroes
    CLICK HERE for More Information and to Register

    (Hilton Head Island, SC) – The Sea Pines Resort will host The Gregg Russell Children’s Classic Golf Tournament benefiting Hilton Head Heroes on the new Atlantic Dunes by Davis Love lll on October 1, 2016. A select field of golfers will be the very first to experience this exciting new championship course prior to the official grand opening.
    “I have not only worked with Sea Pines Resort the past 40 years, they have been major supporters of the Hilton Head Heroes program,” said Heroes Co-founder Gregg Russell. “Sea Pines has embraced hundreds of families with a child suffering from a life threatening illness during their stay in the Hero House located near Harbour Town. We are thrilled that our supporters will be able to make a difference in these families lives while enjoying this fabulous new course.”
    Participants and their guests will cap off the day with a fun awards and after party at The Rooftop Bar at Poseidon in Shelter Cove Towne Center. This evening event will be open to the public and feature special musical guests, an auction and food and drink. For more information or to register, please go to HHHeroes.com or call Mark Hammond (Tournament Chairman) at 843.686.2012.
    MEDIA CONTACT:
    Liz Smith (843.842.1935)
    The Sea Pines Resort
    lsmith@seapines.com

    Click Here To View the South Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Harbor Town Yacht Basin

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Harbor Town Yacht Basin

  • High Praise for Harbour Town Yacht Basin, AICW Statute Mile 565


    Harbor Town Yacht Basin, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, lies just off the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway on Calibogue Sound, below Statute Mile 565 at Marker 32, right in the heart of The Sea Pines Resort.

    8/5/16- Marina has been dredged. Nothing less than 8 feet throughout. This is by far one of the premier resort marinas on the East coast. Very professionally run and staffed. That free bottle of wine is a classy touch. Outstanding restaurants and shopping all over HH Island. Miles of bike trails and great beaches and swimming pool.
    Rick Sorrenti

    Click Here To View the South Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Harbor Town Yacht Basin

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Harbor Town Yacht Basin

  • Sea Pines September Events/Activities, Harbour Town Yacht Basin, AICW Statute Mile 565


    Harbor Town Yacht Basin, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, lies just off the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway on Calibogue Sound, below Statute Mile 565 at Marker 32, right in the heart of The Sea Pines Resort.

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    Events/Activities

    September 1 – 30

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    Gregg Russell Concerts
    September 1-4; 8-9:30pm
    Celebrating 40 years in Harbour Town in 2016, Gregg has become a Sea Pines classic. You can find him underneath the Liberty Oak entertaining adults and children alike. His concerts are not to be missed. Complimentary.

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    Run for Ret 5K Run/Walk and WOD
    Saturday, September 3; 8am
    The tenth annual Island Run for Ret will race through the Sea Pines Forest Preserve on hard packed dirt trails, shaded under old live oak trees, around beautiful lakes, and over age old wetlands. Visit www.gotrievents.com/run-for-ret to register.

    Harbour Town Fall Fest
    Sunday, September 11; 11am-6pm
    With summer behind us, come enjoy the splendor of Harbour Town with this family-friendly event that will include: a sidewalk sale with Harbour Town shops offering great deals and fabulous finds; local favorite “Deas-Guyz” in concert who feature an entertaining mix of old Motown, R&B, pop, rock, reggae and dance beats; nautical activities featuring a variety of watersports, nature tours and boat rides; great dining on the Harbour all day; and children’s activities.

    Stan Smith Super Series
    Friday, September 16 – Sunday, September 18
    Please join Stan Smith, The Sea Pines Resort’s touring professional for the last 44 years, past champion of Wimbledon and the U.S. Open, Olympic men’s coach and his staff of one (or more!) for a fun-filled weekend. The class will feature video analysis of your serve, stroke and strategy instruction, footwork and many practice drills. To reserve your space for this special event, please call the Sea Pines Racquet Club at (843) 363-4495. $305/adults only.

    Full Moon Session – Jazz by the Sea
    Friday, September 16; 8-10pm
    Enjoy music by the Mike Barbara Trio under the full moon in the Atlantic Room at the Sea Pines Beach Club. Experience live jazz and incredible views of the Atlantic Ocean, as well as a variety of specialty drinks and cocktails. Reserved for guests 21 years and older.

    Beach Sweep
    Saturday, September 17; 9am-12pm
    Take part in the largest one-day volunteer cleanup event of its kind in South Carolina as a volunteer with staff from The Sea Pines Resort. Conducted annually since 1988, the sweep takes place in conjunction with the International Coastal Cleanup, coordinated by the Ocean Conservancy. We have five miles of the most beautiful beaches along the coast; help us keep them that way! Please contact The Sea Pines Resort recreation department at (833) 842-1979 to volunteer.

    Jazz by the Sea
    Tuesdays & Thursdays; 8-10pm
    Enjoy music by the Mike Barbara Trio at Ocean Lounge, located on the second floor of the world-class Sea Pines Beach Club every Tuesday and Thursday. Experience live jazz and incredible views of the Atlantic Ocean, as well as a variety of specialty drinks and cocktails. Reserved for guests 21 years and older.

    Golf Croquet Clinic
    Tuesdays; 9am
    Enjoy playing croquet on our immaculate lawn adjacent to the Harbour Town Clubhouse. Reservations are required; contact (843) 842-1979. $10 per person.

    Charter Fishing
    Daily; Call for reservations
    Harbour Town Yacht Basin offers the most experienced fishing captains on Hilton Head Island operating private fishing charters all year long. Just 10 minutes from the Atlantic Ocean, its fleet, including the Izzy A, Echo, and Integrity, will guide you to the most fertile fishing grounds. Harbour Town Yacht Basin offers trips ranging from three-hour inshore excursions to overnight trips to the Gulf Stream, 70 miles offshore. All items are provided, and catch will be cleaned at the docks. Reservations are required; contact Harbour Town Yacht Basin at (843) 363-8335.

    Geocaching
    Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of Sea Pines and discover your adventurous side through geocaching! Geocaching is a real-world treasure hunting game where you’ll follow clues to find hidden items at our popular sights. Share your pictures on Instagram and tag @theseapinesresort. Get started at seapines.com/geocaching. Complimentary.

    MEDIA CONTACT:
    Liz Smith (843.842.1935)
    The Sea Pines Resort
    lsmith@seapines.com

    Click Here To View the South Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Harbor Town Yacht Basin

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Harbor Town Yacht Basin

  • Shoaling Extending Southeast at Combahee Light, St. Helena Sound, AICW Alternate Route


    Cruisers wishing to avoid the regularly shoaling Ashepoo-Coosaw Cutoff by using the alternative route (http://cruisersnet.net/?p=145074 and http://cruisersnet.net/145808) downsteam in St. Helena Sound to the Combahee Bank, then northwestward upstream on the Ashepoo River to rejoin the ICW, will want to pay close attention to depths as you round the Combahee Bank Light.

    SOUTH CAROLINA – ST HELENA SOUND: Shoaling
    Shoaling has been reported extending from Combahee Bank Light (LLNR 4040) approximately 1NM in a southeast direction. Depths are reported between 5-15ft at Mean Low Water, while Chart # 11517 shows between 22-25ft. Mariners are advised to transit the area with extreme caution. Chart 11517 LNM 28/16

  • Summer Dockage Specials at Harbour Town Yacht Basin, AICW Statute Mile 565


    Harbor Town Yacht Basin, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, lies just off the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway on Calibogue Sound, below Statute Mile 565 at Marker 32, right in the heart of The Sea Pines Resort.

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    CLICK HERE FOR ALL THE SPECIALS AND ALL THE DETAILS!

    MEDIA CONTACT:
    Liz Smith (843.842.1935)
    The Sea Pines Resort
    lsmith@seapines.com

    Click Here To View the South Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Harbor Town Yacht Basin

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Harbor Town Yacht Basin

  • Travel and Leisure Names Charleston Best City in the World

    This Post and Courier article on Charleston was proudly – and justifiably so – submitted by David Rogers of City Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR. Charleston is also home to another SSECN SPONSOR, Charleston Harbor Marina at Patriots Point.

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    CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA NAMED WORLD’S BEST CITY AND NO. 1 CITY IN THE U.S. AND CANADA BY THE TRAVEL + LEISURE 2016 WORLD’S BEST AWARDS

    Rankings’ Effect on Tourism Continues to Positively Impact the Charleston Economy
    CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA (July 6, 2016) – For the first time, readers of Travel + Leisure magazine have voted Charleston, South Carolina the World’s Best City in the 2016 World’s Best Awards. Charleston is the first domestic destination to earn the coveted World’s Best City ranking, and for the fourth consecutive year, the readers of Travel + Leisure ranked the Charleston area the No. 1 City in the U.S. and Canada. The news was shared by Jacqui Gifford, Senior Editor of Travel + Leisure, on the TODAY Show on July 6.

    Charleston exceeded other destinations in the categories of sights/landmarks, culture/arts, restaurants/food, people/friendliness, shopping and value to earn the World’s Best City and the No. 1 City in the U.S. and Canada designation, scoring 91.66 overall. The complete results of the 2016 World’s Best Awards Survey are featured on TravelandLeisure.com/WorldsBest and in the August issue of the magazine, on newsstands July 15.

    Travel + Leisure Editor Nathan Lump said, “Charleston is a remarkably dynamic place, so it’s no surprise that it has achieved its highest ranking ever in our survey as this year’s best city in the world. The city has managed to preserve all the qualities for which it is widely known—a prime coastal setting, historic architecture, friendly locals—while also nurturing a creative culture that is making it one of the most notable destinations for those who seek out interesting restaurants, bars, and shops that highlight a dedication to distinctive craft.”

    The No. 1 rankings continue to positively impact tourism, the number one economic driver to the Charleston area. Since 2012, the first year Charleston was awarded the No. 1 City in the U.S. and Canada ranking in the Travel + LeisureWorld’s Best Awards, the total economic impact of tourism has increased 14% to $3.68 billion in 2015 according the Office of Tourism Analysis at the College of Charleston. Additionally, the average expenditure per adult and the total labor earnings has increased.

    Dan Blumenstock, Chairman of the Charleston Area Convention & Visitors Bureau and Director of Hotel Operations of Fennell Holdings remarked, “Readers of Travel + Leisure continue to recognize our destination for its friendly people, renowned cuisine, historic landmarks, flourishing arts community, and celebrated shopping scene. This award is a testament to the vitality of Charleston as a world class destination.” Blumenstock added, “The area’s tourism and hospitality community has enjoyed positive growth over the past four years, due in part to the numerous awards bestowed on the Charleston area. We look forward to continued and responsible economic impact as a result of the No. 1 City in the World ranking.”

    In addition to the No. 1 City rankings, The Spectator Hotel, located in historic Charleston, was recognized as the No. 1 Top City Hotel in the U.S.

    Michael Tall, President & Chief Operating Officer of Charlestowne Hotels stated, “The Spectator was designed, and is operated, with our discerning guests’ needs and desires for a unique, curated experience. With the hotel only having opened less than a year ago, we are truly honored to be recognized by the readers of Travel + Leisure as the No. 1 Top City Hotel in the 2016 World’s Best Awards in the categories of rooms and facilities, service, location, value, and design.”  

    Travel + Leisure readers voted on their favorite hotels, cities, islands, spas, cruise lines, airlines, tour outfitters, and car-rental agencies. The 2016 World’s Best Awards readers’ survey results (listed by overall and regional rankings) and survey methodology are featured in the August issue of Travel + Leisure magazine, online at: www.TravelandLeisure.com/WorldsBest, and in the World’s Best Awards 2016.

    Click Here To View the South Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Charleston City Marina

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    Click Here To View the South Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Charleston Harbor Marina

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Charleston Harbor Marina

  • Captain Jim Healy Discusses the Waterway from Charleston to St. Augustine

    Longtime cruiser and SSECN Contributing Editor, Captain Jim Healy, shares his knowledge and experience in these observations on this portion of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. Thank you Jim!

    The entire region from Charleston to St. Augustine has high tidal ranges, ranging from 5′ at St. Augustine to as much as 9′ in Savannah/Beaufort/Charleston.  Those high tidal ranges create swift tidal currents, and especially for first-times, docking is easiest in the 1/2 hour before and after slack.
    There are many areas of shallow water in the region.  The very best resource for current data on low water and caution areas is available via www.activecaptain.com.  Two other  websites that all ICW travelers should know about are www.waterwayguide.com and www.cruisersnet.net.  I’m sure you are familiar with the Waterway Guide book series.  The “Salty Southeast Cruiser’s Net” (SSECN) is  really a boating group.  It was founded by Claiborne Young.  After Claiborne’s untimely loss, the group continued in operation.  The Cruiser’s Net website specializes on the US Southeast.  There is some duplication of material between the WWG site and the SSECN site, but there is unique value to both.  Both are excellent resources for fuel prices, marinas and anchorages.  These websites would make a good sidebar for any ICW article.  Two of these websites require registration – SSECN does not – and all three are free, and all are very useful to ICW boaters.  Both WWG and SSECN also have smart phone apps that duplicate and augment website information and are very useful on small-format devices.
    There are some generalizations that apply to the region, including the stretch from Georgetown, SC all the way south to below Fernandina Beach.  In some of those areas, boats drawing more than 4′ will want to consider not traveling at low tide; especially celestial low tides.  The Army Corp of Engineers (USACE) is responsible for dredging the ICW.  USACE is funded by state congressional delegations.  In recent years, the money congress allocates to dredging has been diverted to “more pressing needs,” and so many areas of the ICW are shoaling, and in fact, the ICW resource is slowly being lost; well, allowed to die, really, by congress.  There is a not-for-profit called the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Association.  The Executive Director is Brad Pickel; bpickel@seahavenconsulting.com.  That would make another sidebar for any article on the ICW.  There are some local knowledge bypasses around some shoal areas.  All of the cruising sites above can provide additional detail.
    Renting a car in any of these venues greatly expands what a boating visitor can see and do.  Some, but not all, marinas have courtesy cars.  Generally they can’t be used for long periods, but they are useful for re-provisioning when needed.
    Hope this helps.
    Jim
    Peg and Jim Healy aboard Sanctuary, currently at Ft. Myers, FL
  • A Good Visit to Shelter Cove Marina, Hilton Head, SC, AICW Statute Mile 564


    Shelter Cove is located in a man-made cove on the southeastern shores of Broad Creek in Hilton Head Island near creek markers #22 and #23. Broad Creek departs the Waterway on the eastern shore of Calibogue Sound just as the Waterway turns west into the Copper River. Our thanks to Dick Lawson for this review.

    Spent 4 nights here this past month. This is a beautiful and very well run marina. It is large and slips can be either close to the “action” or close to the marina office/store and showers. Regardless, one of the dock boys will show up in a golf cart to deliver you to your destination. Within walking distance there are several very nice restaurants and other shops. Transportation is also provided to the supermarket, or to the beach. Location is several miles off the ICW, up Broad Creek, and, as the name implies, it is very sheltered. Look forward to a return trip.
    Dick Lawson

    Click Here To View the South Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Shelter Cove Marina

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Shelter Cove Marina

  • Captain Jim Healy on Charleston and Beaufort, SC and Savannah, GA

    Contributing Editor, Captain Jim Healy, shares his perspective on Charleston and Beaufort, SC and Savannah, GA where several SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSORs are located. Thank you Jim!

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    Charleston, SC and Savannah, GA: magnificent old southern cities with many points-of-charleston-harborinterest and fine restaurants; our strategy is to take a tour bus around the city.  Look for a tour company that has same-day on-and-off privileges.  (We do this every time we arrive somewhere we’ve not been before, including Canada).  We take the entire tour circuit first, then go back to places that we think we’d like to know more about.  At Charleston, start at the Welcome Center.  Or, take the tour boat to Fort Sumter; nice stjohnsaquarium near the Ft. Sumter ferry docks.  In Charleston, there is a water taxi from the Charleston Maritime Center that goes back and forth to Patriot Point, which is savanahhyattdockswhere the USS Yorktown is located.  In Savannah, there is a nice stage theater within walking distance of the downtown waterfront (http://www.savannahtheatre.com).  The Savannah waterfront is very interesting, with a large riverwalk, wonderful park overlooking the River, and large shipping and commercial traffic as well as every kind of small-isleofhopeboat and pleasure craft.  There are several architecture tours in both cities, and both have lots of weekly and seasonal activity for visitors.  From Savannah (there are marina options in downtown Savannah on the Savannah River or at Thunderbolt and Isle of Hope), boaters can also visit Tybee Island (light house and Fort Pulaski).

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    Beaufort, SC: from the Beaufort Downtown Marina, take a carriage tour through the historic ante-bellum homes in the area.  The downtown is friendly with many shoppes and good restaurant options.

    Jim Healy

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