Wednesday, October 28, 2015
The kid had a long weekend, so we loaded up and headed to the coast. Arriving Friday evening, we settled in and waited for Saturday morning to roll around. The wife woke up with a headache, so the kid and I reluctantly headed out the door without her.
We drove out to the Isle of Palms Marina to set the sailboat up and go for a sail. This was the first time that we had launched from the marina so it was a new experience but everything worked out great. We paid the launch and slip fee and were able to not only launch the boat every day, but we trailered the boat and left it at the marina. Super convenient.
We launched the boat and headed up the Intercoastal Waterway. Lots of other boats around, sailing yachts, fishing boats, the Dewees Island Ferry. We had to motor the first 15 minutes before raising the sails because we were heading straight into the wind. After getting under sail we tacked up into the opening of Dewees Inlet and closer to the private island. All of a sudden we started seeing dolphins. They seemed to be swimming and feeding all over the inlet.
We tacked back and forth a couple of times before heading back the the marina. The ride back was amazing. Running from the wind which was blowing about 15 mph at this point, we picked up some speed and were skimming across the water. The kid was having a blast, which was a very successful breakthrough.
The day was saved when we finally headed back to the marina and hoisted the sails. With the wife aboard this time, we again headed out to Dewees Inlet to look for more dolphins. We were rewarded and sat in amazement, watching the sleek creatures surface withing 10 feet of the boat.
Posted by Stephen at 8:10 AM