in Charleston this week, will feel like you're "south". I stayed in that location one winter, but it was a ramshackle place called Buzzards Roost. New place should be nice, but I had a car when I was there.
Scoob how long did you fight the falling tide? One of the benefits of having all this daylight to work with is you can delay your entrance for slack or helpful current
- whatever conditions demand. I'd probably heaved to and goofed off for awhile and fished for spanish, tidied ship, cooked, rested, etc and waited for the flood - if the conditions were right and all of that. Just something to keep in mind. You can also look at the tide before you leave, as part of your planning, and time your passage
for optimal time. Sometimes just slowing down a bit can do it, but I do understand the impetus to keep pushing at times, even if it is slower or harder on the engine
Don't know where you are, but I think you'll hit Elliots cut at a decent time. That next bridge you open up, that section up to the Stono can easily have 5 knot
currents and I have heard of 6-7. Just be aware of that if you are sailing around the harbor this winter. You're in a great place to learn to sail.
Congrats on a good first run, hope you get a few days to goof off in the 70 degree weather-