"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines.

Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." -Mark Twain

Charleston, SC

>> Saturday, May 8, 2010

For Moultrie to the northeast, Fort Sumter and the beaches of Morris Island and Fort Wagner, where the 54th Massachusetts Regiment fought so valiantly, to the southwest. Sailing into Charleston Harbor is a history lesson in itself! Docked at the Charleston Maritime Center, we're ideally situated in the heart of downtown, just a walk away from the South Carolina Aquarium, the College of Charleston, the Charleston Museum, and all the shops, restaurants, and tourist traps the city has to offer. We even took in the annual Dragon Boat Festival. We also had the chance to do some well-earned laundry, take some very necessary fresh-water showers, and spent hours at the library doing research for end-of-term projects and catching up with friends online. We also got to meet with the crew of another traditional schooner, the Spirit of South Carolina, who takes local schoolchildren and high school students to sea on programs that last from a few hours to ten days.

Charleston has been good to us, maybe too much so, as good sailors and good ships rot in port. We're looking forward to getting back to sea and heading north toward the mouth of the Chesapeake. Goals: Shooting Local Apparent Noon (LAN) to within a mile and earning aloft clearances. All hands are well and would like to wish our moms a HAPPY MOTHERS DAY!!!



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