We thought we'd be the first sailboat to pass through Hells Gate but when we got out into the river we talked to sv/Kokomo and sv/ Grace. Kokomo cruised this winter in the keys with our friends on sv/Euphoria and in the fall we kept playing hopscotch with Grace and sv/ Release. This morning, Kokomo actually is in the lead and wient through the pass first. They reported seeing no less than 7.1 feet in the cut. All six sailboats made it through without incident and early enough to get a swift current up to Thunderbolt, Ga and across the Savannah River into the next trouble spot, Fields Cut.
|2 ospreys on nest|
|Isle of Hope Marina|
We weren't sure where we were going to stop but Kokomo hailed us on the VHF. They were docking at Harbor Town Yacht Basin at the southern end of Hilton Head Island. They wanted us to join them so we could meet each other officially. Our mutual friends, Al and Colette, had spoken to them abut our traveling today...hopefully it was all good! So we decided this would be a cool thing to do. I called the marina and reserved a slip. About 15 minutes later, the wind had us motor-sailing 8.8 kph. Wow! Why do we want to call it a day at 1 pm? We couldn't pass this speed up with the opportunity to cover more miles than normal. I called the marina backed and cancelled our dock and then hailed Kokomo and let them know we decided to move on. Hopefully, we'll meet later on somewhere on the ICW!
|long metal dock at Port Royal|
|Office at Port Royal|