Summer is upon us at Dataw and the Low Country. Everything moves more slowly, but the DIYC is keeping a busy schedule on the water.
Nancy Schulte has led the Kayakers on new adventures – an ACE Basin outing and a trip to Cotton Island, to be followed by the Fripp Sandbar event.
Before leaving for the north and cooler weather, Sailing Captain Roy Crocker sailed in the 12th Classic Boat Rally. It was a two day race from Savannah Yacht Club to Beaufort Yacht and Sailing Club. The race has been featured in Sail Magazine twice. Roy and Rear Commodore Scott Johnson put together an article soon to come out in Dataw’s Dateline magazine describing this and other recent activity. I hope everyone will look it over.
May and June have been busy with power cruises, and more are coming up. On May 21 we cruised into the ACE Basin. If you have not made this cruise in the couple of times that we have put in on, watch for it in the future. It is a wonderful chance to experience this natural treasure. We went up the Bull River, crossed Williman Creek and Islands, and came into the upper Combahee. Passing under the Highway 17 Bridge to Charleston, we went miles further, finally stopping in the fresh waters near the landing for Cherokee Plantation for lunch. We passed the banks and irrigation gates of the old plantations, saw eagles who were watching us, had dolphins literally at boat-side, passed mating alligators, and discovered pink spoonbills in a bank of cedars.
This past weekend, the DIYC was the guest of the Savannah Yacht Club. We planned a convoy, but the weather caused all but two boats to exercise understandable caution and withdraw. While the event was curtailed, the remaining two boats and their crew cruised through Calibogue Sound past Hilton Head and stopped for lunch at Daufuskie Island. We arrived at the Yacht Club and enjoyed dinner in Savannah. The ride back was easy for the early departing first boat, but the second crew spent a couple of hours touring Daufuskie in a golf cart (something you must do) and at Hilton Head ran into heavy weather. We were forced to turn back and put in at a bar at Skull Creek, finally returning in the late afternoon. Boating presents unexpected adventures and opportunities.
Next up is our cruise on Monday June 18 on the Prince of Tides departing from the Beaufort Downtown Marina. This is an easy cruise – we don’t use our boats but the DIYC reserves a tour boat and our members bring drinks and appetizers. It may seem too easy or a touristy thing, but we thoroughly enjoyed it last year, and it was a complete sell out. You think you know the area, but I promise that this will be a learning experience. This year the cruise will be a little longer and will travel south on the Beaufort River. As of this writing, there are only a few seats left.
The grand Morgan Island Sandbar picnic and outing follows on June 23. The event includes a trip to the Sandbar in the Morgan River, food, wine and beer, and a lot of fun with two neighboring Yacht Clubs. This year not only will we be joined by Fripp Island Yacht Club, but for the first time the Edisto Island Yacht Club will travel over and join in.
There’s more to come in July with either a trip to Pritchards Island or a rain date trip to Cotton Island to replace a missed opportunity in April.
The DIYC will host Camp Dataw at the Gazebo on Monday July 8. Beth Vance has worked with the SC Department of Natural Resources to prepare a program that the kids will love dedicated to the nature and wildlife of the Low Country including live land and sea critters brought in by the DNR representatives.
Finally, the leadership of the DIOA and Dataw’s attorney are working to conclude negotiations for Dataw’s potential purchase of the Dataw Marina property. Concurrently, the DIOA Long Range Planning Committee is developing and examining options for potential use of the property. The DIYC has urged that a marina result from this process. There will be much to do if Dataw purchases the property, and DIYC will do all that it can to support development of marina options.