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Commodore’s Blog – June 2018

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.





Commodore’s Blog May 2018

The DIYC Board met last week and reviewed upcoming events. The annual Jimmy Fitts Pig Pickin’ was almost upon us at that time and was held at the Gazebo on May 7. Again this year, it was a terrific sold-out event. The weather was perfect, the food excellent, friends plentiful, and the DIYC Ships Store had a bountiful supply of new merchandise. Thanks especially to Mary Kay Noren and Karen McCue for heading up and managing this year’s Pig Pickin’.

Our Kayak group has just led a kayaking outing to the ACE Basin. It is a wonderful time of year to be there and see the natural beauty, including the very seasonal Spider Lilies. The Cotton Island kayak cruise is coming up.

Speaking of the ACE Basin, our power boat cruise will be heading there very soon. (The planned trip for Cotton Island last month had to be cancelled because of terrifically bad weather, but this favorite cruise will make up for it.) We will leave on the morning of May 21, cruise across the Coosaw, pass through the Bull River and Williman Creek, finally passing into the upper
Combahee River and anchoring for lunch at the Tea House Landing of Cherokee Plantation. This is always a wonderful outing into the upper fresh waters of the Basin.

Cruising events continue heating up, and June is a big month. The first cruise will be an overnighter on June 8 to the Savannah Yacht Club. On June 18 we again have chartered the Prince of Tides for a fabulous tour of the Beaufort River, ICW and local waters south of town.

Even more for June – planning has begun for the June 23 Morgan Island Sandbar party and picnic outing. This always has been a fun get together with our friends from the Fripp Island Yacht Club, and this year the group is expanded to include Edisto Island Yacht Club. Don’t miss it!

It is a treat to host the Dataw Island kids to a DIYC event for Camp Dataw. Planning has begun by Beth Vance and Betty Huntley for a day’s activities centered on the waters, fish and wildlife of our paradise, supported by input from the SC DNR and Hunting Island Nature Center.

Finally, of course, a note on the continuing Dataw Marina saga. The negotiations with Creekstone continue, but there is no immediate news. There are suggestions from Creekstone of interests from other buyers, but nothing to report there either.

Because I was out of town, I missed the recent Town Hall meeting that addressed the status of the Marina property issues, but I watched the video of the session. I want to complement especially all of the DIYC members who participated and provided positive and meaningful comments. I hope that we can see movement in the near future.

Speaking of marinas and docks, you should take a look at the new day dock at the Beaufort Waterfront Park. It is an example of a simple, sturdy efficient dock with ample tie-ups that took only weeks to put in place.

Happy boating, cruising, kayaking fishing, exploring and roaming – see you on the water!