This morning we woke to the usual cargo ships entering and leaving the port of Savannah at 4 am, 5 am, 6 am, you get the picture. I finally get out of bed at 6:30 am to a cup of coffee and walk Frankie around the grounds of the Westin Savannah. After returning to Kailani, I start working the lines to prepare for departure, then the water and electric are shut down. At precisely 9:00 am we are leaving the dock and looping. The river is clear in both directions when we leave the dock but around the first bend, we see a large ship carrying cars into port heading towards us, so we move as much to starboard as possible, slow to see how much river he’ll need to navigate the bend and watch as he slowly passes us to port. Then we fall back into the river channel and head for Field’s Cut. All of this trip now will be a repeat of the trip south, just in reverse.
The waters and marinas will be familiar, but the weather will be new. Take today for example, it’s still mid morning and the sun is heating us up to 75 degrees already. This looping is sorta fun!
We pass by the Harbourtown Marina on Hilton Head Island and the PGA Pros are competing in the RBC Classic this weekend, so there are lots of extremely large yachts in Calibogue Sound today as we cross on our way north. We estimated five hours for today’s cruise and in 4 hours and 30 minutes we’re docking at the familiar Port Royal Landing Marina. We had a nice push from the current for most of the way so we made great time. Our plan is to do more anchoring on the loop, but Port Royal Landing Marina has a courtesy car and a laundry and we’ll need both, so for the weekend, we’ll make use of the hospitality.
Day one of our loop turns out to be a beautiful cruise day with gorgeous weather, wonderful sights, calm seas and no issues. We learned that looping is basically the same as all the cruising we’ve done to date it just adds additional goals and focus for us. The adventure ahead for us will make us a better team both nautically and humanly.
We’ve heard from lots of our followers that they enjoy reading the updates and we certainly don’t want to disappoint you, but going forward on our loop, we’ve decided to do weekly updates rather than a new blog each time we cruise. We’ll still describe lots of unique happenings, sights, etc., but we’ll consolidate the ordinary recurring things to keep the blog fresh.