Since we're looking at a series of day trips from here to Jacksonville, we're not looking for big weather windows. We think we can deal with some sail-and-then-wait cycles.
We can't really dawdle too much longer. We had a great time with Venerable Great Aunt Diane. We need to move South.
Some of the anchorages look like they're just deep spots on the marsh. Not much protection in a real blow. But the bigger concern is the cold rather than wind and rain and generally icky weather.
Later this week it will drop down to 3°C: painfully cold. If we get fuel tomorrow afternoon, then we can leave any time starting Tuesday morning.
Wednesday, for example, looks like this.
Wed: NE winds 15 to 20 kt...diminishing to 10 to 15 kt in the afternoon. Seas 3 to 4 ft. A chance of showers... Mainly in the afternoon
Not ideal; ideal would be flatter seas. But manageable to get us to the S. Edisto River (32°29.760'N 080°19.535'W) or Observatory Beach (32°27.469'N 080°30.739'W). These are about 35 nm away. Just six hours of sailing in 3'-4' seas.
From there, we think we go up river to Beaufort for Thursday and perhaps Friday. We'll have to see what the anchorages there are like. Weather beyond Wednesday is just a guess, but it should warm up and high pressure may build into the area giving us winds from the NE to help us down the coast.