COME SAIL among the stunning lowcountry’s salt marshes and barrier islands. Dolphins play alongide S/V SPARTINA as we ply silently through the water. Hoist and trim a sail. Steer the vessel. Enjoy a spectacular sunset. Spartina Sailing Adventures caters to those of all ages with a sense of adventure and curiosity.
Geologic events sometimes disrupt the ecologic landscape. Volcanoes explode and bury river valleys with mudslides. Earthquakes rearrange entire coastlines with tsunamis. Meteor impacts cause mass extinctions. Post-event, the affected environment reaches a new state of equilibrium. We’re in the midst of a human disruption, a virus-driven pandemic, that has mostly shut down the human world. … Continue reading The Great Pause
Anchored in north-facing Manjack Lagoon, Spartina began to roll occasionally on random ocean swells. By midnight, the rolling became regular. Swells, from tropical storm Chris off the Carolina Coast, had found us in Abaco. It was mid-July and time to leave the hurricane-prone northern Bahamas. Statistically, July hurricanes seldom occur, but we still had almost … Continue reading Manjack to Great Sale
By day’s end, we’d motor-sailed Spartina 74 miles along the intracoastal waterway (ICW) from Blackwater Creek in Virginia to the lower Alligator River. Under a twilight December sky, I set the anchor in 10 ft. of water just south of Tuckahoe Point. Here we slept soundly all night. At first light the next morning, we … Continue reading Alligator River to Adams Creek
I collected oysters today at low tide. The Folly River was flat- no wind at all. A light fog and a misting rain muted the marsh colors to hues of blue and gray. Here near Folly Beach (and most of coastal South Carolina), an ebbing tide exposes our oysters. Cold water tends to plump these … Continue reading Oystering in South Carolina