Lake Murray Cruisers Enjoy Southport,
Wilmington and Bald Head Island
Before Hurricane Florence Rains Arrive
We had sunny skies and rainbows, but not everything
was rosy on Lake Murray's Southport/Wilmington/Bald Head Island Cruise 31 August
to 4 September 2018!
The cruise -- or more specific, the tow -- proved a rough start for many, including more
flat tires on trailers than anyone cares to admit, engines that would not start,
and batteries with no juice. But, as P/Lt/C Bryant Blakeslee once uttered as
David Allen's tow rig was dead in Greeleyville, "If it was easy, everybody would
do it!" Ultimately, the trip was a wonderful, boasting nine boats and
24 members, with the Allens and Ruinens enjoying their first squadron cruise
with "new" boats.
Southport, as usual, proved a great starting point
for the trip, as eight Lake Murray cruisers towed in from Columbia to join one
that cruised up the ICW from Little River. The adventure took the group to
Wilmington where we encountered a group of cruisers from the Long Bay Power and
Sail Squadron staying at the same marina. We enjoyed a great day in Wilmington
and hosted a dock party with tours of Surcee.
We next cruised to Bald Head Island. It was a
learning opportunity as we maneuvered to dock while avoiding the daily ferry
arrivals and departures. Everyone found something to enjoy at Bald Head as some
toured the island on golf carts and others headed to the beach. On departing
Bald Head, the Allens cruised back to Little River, while some of our group
planned a return trip to Southport, and some had to pull out and head home to
return to work following the Labor Day Weekend.
Check out the photos below by clicking on the first
thumbnail to open a larger slide program and see what a beautiful time on the
water you missed. Be sure not to get left behind on our next cruise.