Friday, August 29rd to Monday September 1st
Dataw Island is a great destination. Plan to be there Labor Day weekend. We have made arrangements for docking on the outside or the inside of the long face dock, which means easier docking. We’ve got the shelter scheduled for a Saturday evening cocktail party and the restaurant is expecting us for dinner afterwards. We’ll meet again for breakfast in the shelter Sunday morning. Of course, everything is optional. Some of us will be arriving Friday and will stay until Monday, but you can come later and depart sooner, depending upon your schedule. The marina has bicycles, or you may be able to rent a golf cart from the pro-shop, depending upon availability. The Morgan River should be a good fishing ground or fun to explore in a dinghy.
Dockage is $1.75 per foot per night with a $5 or $10 charge for 30 Amp or 50 Amp power, respectively. Bicycles are available at the marina (first come, first serve) for no charge, and the charge for golf carts is $21 per day. For those who can’t come by boat, Dataw Resort Villas are available for $190 plus tax per night. These are two bedroom villas and can be shared. On holidays there is a three night minimum, but if they still have villas available during the week before Labor Day, they would probably not require the three night minimum.
Boats needing dockage reservations should call Rett Bootie, the Harbor Master, at 843-838-8410. If you want to reserve a villa, call Heidi Arroyave-Kook at 843-838-4243. (Let Heidi know you’re part of the Charleston Yacht Club group and if you’re calling that week before Labor Day weekend, let her know that I said there might not be a three night minimum requirement.) I will get a headcount for dinner reservations on Saturday and let the restaurant know how many we will have. The cocktail party Saturday evening will be BYOB, and you can bring an hors-d’oeuvre if you like. Breakfast Sunday morning at the shelter will be omelets or pancakes or both with coffee and juice (and maybe even Bloody Marys and Mimosas).
There will be a sign-up sheet in the lounge at the club. Please sign up so that we’ll know how many people to expect. Be sure to include your e-mail address. The trip to Dataw Island via the ICW is approximately 56 statute miles (50 nautical miles) from City Marina and approximately 50 nautical miles from the Charleston jetties (G17) to St. Helena Sound and up the Morgan River. Additional navigation information is being sent out for the boats planning on making the trip.
Please call Bob Kelley or e-mail him with questions. (Home) 843-559-3178, (Cell) 843-607-5416