Charleston sailors - Station 29 question

Charleston sailors - Station 29 question

Post by Andrew Keel » Thu, 07 May 1998 04:00:00


Thanks to everone who replied to my NW sailing question.  I have another:

I usually sail off my in-laws house in the middle of IOP, but have had
some great sessions with great company in NE fall/winter winds at the
Station 28-29 area  -- the wind is more sideshore and the sandbar throws
up some better-behaved waves than IOP.  I haven't been there for a year or
so, and stopped to look at the lauch a couple of weeks ago.  The beach has
eroded back to the houses and homeowners have built seawalls and thrown up
rip rap and cement piles to break wave energy.  The shoreline looks
horible and dangerous.

What's going on?  Is this legal?  Is it safe to sail there with all this
***in the water?  Is there another launch nearby to the south where the
beach has been accreting?  I hope it's not another good launch gone bad.
Thanks for any information.

Andy Keeler
Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics
301 Conner Hall
The University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602
706-542-0849 (voice) 706-542-0739 (fax)

 
 
 

Charleston sailors - Station 29 question

Post by DAD » Fri, 15 May 1998 04:00:00

Andy, I live and sail off the beach at 616 Ocean Blvd, IOP.  I have not been
down to Station 29 on Sullivan's to sail this season, but on the good days
there are a lot of sails visible down there.  The attraction of Sta. 29 for me
is that the bar results in flat water at low tide -- good for practice.
Otherwise might as well sail off the beach thru the surf where we are.  You
are right, there has been new erosion on NE end of Sullivan's Island, but this
should not be a problem at low tide.  Placing of riprap is prohibited by the
SC Beach Management Act of 1990 or 91, and I am not aware of any new riprap
since then.  Just permitted sandbagging.  Drop by the next time you are on the
IOP.  If its a good day my son and I are likely to be on the water.

Dick Watson, on the beach at Isle of Palms (Charleston), SC

Quote:

> I usually sail off my in-laws house in the middle of IOP, but have had
> some great sessions with great company in NE fall/winter winds at the
> Station 28-29 area  --
> The beach has
> eroded back to the houses and homeowners have built seawalls and thrown up
> rip rap and cement piles to break wave energy.

> What's going on?  Is this legal?  Is it safe to sail there with all this
> ***in the water?  Is there another launch nearby to the south where the
> beach has been accreting?  I hope it's not another good launch gone bad.
> Thanks for any information.

> Andy Keeler