OK, so it isn’t actually June 21 yet, but it’s time we face facts: It’s summer. Time to bid adieu to spring’s lovely, breezy weather and succumb to the season’s perpetual sweat and heat stroke. Luckily our years in the Lowcountry have trained us to hop on a boat the second the weather gets frightfully hot. And at the Charleston Yacht Affair at the City Marina’s Megadock this past Sunday, we got to spend time on plenty of them.
Benefiting Communities in Schools, the event invited patrons to go aboard various yachts and enjoy culinary treats from area restaurants, food trucks, and catering services, as well as drinks from Firefly and Fat & Juicy Bloody Mary Mix. Some boats featured live music, and others required taking your shoes off before stepping aboard. We scarfed down hush puppies with rock shrimp, lobster, velouté sauce, chives, and fried leeks from Fleet Landing before hopping on The Spirit of South Carolina, a huge yacht that offered delicious prime rib sliders from Neil Jordan’s. We also hit up the crab cakes and frogmore stew on The Osprey — staples for any boat day.
The event also featured a silent auction, with packages ranging from massages from Muscles Kneaded to signed Eric Clapton memorabilia to Guerrilla Cuisine gift certificates. At the end of the evening, we left feeling stuffed and happy, but we also came to an important, life-changing conclusion: It’s time to buy a yacht. Or at least befriend someone who has one. Any takers?