2006 - Rick and Carol Butler, Zippity, Beaufort, SC
Rick and Carol exemplify the hospitality that both Beaufort, South Carolina and an SSCA Cruising Station is known for. For example, as described by the SSCA members Alan and Michele Watson aboard s/v Kindred Spirit, "I dropped my camera into the water back in Georgetown, South Carolina. Sometimes things happen for a reason, you just don’t know the reason until much later, if ever. I ordered a new camera through Amazon and had it shipped to Beaufort, South Carolina.
"Why Beaufort? I looked ahead to where we might be by the time a package could arrive in a location and cross-referenced that with the SSCA “Cruising Stations.” Your next question would be what is an SSCA Cruising Station? Cruising Station hosts are members who volunteer to serve as a contact and host for other members in a given location. They may offer information about a port and facilities, welcome you, provide local maps and guides, accept packages, and assist in locating things you might need. I contacted the Butlers in Beaufort (Ladys Island) to ask if I could have the new camera sent to them. Not only did Rick say yes, but he also stayed in contact with us, gave wonderful advice on the route we would be taking, and offered his own dock as a place to stay.
"If I had not dropped and broken my camera, we would never have contacted Rick and met both him and his lovely wife, Carol. Things do happen for a reason! The morning of our arrival, Rick was out sailing in his beetle cat and quickly hopped on his dock to help us tie up."