The Ditch

…It’s a son of a bitch y’all! We crossed the mighty Pamlico Sound in two giant leaps… Bam, Bam! We got that shit out of the way. Well, kind of… From River Dunes we sailed on a powerful reach for 10 hours with sharp growling seas all day to the (not so much) protection of the Long Shoal River. As we made our approach to the anchorage the land was so low that it didn’t even show up on the radar until we got right up on it. There’d be no protection from that direction. But the wind and seas laid down just after dark giving us a peaceful night on the hook. The boat was still nice and dry from four days of River Dunes decadence and the wind was from the South so it was comfortable down below. The next day we sailed to Manteo. On the way to Croatan Sound the wind and waves were somewhat at odds with each other in the open Pamlico. Although we had a nice fresh southerly breeze giving us a strong starboard reach for most of the day, the waves, wow, were in the 3 to 6 foot range and slapping us right on the starboard beam. It was a sloshy ride. …but that warm (finally!) south wind felt so nice! As we passed Oregon Inlet, the only confusing part of the leg, it was a down hill run in a straight line south all the way to the Manteo channel, and let me (James) tell you,  after two hard sailing, 10 hour, days in a row we were actually kind of glad that a big Nor’easter was going to keep us hunkered down for a spell. I mean really, there are worse looking places to ride out a storm. The[…]

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With the weather

This we know… Slogging our way up the face of the continent, patiently waiting for our beloved southern breeze, but not too much or it could get intense and we can’t have that. Wrightsville Beach to Surf City, a five hour day with a light western breeze restarted the “Ah-factor” in this adventure in a big way and also gave us a much needed dry night on the boat. Of course we had to get some beach time in. We powered through a 6 hour slog to Swansboro the following day. Ugh, the weather was shit and the tidal currents didn’t do what we’d thought they might. Slow going at 2500rpm! What we’ve done in the past is anchor in Mile Hammock Bay and bolt on up to Peletier Creek (western outskirts of Morehead City), but we wanted to see a bunch of stuff we’ve never seen before (or why are we doing this?) and keep the boat warm and dry down below on this passage north. Swansboro, North Carolina, has a pretty good city dock within easy walking distance of a pretty good meal and a nice little waterfront park… too bad the gloomy weather made everything look like a 1930’s black and white photo. Still, it was new and different and we were able to explore a bit. The next day was a frustrating beat all the way to the City of Morehead with the Genny wound to 100% for good measure. For a large part of the day, the wind only came around when we turned, which was rare, putting it right in our faces. Then, right at the end, the sailing was awesome. We ran aground coming into the slip at the marina… again! Gives me a chill thinking about getting a bigger boat with more[…]

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