Still in Brunswick, GA

29 November 2016 — A week later we are still in Brunswick, Georgia

p1030146When we arrived last Tuesday, we weren’t sure if we would stay in Brunswick for 2 or 3 days, but we opted to stay for three, through Thursday and enjoy Thanksgiving dinner at Brunswick Landing Marina.

tdayOne of the benefits of staying at marinas on holidays is that more often than not, the marina or residents put on a party.  This Thanksgiving holiday was no different.  The marina provided the wine, beer, turkey and stuffing and the boat owners brought sides and desserts.  Well over 150 people attended which translated to over 70 different side dishes and desserts creating a fabulous array of food options.

These events are usually really good times.  It is hard to explain, but you are surrounded by people you don’t really know, and most likely will never see again, but you share so many things in common, there is never a shortage of conversation.  Everyone learns from everyone else’s experiences and so many stories are shared.

It is fun when we do actually run into people we met last year on our travels.  While we were in Annapolis in October we met up with a very friendly couple a few boats down from us.  After some basic conversation we realized we had shared last Thanksgiving dinner with them at Ladys Island, in South Carolina.  We instantly connected like good old friends quickly helping each other out, sharing multiple dinners and learning from each other’s experiences.  They were in the process of buying a new boat and started their journey south a month or later than us.  We wouldn’t be surprised if we run into them again in the coming months.

On Thanksgiving  a couple we had met in Jekyll Island last year pulled into this marina to spend a few days.  We recognized and remembered each other and again we were like old friends.

We realize that we probably won’t keep in touch with most of these people, but when we do run into each other at a future port of call, it is fun to reconnect and catch up.  We exchange boat cards so if we ever do need to reconnect we are only an email or phone call away (provided anyone has cell or internet coverage wherever they are).

We woke up Friday morning with every intention of setting out that afternoon to do an overnight passage to St. Augustine, Florida.  Once there, we would tie up to a mooring ball Saturday morning for one or two nights.  Then another overnight passage would get us to Cape Canaveral, Florida for a few nights and then we would arrive in Ft. Pierce, Florida where we plan to spend the month of December.

But, living by the weather, we know plans sometimes change.  As we looked at the weather forecasts that morning, we discovered that although we could still make the plan work if we really had to, and it wouldn’t put us in harm’s way, the wind was not going to be our friend.  It was forecast to kick up to 15 – 20 knots with gusts to 25-30 and clock around to the south meaning we would be beating into it once we arrived in St. Augustine.  The seas were forecast to get churned up as well and it didn’t look like it would a very comfortable set of passages or time on the mooring ball overnight.

p1030148So, although the weather here never seemed too significant, we have no regrets looking ahead and planning our travel for what will be where we expect to be, rather than what is where we are.

Maybe we are getting a little spoiled and are becoming fair weather sailors when we can be, but we are in no hurry and there was no reason to move on if it wasn’t going to be comfortable or fun.

p1030147-copyWe decided to stay here in Brunswick, Georgia until that system blows through — looks like that may not be the case until Thursday, two more days!  So what was originally going to be a 2 or 3 night stay has now turned into a 9 night stay – this means we qualify for the monthly rate here at the marina – maybe we’ll stay here for the month instead of moving on to Florida right now.  (Just kidding – sort of.)

There are definitely worse places to be stuck.  We love the restaurant offerings and are eating very well.

The weather forecast is constantly changing, and this morning it now looks that another system will be arriving bringing more southerly winds to our itinerary.  We still plan to leave Brunswick on Thursday and arrive St. Augustine on Friday morning, spend one night on a mooring ball, and then head out on Saturday.  If the forecasts are correct with the southerly wind, we do have options and we may opt go back inside on the ICW for the remainder of the trip to Ft. Pierce.  But to be honest we both are still preferring the prospect of being able to knock off the miles by going off shore.  Stay tuned.

Until then, a few boat chores are done everyday.  The birds here are tenacious and many and we end up cleaning the deck daily.

For those keeping score, today’s chore was putting the dinghy in the water and firing up the outboard to see if it works or if it needs some TLC after being dormant for so long.  SURPRISE!!! — it started with no problem.  Of course the big test is when we actually NEED it to start, like when we are on the mooring ball in St. Augustine.   We will keep you posted.

The rest of the time when we are not doing boat chores, we enjoy being bums just lounging around.

Bird transport services

21 November 2016 – Charleston, SC – Brunswick, GA

p1030134-croppedWe scheduled our departure from Charleston, SC with slack water so as to make it easier to back the boat out of the slip and navigate the fairway with as little current as possible.

It was a beautiful, albeit cooler than desired, morning as we navigated the Charleston Inlet and headed out to the ocean for what will be our longest passage to date to Brunswick, Gerogia.

p1030136Sometimes you just feel small, and that was the case as this large container ship came up from behind us in the inlet requesting that we give him room as another equally large ship was inbound and they would need the entire width of the channel to pass safely.  We happily obliged as the the water just outside the channel has plenty of depth and we drove around in circles until the two ships had passed.

We had a couple of dolphin sightings on the passage, the first one while we were still in the inlet, when Christina called out “flying dolphin” as she gazed to port and saw a dolphin breaching fully out of the water.  He and another dolphin then swam quickly to our boat and swam alongside for a few minutes.  Later in the afternoon there was one swimming along side and dropped behind the boat and seemed to look us in the eye to say “hello”.  The last one of the passage was in the middle of the night when another few swam alongside again.

p1030139On land, we love all creatures great and small, but birds are not our friends on the boat, due to the mess they can create with their droppings.  After several hours on the ocean this little guy landed on the shroud and was obviously very tired.  He is clearly a land based bird, and somehow got caught out in the ocean and now there is no land in sight.  p1030140Normally we shoo birds off the boat, but this guy was sooooo tired we didn’t have the heart to scare him off and we let him rest.  He would fly off every now and then and quickly come back, as if he was hoping to find land or a more suitable perch.  After a while we didn’t see him anymore, and figured he had gotten his rest and flew away to another boat closer to land or beyond.  (After we had arrived in Brunswick and got settled into our slip we saw the same type of bird on the dock.  We don’t know if this was the same bird and he had found a comfortable place to rest in our sail pack or if it was a cousin.  We may learn more the next time we raise the sail if there is a mess that falls out.)

p1030143When you are out on the ocean there isn’t much to take photos of – except the sunsets and sunrises.  This was tonight’s sunset.

As the night wore on the water and wind churned up and we were rockin’ and rolling for several hours.  It was the most movement we have experienced on the boat in some time.  For the person sleeping it was great for lulling them to sleep, for the person on watch it meant holding on as they moved around the cockpit or went below.  But all was well.

After 150 miles and nearly 27 hours we arrived at Brunswick Landing Marina, having to navigate around dredging equipment that went across virtually the entire river to the marina.  We radioed and he moved a bit to the side so we could pass without much concern – but it was a good thing that Bob was looking ahead to see the equipment – or else we may have had a rough end to the trip.


We will be at Brunswick Landing Marina for 2 or 3 nights, probably partaking in the marina Thanksgiving festivities before we head on down to St. Augustine, FL.  We are enjoying the overnight passages.

Dolphins, dolphins and more dolphins…..

17 – 18 November 2016  — Bald Head Island, North Carolina – Charleston, South Carolina


Yay!!! We scored a slip at Charleston Harbor Marina – or so we hope.  With our departure at slack water here in Bald Head, it means we will be arriving in Charleston at Max Flood  with the current ripping strong.  Getting into the marina may be challenging, but we have 20 hours to contemplate that while we are on the water.

Shortly after leaving the shipping channel we spotted breaching Dolphins on our starboard side.  They turned and headed our way.  With the boat on auto pilot, we both left the cockpit to watch the dolphins enjoy swimming in our bow wake for a few minutes.  Pretty darned cool.

Let’s hope this is another harbinger for a quiet and peaceful passage.

p1030121As the day wore on the water and wind got more and more calm, and motoring on the ocean was much like motoring on a quiet lake.  Although we like being able to put the sails up, we definitely don’t complain about the calm days and nights either.

p1030117We prepared for our 2 hours on and 2 hours off watch schedule, with Bob getting rest before he would be on again.


p1030120We didn’t know we were about to have an awesome night of visitors.

p1030125We had a peaceful and calm night.  Then at midnight, at shift change as Bob was trying to go to sleep, he was disturbed by all the noise (over the engine) and we peered over the starboard side to see a pod of dolphins frolicking alongside the cockpit.  These stayed with us for almost a half hour.

Then again at the next shift change at 2am as Christina was getting ready to lay down. we peered out and saw two dolphins half breach, as if in excitement, and then quickly come swimming over to play and swim alongside the cockpit again (they may also have been in the bow wake – but we didn’t go out to see)… (It was very similar to how a dog gets excited to see someone and comes running over to play.)

Images wouldn’t come out of the dark dolphins in the dark water at night so there is no footage.  We just sat and enjoyed, with Christina getting sprayed in the face as the dolphins blew through their blow holes as they passed by.    Even though they keep us awake, dolphin sightings make us smile!

p103012722 hours after first leaving Bald Head Island we arrived in Charleston, South Carolina at first light – along with a few more dolphins in the inlet.


Charleston was hit hard by Hurricane Matthew and as mentioned in yesterday’s post, finding room in a marina was more challenging than expected.  No marina in the city was unaffected.

The big marina with the “mega” dock (for mega boats) that boasts 19,000 linear feet of dockage and the longest free standing dock (1,530 feet) where we stayed last year at this time (and they have awesome happy hour 4 nights a week), had no room and didn’t anticipate having room until early December.  Our preferred marina for location and price (not amenities) was destroyed by the hurricane and is closed indefinitely.  The marina up the river that is not close to ANYTHING walking distance and has no courtesy car to borrow was full up.  The other marina we have stayed at twice up the other river (having to time a bridge opening and the current through a narrow part of the canal) we really didn’t want to deal with again was damaged and they lost their transient slips.

So, we had to “resort” to Charleston Harbor Marina & Resort, but even that we didn’t know for sure until the morning we wanted to cast off the lines.  We arrived with no drama and a slip waiting for us.

This is a destination resort next to the USS Yorktown Aircraft Carrier museum we toured this past Spring.  They too were impacted and reported at least 3 boats were “totaled” due to damage from the hurricane and not all of their docks are operational (nor was their wifi evidently).

We are able to take advantage of all the resort amenities – pools, hot tubs, etc.  Only downside is you have to rely on the water taxi (which only runs on Saturday at this time of the year) or the every other hour trolley to get into town.  So it is not really convenient.

We guess we will spend the afternoon tomorrow lounging at a pool, enjoying lunch and sipping cocktails at the bar, after a morning of boat chores that include changing the oil and filling the water tanks.  Life is rough.

Monday we will head off shore again for a passage to Brunswick, Georgia.

A peaceful night….

15 November – 16 November – Morehead City – Bald Head Island, NC

The winds and rain have passed by Morehead City, and it is now time to leave.  We definitely enjoyed our 6 nights here, discovering some mighty fine restaurants, but are thrilled to be on our way again.

p1030106We were very pleased to calculate. while planning our departure, to be at or near slack water in Morehead City upon our departure and arriving in Bald Head Island at slack water if we maintained about 5 – 5.5 knots per hour.

p1030107As we left Beaufort Inlet, a couple of dolphins played off our starboard side, and we hoped this was a good omen for what we expected to be a pretty uneventful 24 hour overnight offshore passage.

p1030108Listening to the radio from the ocean we heard alot of chatter from the vessels navigating the ICW, announcements about shoaling, crab pots and other hazards in the channel, boats passing each other with a slow pass, others getting yelled at because they didn’t slow down and caused big wakes, inoperable bridges, etc.  We were very glad we made the decision to go offshore as we found it to be so much more peaceful on the big water.

p1030109As the sun set and the temperature got cooler, we closed up the enclosure and the cockpit stayed at a pretty comfortable temperature, not needing to fire up the heater.

Bob traded his deck shoes for his fuzzy slippers for the night, keeping his feet toasty warm.  We traded times on watch, and both decided to sleep in the cockpit when we were off watch to be ready for each other if anything arose that required attention.

The night was quiet, very quiet.  We would check AIS regularly to learn of any other boats that would be approaching our vicinity, and there was only one that passed us in the early afternoon.  Once the sun went down there was only one other vessel we ever saw on AIS that could have come close to us but made a turn long before and passed by a couple of miles away from us.  The radar screen was blank most of the night, which really made us both wonder if it was even working.  It was – but there was just no other vessels out tonight.

The moon was still pretty bright, as the Super Moon had been the previous night.  So, when it wasn’t behind the clouds, the moon lit up the water.  For the twelve hours of darkness we took turns watching the instruments, and peering into the dark to be sure there was nothing else out there, as the autopilot steered the boat forward to Bald Head Island.

Around 3am, with Bob asleep and Christina on watch, she looked out and saw what appeared to be funny looking waves in the dark water.  After looking hard, she realized that they weren’t waves at all but rather a pod of dolphins that were swimming along side both sides of the boat.  It was pretty magical as they stayed with us for a while, and made for great middle of the night companions.

Alot of cruisers avoid making the passage around Frying Pan Shoals and Cape Fear inlet.  The shoals come pretty far out into the ocean, but with good charts and proper planning of our course, we did not have any concerns or worries as the depth dropped from over 60 feet to just 30 as we passed over the shoals.

In bad weather we know rounding the Cape and transiting the inlet can be daunting and challenging, but the weather this morning was clear and calm.  We turned into the shipping channel approaching Cape Fear Inlet with the sun rising, 2 hours ahead of schedule.  There was a bit of traffic as working boats were starting their days, but nothing that caused any concern.

We had planned to time our arrival with slack water as the current here is pretty strong, and we have to cross the current to enter the channel into Bald Head Island Marina.  But, arriving two hours early means we have to deal with current.  Bob has been getting more and more practice with this and he glided Dreamtime across the current into the marina channel beautifully.

p1030110We arrived at the marina before they were open.  So, we pulled up to the fuel dock, tied up and planned to wait a short while.

We have heard great things about Bald Head Island Marina and the island itself where there are no cars and everyone gets around on golf carts.  Most workers don’t live here but rather commute via the hourly ferry between Southport and the island.  It is mostly a vacation/holiday destination and it is at the end of the season.  We were looking forward to renting a golf cart and exploring and re-provisioning at the local market the next day, but after looking at the weather forecasts for the next few days, we realized that if we didn’t leave tomorrow (Thursday) we probably wouldn’t want to leave until Tuesday.  The forecasts all converged and agreed that the wind would be howling as a cold front makes its way up the coast.  If we leave tomorrow, we will get ahead of the front, and we could wait out any bad weather in Charleston, South Carolina.

We plan to come back to Bald Head Island again and see the sights next time  But for now, we will plan for a midday departure tomorrow and try to find a marina in Charleston.

Finding a marina with space available ended up being more difficult than expected.  Hurricane Matthew had hit Charleston pretty hard.  Charleston City Marina  where we stayed last November has no availability until early December, Charleston Maritime Centre where we stayed in April was destroyed and is closed indefinitely, St John’s Yacht Center was severely damaged and they lost most of their transient dockage, Charleston Harbor Marina couldn’t commit one way or another and said they would give us a call back, even Cooper River Marina which was our last resort due to its location was full and couldn’t say when they might have availability again.  We’ll just go to bed tonight, wake up in the morning, check the weather again and see if anything opens up.  If not, we’ll stay here for a few days, there are definitely worse places to be stuck.   This is some of life’s uncertainty when living the life of cruisers.

Dreamtime’s Distant Cousin…

14 November, 2016 – Morehead City, NC

We are still in Morehead City, NC and waiting for good weather to go offshore.  We had planned for a Sunday departure, but all the weather models finally converged on unfavorable conditions.  The wind howled over the weekend, and last night steady rain was added to the mix .

Tomorrow is looking good for our planned 24 hour passage to Bald Head Island, NC (near Southport) so hopefully the next post will be written from there.

In the meantime, we have watched and helped a number of different boats come and go to this marina.  Today we just helped an old Bayfield 32 (Hull # 71) dock in the slip next to ours.

Bayfields were designed by Ted Gozzard before he sold his interest in 1981 and started his own company building Gozzard Yachts.



You can still see many similarities in the design particulars the Gozzard yacht still includes, such as the scroll work and clipper bow that makes the Gozzard such a distinctive boat.

It’s good to know Ted’s earlier designs have held up well and have stood the test of time.  This bodes well for Dreamtime to carry us safely into the future.


Let the waiting begin….

9 November 2016 – River Dunes – Moreheaad City, NC

Our destination for the day is Morehead City, NC which we know has especially strong current.

When we were making our reservation for the City Docks we were told by the dock master to try to plan to arrive around 3:30 during slack water because the slips are positioned perpendicular to the current making entry and exit a bit tricky when the current is running.  (In reading reviews on the internet we learned watching the boats attempt docking is entertainment for the locals.)

p1030098But first, we navigated the rest of the Neuse River which is known for being choppy and unsettled, i.e. “nasty” as our cruising friends have said.  Today was no different.

We had to beat into 15+ knot winds with gusts to over 20 as we went down the Neuse with water splashing over our bow.

We made the turn into a smaller creek and caught the current behind us.  We were flying!  With the engine running at low RPMs (less than 1800) we were moving along at over 6 miles per hour.  There is no way to easily slow down and if we continue at this pace we will be arriving in Morehead City at the current’s peak.  Oh well….

But silly us, we should have known we really didn’t have to worry too much because as we crossed an inlet the current instantly shifted and we suddenly were slowed down. Ramping up the RPMs to 2000 we were barely able to make it 5 MPH.  The joy of currents on the ICW.

Morehead City Docks are managed by a different marina where there are fuel and pumpout facilities.  We radioed ahead and with the assistance of 3 dockhands were secured to the fuel dock without incident.  After paying for the fuel, the dock master and owner of this marina suggested we stayed tied to the fuel dock for 90 minutes and wait for slack water before making our way to the City Docks.

After waiting for a while the dock master offered to take us on a town tour and drive us to the marina so we can get familiarized with the layout and check out the status of the current.  It was obvious he is quite proud of his city and told us alot about the interesting history of the area as he drove the few blocks, making us feel very welcome.

We returned to the boat, untied and made our way down the mile to the City Docks.  Theoretically there should have been no current — but obviously slack water in this area lasts less than 10 minutes as we were already being pushed down river.  Not wanting to be the source of the town’s entertainment, Bob adjusted his planned approach and did a great job angling the boat into the slip.  As we had motored, the dock master had driven back down to the marina to catch our lines as we elegantly entered the slip, disappointing the onlookers on shore who were hoping for a better show.

Our next planned leg is to go off shore for a 24 hour passage to Bald Head island / Southport, NC.

Looking at the various weather forecasts it appears none of the models agree with each other, but Friday definitely doesn’t look good, and Saturday is forecast for big winds and big waves in the ocean.  Possibly Sunday will be a good day to aim for.  We will plan to enjoy the Morehead City hospitality and good restaurants for at least 3 or 4 days.

We are taking these days to watch other boats getting caught by the current and struggling to enter and exit their slips and are learning from their efforts some of what not to do when the time comes for us to depart.

Update:  All those divergent forecasts have started to converge and it doesn’t look good.  As we sit in Morehead City, listening to the cold wind howl on Saturday, we are seeing that although Sunday doesn’t look bad itself, Monday morning is looking pretty rough when we would be rounding Cape Fear with high winds, thunderstorms, etc. …. soooooo we might be here another couple of days and not leave until Tuesday.  Stay tuned.

A Minty Fresh Sail…

8 November 2016 – River Dunes / Grace Harbor, NC

p1030097A stitch in time saves nine — we never really considered what this phrase meant until we found ourselves having to sew virtually the entire hem of the foot of the staysail.  We had plenty of time to contemplate these words of wisdom.  If we had caught the loose thread earlier, or probably if we hadn’t unrolled the staysail a second time yesterday the repair area would have most likely been smaller.

But, as we unrolled the staysail today to survey the damage, we realized there was a lot more stitching coming undone.

Borrowing the marina’s courtesy car we planned to go to West Marine to get supplies (strong waxed thread for the sail, sturdy needles and sail repair tape) – unfortunately West Marine doesn’t open until 10am and we had to get the car back to the marina for the next reservation.  Next stop was the hardware store who suggested the sail loft (a business specializing in making and repairing sails).  There we explained what we needed and why.  The guy recommended using dental floss for thread.  What?!?!  Are you serious?

Apparently dental floss is already waxed (making it easier to go through the sail fabric), is strong and the container has its own cutting edge so easy to manage and store.  Flavor doesn’t matter.

He sold us a strip of sail repair tape for a few dollars and sent us on our way to Dollar General to purchase the dental floss.  All they had was mint flavored so now the next time Bob has to go forward to cut a loose thread with his teeth, he will have minty fresh breath.

We returned to the boat pulled out our regular sewing needles, threaded them with dental floss and began the job of sewing.  It was slow going, and it became obvious that a stronger needle would make the job easier.  Christina was able to borrow the courtesy car again for a quick run to West Marine before the next car reservation was scheduled and picked up a pack of needles designed for sails and boats.

p1030096The new needles made the work a bit easier as we proceeded to sew and sew and sew.  It took over 4 hours, and provided plenty of time for random thoughts, remembering our respective mothers who taught us the basics of sewing in our youth, and how Christina took her first sailing lessons and first sewing lessons during the summer of 1973.  Who would have thought at the time that she would need both skills at the same time over 40 years later!

We were thankful we were in a marina because this job would have been a lot more unpleasant if we had to make the repairs while underway.

When we were done our fingers were sore and covered with bandaids from where we had stabbed ourselves with the sharp needles.  (Bob even had difficulty opening his beer because his fingers were so sore!)  We were happy that the foot has been repaired and hopefully the sail is fit to fly again.

We had noticed a few other tears in the sail fabric, and will be patching those with sail repair tape in the near future.

We think it might be time for a new staysail…..this might just be our Christmas present to ourselves this year.

We decided to reward our work with a long soak in the marina hot tub followed by a decadent steam shower.

Tomorrow we head south to Morehead City, NC hoping to be able to unfurl and sail our newly repaired staysail.

A Sail Decides….

7 November 2016 – Dowry Creek to River Dunes/Grace Harbor, NC

   p1030089We woke to another beautiful sunrise.

p1030090Our exit from the slip was definitely not pretty, with the wind pushing us around a bit we played bumper cars with a few different pilings.  But we did get out and did no damage.

It was a cold clear day with a brisk 10 – 15 knot wind blowing on the beam or from astern and some choppy water.

We were headed to River Dunes Marina in Grace Harbor but weren’t sure if we wanted to stay for one or two nights — we would ponder and make the decision as we travel.

p1030091We rolled out the staysail for some motorsailing.  After a jibe, (when the sail swings to the other side of the boat) we notice the sail looking a bit funny.  From the cockpit it takes a while to notice a thread is attached to the starboard pulpit stanchion running to the sail now on the port side of the boat.

Bob moved forward to investigate and found the thread to have gotten caught on a cotter ring on the life line where it attaches to the stanchion and endeavored to free it.  Without his knife in hand, Bob had to cut the thread from both ends with his teeth to free it.

Just like with a loose thread on a piece of clothing, when this thread got caught and pulled, it unraveled part of the hem of the foot of the sail.

p1030095Looks like we will have a sewing project in our future.  Guess the staysail made the decision for us – we will stay two nights at River Dunes – nice that we have BOGO coupon.

The choppy water made for a bouncy rolly afternoon as we turned toward the creek to the marina.  But we arrived safe and sound and planned our repairs for the next day.

Deer Crossing….again

6 November 2016  – Alligator River Marina – Dowry Creek Marina, Belhaven, NC

p1030073We were up and on our way early today as the time change brings sunrise an hour earlier.

The wide Alligator river was calm this morning as made our way down.

p1030076We then made the turn in to the more narrow Alligator Pungo Canal connecting the two rivers.

p1030078Many folks have asked us if we have seen many new hazards due to last month’s hurricane (Matthew).  On the radio today we heard about multiple sightings of non-moving pilings or logs in the channel further down the way.  The navigation app we use also reported a new large pole sticking out of the water inside the channel.  We kept our eyes open and sure enough there it was off to the side, but still in the channel, and a definite hazard for the unwary.
p1030083-croppedIt was during this portion of the trip last year that we had seen a deer swimming across the canal.  Amazingly again today at about the exact same spot a young deer swam across from one shore to the other in front of us.  Once it got to the other side it shook its coat dry, much like a dog does, and proceeded to prance up and down the shore apparently having fun.  (A half hour later boats behind us talked about seeing a stag do the same — now that would have been a sight.)

p1030086It was a quiet and peaceful day on the water.

p1030088We always seem to get the same slip at Dowry Creek Marina, always seem to arrive when the wind picks up, but with excellent dockhands assisting, we were safely tied in our slip without incident and enjoyed the peaceful sunset.


It could have been worse….

5 November 2016 – Coinjock

p1030069We woke up to a very calm morning, and actually left the dock 2 hours before our scheduled departure to take advantage of the calm.

Meandering down the North River we enjoyed a quiet morning as the winds began to pick up.

After leaving the river and entering the sound we unfurled the staysail (the middle foresail) to motorsail and pick up a half knot of speed with the wind from our stern.

p1030070One of the reasons we really didn’t want to travel yesterday with the wind was because we were going to be crossing the Albermarle Sound which is a big, wide, long but shallow sound usually around 15 feet of depth.  Big wind can create big uncomfortably choppy waves in this sound.
Today the wind grew and became a following wind of 10 – 15 mph with occasional gusts of 20 mph.  This did indeed cause the water to be choppy and sloppy, creating alot of rolling and pitching motion on the boat.

It was a clear and sunny day and to be honest we really didn’t have much to complain about.