I have to agree with Stede. I''ve sailed the NC coastline and the sounds and find it to be a wonderful sailing area. Not only is it beautiful but the lack of development is one of it''s greatest features. Every "native" I talked to was open and honest and just plain good people. I had a blast in Pamlico Sound and the Outer Banks not to mention a "sporty" ride from Norfolk to Oregon Inlet, which can be quite exciting in certain conditions! I hope to return soon and like Stede I hope the water quality issues will be addressed and we can all continue to enjoy NC.