I'll be spending May cruising around North Carolina. Headed out this morning for a little place called Turnagin Bay, then tomorrow, up to Bath. From there, I'll go over to the Bay River, and back in as far as I can go. Then it's back to Oriental to meet up with Joel and Jaymie for the weekend.
Haven't decided yet whether to head to the Outer Banks next week, or up to Edenton, and on up the Chowan River. Decisions, decisions ;)
Mostly, it will be short trips, and hopefully, under sail. Lots of little places I didn't go to last year to look into. Then, after the holiday, it's off to Annapolis.
Ah yes, sailing the North Carolina coast. Some of my most memorial sailing has to include sailing a Tasar off Sunset Beach amongst a school of dolphins that were so close you could reach out and touch 'em. On a different occasion, it was sailing with a friend on Lasers in 15' plus waves off Wrightsville.
There was a hurricane offshore, several hundred miles to the east, and the rollers were so big that when my friend crested a wave and surfed into the trough, his mast would practically disappear from sight. Spooky for sure, but one hell of a ride. That was years ago, in my youth.
All the best on your Annapolis leg, and happy exploration of the NC coast.
Didn't take long for that plan to change. After threading the needle to get in to Turnagin Bay, I turned again, and went back out. Much better looking on the chart than for real. No protection from the forecast winds, so I'm off to the Bay River instead. Might as well take a look at that Point Vandemere that keeps advertising slips for sale.
"Some of my most memorial sailing has to include sailing a Tasar off Sunset Beach"
You had a Tasar too? Cool boat but not much of a fleet in Eastern North America unfortunately.
Well, I'm back in Bay River. More protection back here, plus I get an iffy internet connection ;). Probably run up to Bath tomorrow, then, if the wind co-operates, I'll sail down the Pamlico, into Pamlico Sound, then to the Nuese. If I have time, I'll peek in at Broad Creek, though it looks a bit narrow to anchor in, since there's boats going in and out. Either way, I imagine I'll go over to South River till Friday.
Oh, and that 35 lb Delta I picked up for $250 works real nice. :)
Currently at 35 09 58 N 76 40 22 W
Johnrb, Tasar # 139, one of the original kevlar boats, in fact, THE original brochure boat. We had a fleet of maybe 15 or so sailing in and around Greensboro. Great fast ride, loved that boat
PBzeer .. are you going upstream as far as Raccoon Island?
Rick: Not 100% sure but I think we were #1586 sailing in Toronto. I guarantee the water was warmer in your venue than Lake Ontario.
For those who have wondered why I singlehand, this seems like the easiest way to answer. ;)
As the waking sun climbs the horizon,
The inky shroud of darkness slowly lightens.
First to gray, and then the yellow and red streaks of dawn,
Against the deepening blue of a new day.
Terns swoop and swirl, on the whisper of a breeze,
Their raucous cries, a morning melody,
Above the gently rippled water that's laps upon the hull,
Like a lazy, but comforting caress.
A new day, a new journey,
And who can know, what lies ahead?
Burdened not, with the expectations of those,
Who came before, or who will follow after.
For there is a promise, that lies 'awaiting,
When we look through our own eyes,
Simply for what they see,
And not what has been seen before.
It's off to Bath this morning. An easy run back out the Bay River to the Hobucken Cut and on to the Pamlico River.
I dropped the hook yesterday, in a little cove just shy of Harpers Point that gave me a restful evening's sleep. And then this morning, a slowing unfolding sunrise, spectacular in it's peacefulness. It's hard to imagine starting the day any other way.
I lived for 1/2 a year in Oriental back in 1991. Had a power boat and visited Morehead City frequently. Made a trip to Okracoke once across the sound. That's a lot of water.
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