I went on a great weekend trip on the NC coast. It was organized through a local web site (http://www.ncsail.org/
) that is a loose collection of sailors (no official memberships or anything). It is the "Pirate sail" and a few folks went all out with the theme:
You have to ignore the camera dates. The guy who took them (skipper on the boat I crewed on) didn't have it set right.
There were around 25 or 30 boats and probably upwards of 50 people. I didn't feel like my boat was properly outfitted and that I was quite experienced enough to take it, so I crewed for a friend on his QuickStep 21.
We sailed out to Lookout on the front side on Saturday running in fairly light winds. Saturday afternoon we messed around on the island; the weather was warm and the beach was quite nice for October. Saturday night we had a big dinner and campfire on the beach. It was a pot luck with way too much food and drink, but we all survived it.
Not everyone is there yet in that photo. I am, but I am not telling Alex which one is me.
Saturday night we were at anchor inside the "hook" of the island. A bunch of the boats rafted up as Party Central:
We anchored a little away from that and managed to get some actual sleep. Woke to a fabulous sunrise:
and some outstanding sailing on the way back to Beaufort. A few people have posted to the local site that they considered it their best day ever. A nice reach at near hull speeds for 7 miles, getting back in half the time it took to get out there.
Just outstanding! I met some great folks and learned a lot. Next year I will likely skipper.