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We've enjoyed the hospitality of the Beaufort NC area for the past 8 or 9 days, including meeting another great cruising family that we've hung out with every day, but it's time to move on. Tomorrow we'll be heading to Charleston - out the Beaufort Inlet, around Frying Pan Shoals and back into Charleston. We're leaving at 7am, and if we average 5 knots we'll be at Charleston at around 1:30am on Thursday (New Year's Day) morning. If we do 6kts, we'll be in at 8:30pm, and if we go 7kts (yeah right) we'll be in on Thursday afternoon. The wind will be fresh (15-20 most of the way, with some 25-30 here and there) but the waves should be OK, 2-4ft and 3-5ft most of the way, with a smattering of 4-6ft thrown in. It's not the optimal window (windwise), but I think it's the best we can ask for this time of year.
 

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Fair winds and following seas... watch out for the idiot powerboaters... :)
 

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Labatt fair winds for the journey. Watch it out around Frying Pan Shoals as they can be quite ugly.

If you need an alternative, the trip in through the Masonboro Inlet , down the ICW for about 25 NM and back out the Cape Fear and on south isn't bad. Be sure to study your chart of the inlet as there are partially submerged jettys but it is an easy route.

Best of luck on your trip. Enjoy Charleston.

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I agree with your analysis on the weather Labatt. Should be doable but it bears close watching as Thursday approaches. Nothing wrong with bailing out in Winyah Bay if it starts to get too cold and boisterous. Good safe entrance that is well marked and may get you inside in daylight.
Safe waypoint 1 mile due east of entrance buoy R4 is 33d11.590m N by 79d 6.1m W

Will you be able to get e-mail/web weather or will you have to rely on NWS via VHF?

Fair winds and safe travels Chris.
 

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Word to the wise on Winyh Bay, if needed to bailout. If tide is going out, it can be a rough ride.
 

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Well, we have cellular internet, but I don't know how far off that will work. I don't have a pactor yet, but I may look at buying one for our SSB at some time soon, depending on how many passages we do. We'll be using the VHF for weather if the cellular doesn't work. With regards to Masonboro, it will be dark by the time we get there and it doesn't look like a great inlet to enter at night. I only see one flashing outside and one inside, but I guess in a worst case scenario... By the way, I'm trying to set up our SPOT follow me page... just check out our blog later for the link - s/v Pelican - Following A Dream - if it works. I have yet to get it to work :)
 

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Morning,

Looks like you're off on a great leg south. Your SPOT is working well. Thx for sharing the link.

Agreed, Masonboro Inlet can be tricky at night, we usually depart Beaufort well before daylight to be sure and arrive before dark. Looks like a real pretty day for a sail today.

Have a safe trip to Charleston.

Regards, John
 

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Fair Winds and Following Seas. I have a niece, a brother-in-law and a brother scattered between Myrtle Beach and Sullivan's Island, so I wish we were sailing alongside you. If you go inside at Winyah and go ICW down from there, you'll pass my brothers house at McCllellanville right on the waterway across from Five Fathom Creek and just north of Jeremy Creek.

Be sure to have some Shrimp and Grits while in the area. Some places are better than others, but Shrimp and Grits are to the SC lowcounty as blue crabs are to the Chesapeake. Definitely something not to be missed.
 

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Looks like a nice evening sail so far.

The buoy at Frying Pan Shoals is reporting -

<table bgcolor="#f0f8fe" border="0" cellpadding="2" cellspacing="0"><caption class="titleDataHeader">Conditions at 41013 as of
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2250 GMT on 12/30/2008:</caption> <tbody><tr><td colspan="3" bgcolor="#ffffff"> <form name="uom_m" action="/station_page.php" method="get"> <input name="station" size="5" value="41013" type="hidden"> Unit of Measure: <label for="unit"><select name="unit" id="unit" size="1"> <option value="E" selected="selected"> English</option> <option value="M"> Metric</option> </select></label> Time Zone: <label for="tz"><select name="tz" id="tz" size="1"> <option value="STN" selected="selected">Station Local Time</option> <option value="GMT">Greenwich Mean Time [GMT]</option> <option value="BST">British Summer Time [GMT+1]</option> <option value="EGT">Eastern Greenland [GMT-1]</option> <option value="AT">Azores [GMT-2]</option> <option value="WGT">Western Greenland [GMT-3]</option> <option value="AST">Atlantic Standard [GMT-4]</option> <option value="EST">US/Eastern Standard</option> <option value="CST">US/Central Standard</option> <option value="MST">US/Mountain Standard</option> <option value="PST">US/Pacific Standard</option> <option value="AKST">Alaska Standard [GMT-9]</option> <option value="HAST">Hawaii-Aleutian Standard [GMT-10]</option> <option value="SST">Samoa Standard [GMT-11]</option> <option value="IDLW">International Date Line West [GMT-12]</option> <option value="WET">Western European [GMT+0]</option> <option value="CET">Central European [GMT+1]</option> <option value="EET">Eastern European [GMT+2]</option> <option value="MSK">Moscow [GMT+3]</option> <option value="ZP4">USSR Zone 3 [GMT+4]</option> <option value="ZP5">USSR Zone 4 [GMT+5]</option> <option value="ZP6">USSR Zone 5 [GMT+6]</option> <option value="ZP7">USSR Zone 6 [GMT+7]</option> <option value="CCT">China Coast [GMT+8]</option> <option value="JST">Japan Standard [GMT+9]</option> <option value="GST">Guam Standard [GMT+10]</option> <option value="ZP11">GMT+11</option> <option value="IDLE">International Date Line East [GMT+12]</option> </select></label> <input value=" Select " type="submit"></form> Click on the graph icon in the table below to see a time series plot of the last five days of that observation.
</td></tr><tr><td></td><td>Wind Speed (WSPD):</td><td> 5.8 kts</td></tr> <tr><td></td><td>Wind Gust (GST):</td><td> 7.8 kts</td></tr> <tr><td></td><td>Wave Height (WVHT):</td><td> 2.0 ft</td></tr> <tr><td></td><td>Dominant Wave Period (DPD):</td><td> 9 sec</td></tr> <tr><td></td><td>Average Period (APD):</td><td> 5.5 sec</td></tr> <tr><td></td><td>Mean Wave Direction (MWD):</td><td>SSE ( 153 deg true )</td></tr> <tr><td></td><td>Atmospheric Pressure (PRES):</td><td>30.04 in</td></tr> <tr><td></td><td>Air Temperature (ATMP):</td><td> 62.2 °F</td></tr> <tr><td></td><td>Water Temperature (WTMP):</td><td> 65.3 °F</td></tr> <tr><td></td><td colspan="2">Combined plot of Wind Speed, Gust, and Air Pressure</td></tr></tbody></table> <table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="10"><tbody><tr valign="top"><td>
</td> <td width="40"> </td></tr></tbody></table>Approximate speed over the bottom looks like 5.5 knots or so looking at his position plots and time.

We use a SPOT but this is the first time I have watched someone else's progress with one. I hope they are having a ball out there.

Regards, John
 

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Go Labatt... the wind is a bit light for his boat...but nevertheless... beats sitting here watching the snow storm approach. :)
 

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Nice bit of breeze working up -

<table bgcolor="#f0f8fe" border="0" cellpadding="2" cellspacing="0"><caption class="titleDataHeader">Conditions at 41013 as of
(7:50 pm EST on 12/30/2008)
0050 GMT on 12/31/2008:</caption> <tbody><tr><td colspan="3" bgcolor="#ffffff"> <form name="uom_m" action="/station_page.php" method="get"> <input name="station" size="5" value="41013" type="hidden"> Unit of Measure: <label for="unit"><select name="unit" id="unit" size="1"> <option value="E" selected="selected"> English</option> <option value="M"> Metric</option> </select></label> Time Zone: <label for="tz"><select name="tz" id="tz" size="1"> <option value="STN" selected="selected">Station Local Time</option> <option value="GMT">Greenwich Mean Time [GMT]</option> <option value="BST">British Summer Time [GMT+1]</option> <option value="EGT">Eastern Greenland [GMT-1]</option> <option value="AT">Azores [GMT-2]</option> <option value="WGT">Western Greenland [GMT-3]</option> <option value="AST">Atlantic Standard [GMT-4]</option> <option value="EST">US/Eastern Standard</option> <option value="CST">US/Central Standard</option> <option value="MST">US/Mountain Standard</option> <option value="PST">US/Pacific Standard</option> <option value="AKST">Alaska Standard [GMT-9]</option> <option value="HAST">Hawaii-Aleutian Standard [GMT-10]</option> <option value="SST">Samoa Standard [GMT-11]</option> <option value="IDLW">International Date Line West [GMT-12]</option> <option value="WET">Western European [GMT+0]</option> <option value="CET">Central European [GMT+1]</option> <option value="EET">Eastern European [GMT+2]</option> <option value="MSK">Moscow [GMT+3]</option> <option value="ZP4">USSR Zone 3 [GMT+4]</option> <option value="ZP5">USSR Zone 4 [GMT+5]</option> <option value="ZP6">USSR Zone 5 [GMT+6]</option> <option value="ZP7">USSR Zone 6 [GMT+7]</option> <option value="CCT">China Coast [GMT+8]</option> <option value="JST">Japan Standard [GMT+9]</option> <option value="GST">Guam Standard [GMT+10]</option> <option value="ZP11">GMT+11</option> <option value="IDLE">International Date Line East [GMT+12]</option> </select></label> <input value=" Select " type="submit"></form> Click on the graph icon in the table below to see a time series plot of the last five days of that observation.
</td></tr><tr><td></td><td>Wind Speed (WSPD):</td><td> 11.7 kts</td></tr> <tr><td></td><td>Wind Gust (GST):</td><td> 13.6 kts</td></tr> <tr><td></td><td>Wave Height (WVHT):</td><td> 1.6 ft</td></tr> <tr><td></td><td>Dominant Wave Period (DPD):</td><td> 10 sec</td></tr> <tr><td></td><td>Average Period (APD):</td><td> 5.1 sec</td></tr> <tr><td></td><td>Mean Wave Direction (MWD):</td><td>ESE ( 119 deg true )</td></tr> <tr><td></td><td>Atmospheric Pressure (PRES):</td><td>30.04 in</td></tr> <tr><td></td><td>Pressure Tendency (PTDY):</td><td>+0.00 in ( Steady )</td></tr> <tr><td></td><td>Air Temperature (ATMP):</td><td> 63.7 °F</td></tr> <tr><td></td><td>Water Temperature (WTMP):</td><td> 64.9 °F</td></tr> <tr><td></td><td colspan="2">Combined plot of Wind Speed, Gust, and Air Pressure</td></tr></tbody></table>
Sure beats shoveling snow :D
 

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Pelican should like the breeze now SD.

Current Frying Pan Shoals report -

<table bgcolor="#f0f8fe" border="0" cellpadding="2" cellspacing="0"><caption class="titleDataHeader">Conditions at 41013 as of
(8:50 pm EST on 12/30/2008)
0150 GMT on 12/31/2008:</caption> <tbody><tr><td colspan="3" bgcolor="#ffffff"> <form name="uom_m" action="/station_page.php" method="get"> <input name="station" size="5" value="41013" type="hidden"> Unit of Measure: <label for="unit"><select name="unit" id="unit" size="1"> <option value="E" selected="selected"> English</option> <option value="M"> Metric</option> </select></label> Time Zone: <label for="tz"><select name="tz" id="tz" size="1"> <option value="STN" selected="selected">Station Local Time</option> <option value="GMT">Greenwich Mean Time [GMT]</option> <option value="BST">British Summer Time [GMT+1]</option> <option value="EGT">Eastern Greenland [GMT-1]</option> <option value="AT">Azores [GMT-2]</option> <option value="WGT">Western Greenland [GMT-3]</option> <option value="AST">Atlantic Standard [GMT-4]</option> <option value="EST">US/Eastern Standard</option> <option value="CST">US/Central Standard</option> <option value="MST">US/Mountain Standard</option> <option value="PST">US/Pacific Standard</option> <option value="AKST">Alaska Standard [GMT-9]</option> <option value="HAST">Hawaii-Aleutian Standard [GMT-10]</option> <option value="SST">Samoa Standard [GMT-11]</option> <option value="IDLW">International Date Line West [GMT-12]</option> <option value="WET">Western European [GMT+0]</option> <option value="CET">Central European [GMT+1]</option> <option value="EET">Eastern European [GMT+2]</option> <option value="MSK">Moscow [GMT+3]</option> <option value="ZP4">USSR Zone 3 [GMT+4]</option> <option value="ZP5">USSR Zone 4 [GMT+5]</option> <option value="ZP6">USSR Zone 5 [GMT+6]</option> <option value="ZP7">USSR Zone 6 [GMT+7]</option> <option value="CCT">China Coast [GMT+8]</option> <option value="JST">Japan Standard [GMT+9]</option> <option value="GST">Guam Standard [GMT+10]</option> <option value="ZP11">GMT+11</option> <option value="IDLE">International Date Line East [GMT+12]</option> </select></label> <input value=" Select " type="submit"></form> Click on the graph icon in the table below to see a time series plot of the last five days of that observation.
</td></tr><tr><td></td><td>Wind Speed (WSPD):</td><td> 13.6 kts</td></tr> <tr><td></td><td>Wind Gust (GST):</td><td> 15.5 kts</td></tr> <tr><td></td><td>Wave Height (WVHT):</td><td> 2.0 ft</td></tr> <tr><td></td><td>Dominant Wave Period (DPD):</td><td> 10 sec</td></tr> <tr><td></td><td>Average Period (APD):</td><td> 4.4 sec</td></tr> <tr><td></td><td>Mean Wave Direction (MWD):</td><td> SE ( 140 deg true )</td></tr> <tr><td></td><td>Atmospheric Pressure (PRES):</td><td>30.02 in</td></tr> <tr><td></td><td>Pressure Tendency (PTDY):</td><td>-0.02 in ( Falling )</td></tr> <tr><td></td><td>Air Temperature (ATMP):</td><td> 64.8 °F</td></tr> <tr><td></td><td>Water Temperature (WTMP):</td><td> 65.1 °F</td></tr> <tr><td></td><td colspan="2">Combined plot of Wind Speed, Gust, and Air Pressure</td></tr></tbody></table>
That's the last one from me tonight. It's been useful to show the bride how to tie the Spot data together with buoy , WX radar and other available info to monitor our progress. Gives her a bit more piece of mind she says.

Good Night,

John
 

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He is gonna get crunched a bit soon...small craft warnings are up and he will have 25-30 on his nose tomorrow with building seas. I would be turning towards Georgetown at this point despite the current conditions. Storm warnings just a bit north of him off of NC so it is gonna be close to really bad conditions. I hope he is checking the weather as it is moving in faster than it was predicted to and the warning were not up this AM. Nothing the boat can't handle...but still more than they are used to.
Turning up and in to Southport (Bald Head Island) is also a option to avoid it completely from where he is now.
I just sent him an e-mail but don't know if he can receive out where he is.


TONIGHT
VARIABLE WINDS 10 KT OR LESS BECOMING SW AND
INCREASING TO 20 TO 30 KT...HIGHEST NW. SEAS 4 TO 7 FT...HIGHEST
E.

WED
SW WINDS 20 TO 30 KT BECOMING NW TO N LATE. SEAS 5 TO 8
FT.
..EXCEPT E OF 1000 FM BUILDING TO 8 TO 12 FT...HIGHEST NE.

WED NIGHT
N WINDS 25 TO 30 KT BECOMING NE. SEAS BUILDING TO 6
TO 10 FT
...EXCEPT E OF 1000 FM 10 TO 13 FT...HIGHEST E.
 

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I have been watching the wx progress as well Cam. He's about 16 nm SE of Bald Head about now so he may have a cell signal but you never know.

<table bgcolor="#f0f8fe" border="0" cellpadding="2" cellspacing="0"><caption class="titleDataHeader">Conditions at 41013 as of
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0250 GMT on 12/31/2008:</caption> <tbody><tr><td colspan="3" bgcolor="#ffffff"> <form name="uom_m" action="/station_page.php" method="get"> <input name="station" size="5" value="41013" type="hidden"> Unit of Measure: <label for="unit"><select name="unit" id="unit" size="1"> <option value="E" selected="selected"> English</option> <option value="M"> Metric</option> </select></label> Time Zone: <label for="tz"><select name="tz" id="tz" size="1"> <option value="STN" selected="selected">Station Local Time</option> <option value="GMT">Greenwich Mean Time [GMT]</option> <option value="BST">British Summer Time [GMT+1]</option> <option value="EGT">Eastern Greenland [GMT-1]</option> <option value="AT">Azores [GMT-2]</option> <option value="WGT">Western Greenland [GMT-3]</option> <option value="AST">Atlantic Standard [GMT-4]</option> <option value="EST">US/Eastern Standard</option> <option value="CST">US/Central Standard</option> <option value="MST">US/Mountain Standard</option> <option value="PST">US/Pacific Standard</option> <option value="AKST">Alaska Standard [GMT-9]</option> <option value="HAST">Hawaii-Aleutian Standard [GMT-10]</option> <option value="SST">Samoa Standard [GMT-11]</option> <option value="IDLW">International Date Line West [GMT-12]</option> <option value="WET">Western European [GMT+0]</option> <option value="CET">Central European [GMT+1]</option> <option value="EET">Eastern European [GMT+2]</option> <option value="MSK">Moscow [GMT+3]</option> <option value="ZP4">USSR Zone 3 [GMT+4]</option> <option value="ZP5">USSR Zone 4 [GMT+5]</option> <option value="ZP6">USSR Zone 5 [GMT+6]</option> <option value="ZP7">USSR Zone 6 [GMT+7]</option> <option value="CCT">China Coast [GMT+8]</option> <option value="JST">Japan Standard [GMT+9]</option> <option value="GST">Guam Standard [GMT+10]</option> <option value="ZP11">GMT+11</option> <option value="IDLE">International Date Line East [GMT+12]</option> </select></label> <input value=" Select " type="submit"></form> Click on the graph icon in the table below to see a time series plot of the last five days of that observation.
</td></tr><tr><td></td><td>Wind Speed (WSPD):</td><td> 15.5 kts</td></tr> <tr><td></td><td>Wind Gust (GST):</td><td> 17.5 kts</td></tr> <tr><td></td><td>Wave Height (WVHT):</td><td> 2.3 ft</td></tr> <tr><td></td><td>Dominant Wave Period (DPD):</td><td> 10 sec</td></tr> <tr><td></td><td>Average Period (APD):</td><td> 3.8 sec</td></tr> <tr><td></td><td>Mean Wave Direction (MWD):</td><td> SE ( 133 deg true )</td></tr> <tr><td></td><td>Atmospheric Pressure (PRES):</td><td>30.00 in</td></tr> <tr><td></td><td>Pressure Tendency (PTDY):</td><td>-0.04 in ( Falling )</td></tr> <tr><td></td><td>Air Temperature (ATMP):</td><td> 65.7 °F</td></tr> <tr><td></td><td>Water Temperature (WTMP):</td><td> 65.3 °F</td></tr> <tr><td></td><td colspan="2">Combined plot of Wind Speed, Gust, and Air Pressure</td></tr></tbody></table>

We did a similar trip this same time last year and ran day and night for 4 1/2 days just staying ahead of one front after another pushing behind us. We somehow managed to stay 50 - 75 miles ahead of them each day but we were finally caught down in Melbourne, FL on New Years Eve.

Regards, John
 

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Check out dockage at the Charleston Maritime Center. We docked there while I helped build the "Spirit of South Carolina". It is a friendly, affordable portal to the heart of the city. Five minute walk to groceries & pubs.
 

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He has now made a big turn...could be pointing at Little River inlet or turning further and running into Southport or maybe just taking a long tack in towards shore now that the winds are out of the southwest. Wind now gusting to 30 and steady at 20.

Latest forecast has it building and gale warning is up from Cape Fear North...thankfully he is past that.

OVERNIGHT
VARIABLE WINDS 5 TO 10 KT BECOMING SW AND
INCREASING TO 15 TO 25 KT...HIGHEST NW. SEAS 4 TO 7 FT.

WED
SW WINDS 20 TO 30 KT BECOMING N TO NW LATE. SEAS 5 TO 8
FT...EXCEPT E OF 1000 FM BUILDING TO 8 TO 12 FT...HIGHEST NE.

WED NIGHT
N WINDS 25 TO 30 KT BECOMING NE. SEAS BUILDING TO 6
TO 10 FT.
..EXCEPT E OF 1000 FM 10 TO 13 FT...HIGHEST E.

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Little River was in good shape when I went out it this past spring.
 
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