Monthly Archives: October 2014

To Oriental

Nice warm bright day. Not a lot of wind, but that’s OK. Kinda day where you just set the autohelm and go about your business — which today was polishing chrome and cleaning and waxing the topsides. Got a lot … Continue reading

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Alligator River and the other canal

Left Elizabeth City around 8 a.m. for a long leg south with bright skies and a fresh breeze to the beam. Pasquotank River is nice and wide, but crab pots everywhere made it challenging to navigate. Wind picked up crossing … Continue reading

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Elizabeth City

Known as the harbor of hospitality, everyone we met here is friendly and charming. Not much to do, but we decided to hang out for a few days while rain, wind and cold pass.

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The Great Dismal Swamp Canal

Beautiful bright day the transit this lovely waterway. Got in the lock for the first opening at 8:30 a.m. with several other boats. Lock tender was a fun guy who was helpful with our lines. As we were waiting for … Continue reading

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Norfolk and MM 1

Always a treat to sail down the Elizabeth River passing the huge Navy ships and then seeing the other shipyards, passing Nauticus, Waterside and Portsmouth. It’s nice to know when you’re finally headed south by passing ICW Mile Maker #1. Only … Continue reading

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Day two – flying down the bay

Pulled up anchor at Cove Pt. at 6:30 a.m. in the dark. Wind howling and seas building. Anchor chain got wrapped around rope that was secure to the bottom. Had to cut it with a knife. Got out to mid-bay … Continue reading

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We’re off . . .

Shoved off at 11 a.m. and roared down the bay with strong winds and rolling waves behind us. Wind was 18 to 25K, gusting to 32K. Boat was flying at 7.5 to 8.4K. Thinking of anchoring in Solomons, but opted … Continue reading

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