Beaufort Inlet to Wrightsville Beach . . . first solo offshore

Hoisted anchor at 6 a.m. in the dark. Surprised on how warm it was considering the time of year and the recent cold nights.

Easy job exiting Beaufort Inlet, hoisting sails and setting a direct course to Masonboro Inlet 65 miles to the south. Good weather didn’t last long. At about 10 a.m. light rain began to fall and along with it, the temperature. Still, it was a nice easy motor sail until  . . . “Securite, securite, all stations, this is warship 99 . . .”

First solo offshore sail, off Beaufort, N.C.

First solo offshore sail, off Beaufort, N.C.

The VHF broadcast was to alert mariners that the marines at Camp Lejune were practicing bombing exercises and the coordinates given were exactly where I was headed. I changed course to head out to sea, called the warship, gave them my position and heading, and they said it was fine. An hour later the warning was repeated, and it was slightly different coordinates. Seems the radio guy inverted a couple of digits in the longitude, and checking my charts, I again was headed directly in the path of the area they were planning to lob bombs. Once again, I shifted course and just hoped they saw Delta Blues on radar. Disconcerting to say the least.

Wrightsville Beach channel

Wrightsville Beach channel

Wrightsville Beach

Wrightsville Beach

Arrived at Wrightsville Beach at 4:30 p.m. Big tidal range here (5 ft.) and swift currents, but hopefully the anchor will hold through the night. Beautiful sunset and nice big moon rising.

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One Response to Beaufort Inlet to Wrightsville Beach . . . first solo offshore

  1. Anne and John Martin says:

    Just finished reading your blog; it brought back so many good memories. Just sorry Julia can’t be with you right now…hope she’ll be able to join you soon. Sending hugs.

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