02 May 2012 | Coinjock, NC
We covered 83 miles today from Oriental to Coinjock. We motored all day through mostly undeveloped Cyprus swamps and marshes along miles of manmade canals connecting wide flat shallow rivers with a trench cut down the middle for the ICW. Over the last two days we also crossed the Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds, both of which have reputations for being absolutely awful in bad weather. Fortunately we had pretty nice conditions, and except for moderate swells on both sounds that had the boat rolling a little, we had no problems. This afternoon as we got into the Alligator River and the Albemarle Sound we were able to motor-sail with all sails up. The sails help to reduce the rolling, and today with 10 to 15 mph winds on our beam (90 degrees from the front of the boat) the sails boosted our speed by about 1 mile per hour. Tomorrow we will travel up the canal and rivers from Coinjock to the Lock at Great Bridge Virginia. The lock lowers us down from the canal into the Elizabeth River that flows through Norfolk and into the Chesapeake Bay. We hope to dock at the Willoughby Bay Marina in Norfolk.