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We are presently cruising the Chesapeake Bay. Around the end of October we'll head South for the Florida Keys and Gulf shore.
Wrightsville Beach, NC ICW MM 283.2
04/23/2013, 34 12.46'N / 77 47.90'W

In spite of the winds, we continue to head North & East. If you've been following the position up dates you can really see our movement Northeast. Today we had to slam up the Cape Fear River for a couple of hours before we returned to the more sheltered section of the ICW. We had to wipe off all the salt spray just so we could see through the dodger. As planned, it was another short day, and with an occasional shove from the tidal currents we were anchored in Wrightsville by 12:00. We plan to stay a couple of days to provision and walk the lovely beach. As an added incentive, the sun finally popped back out after several windy, cloudy days. It's off to shop till we drop and beach combing tomorrow.
Fair winds & Smooth sailing,
Elaine & Lawrence S/ V Elle & I

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Easy day to Southport, NC
Lawrence/ Windy/ Grey/ 65 degrees
04/22/2013, ICW MM 309 33 55.05'N / 78 1.45'W

We chose the easy day today, and stopped in Southport. It is chilly again today, so we started late and finished early. As a result, our day traveling to Wrightsville Beach tomorrow will be easy as well. The wind has been out of the East and Northeast for the last several days and has kept the weather cool. We're looking forward to a little warm up and a day or two of rest and provisioning in Wrightsville. We took a shot of Fishy Fishy Cafe. I think the cafe gives you a feel for the whole town.
Fair winds & Smooth sailing,
Elaine & Lawrence S/ V Elle & I

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04/22/2013 | Kevin & Debbie Stone
Hi Elaine & Lawrence! If you are in the harbor in Southport, you might be able to catch your boat on a live webcam there. Sorry we did not cross wakes this snowbird voyage. Safe passage to you!
Debbie & Kevin
s/v Grace
04/22/2013 | Michele Boulay
You're really making some progress north. We are at Coconut Grove! Looking for an offshore window to head up to Ft. Pierce. Hopefully, we'll get an easterly. Anyway, still checking' on you and hope you have safe travels.
Michele and Joe
04/22/2013 | Craig Lewis
Slow down...... Its cold up here!
Calabash Creek on the North/ South Carolina Border
04/21/2013, ICW MM 342 33 52.39'N / 78 34.20'W

We spent a very peaceful, very chilly night on Cow House Creek. Today we were planning our run through the "Rock Pile", which we accomplished without incident. We traveled with 4 other sailboats which was good, since we could follow each other's course. So our 40 miles today has brought us to the border between North and South Carolina. We are anchored on Calabash Creek. Tomorrow we'll cross over into North Carolina heading for either Southport or Wrightsville Beach.
Fair winds & Smooth sailing,
Elaine & Lawrence S/V Elle & I

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Cow House Creek
Lawrence/ Cloudy/ 62 degrees
04/20/2013, Off the Waccamaw River ICW MM 383.5

We survived the huge front that barreled across the entire East coast last night. We had quite a light show, and a ton of rain. Still, the anchor held, and we are fine.
We slept late this morning, but decided to move a little further North to a more sheltered anchorage here off the Waccamaw River. It was cool today, and it feels good to be sheltered from the wind, even the sun is trying to pop out. Our plan is to get through the " Rock Pile" tomorrow and anchor near the border with North Carolina. We just keep on keepin' on!
Fair winds & Smooth sailing,
Elaine & Lawrence S/V Elle & I

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04/20/2013 | craig lewis
Still freaking cold up here! Pt Bay had 5 footers rolling into the docks Thursday and Friday. Some dock damages and boat damage.....fortunately we are having some glass work done and are not in yet! Lucky.
04/20/2013 | mindy Donnelly
Consider the Dismal Swamp route I think you'd enjoy it ought to have plenty of water.
04/21/2013 | Jann Merrill
You are really getting in some good days! You'll be home before you know it. Hopefully April Showers bring May flowers! We did the Dismal was great.
South Sante River, SC. ICW MM420
Lawrence /Cloudy/78 degrees/ winds @ 20+knots
04/19/2013, 33 9.05'N / 79 19.44'W

We left Tom Point Creek early Thursday morning, and by 11:30 we were docked in Charleston at the St. John Yacht Harbor. Our friend Gail came out to get us at 15:30 after we had both cleaned up and we had finished our laundry. Gail & Jim as well as Karen & Mark took us out to The Lot restaurant, which was excellent! We had such a great time. We both wish it could have been for longer. We're going to try to stay in Charleston longer next fall.
So this morning we started out late because the Wappoo Creek Bridge doesn't open until 09:00. It worked out fine, because we had wind and current helping us along all day. We managed 52 miles in less than 7.5 hours, and dropped the hook in the South Sante River at 15:45. The wind which helped us today is still blowing a steady 20 knots and is supposed to switch around to the Northwest. We're also supposed to get rain, so we may sit tomorrow. We'll see what tomorrow brings.
Fair winds & Smooth sailing,
Elaine & Lawrence S/V Elle & I

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Tom Point Creek
04/17/2013, ICW MM 495.7 32 38.76'N / 80 16.61'W

Today was one of our shorter days. We knew we couldn't get through Lady's Island bridge in Beaufort, SC before 09:00 this morning, so we didn't start until 08:00 from Port Royal. At the bridge we were joined by 8 other sailboats and 4 trawlers all heading North today. We made for quite a parade through Brickyard Creek. Over the day we strung out for miles, until we were more or less by ourselves again. At about MM 500 on the Dawho River we were completely surprised to see Betty and Mike Henry on their new 41 Beneteau the S/ V Alvilda Mae heading South from Charleston to Beaufort. The Henry's are members of the Royal Savage Yacht Club and hail from Charlotte, Vermont. They had been watching for us and spotted us out here in the South Carolina marshes. As Mike Henry said," It's sure nice to see neighbors." We probably won't see them again for some time, so we wish them Fair winds & Smooth sailing! Above is a photo of a sand bar that popped up right next to us at low tide. We sure are glad we're floating over here.
Elaine & Lawrence S/V Elle & I

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04/17/2013 | Craig Lewis
Are the Henrys coming back to the Lake?
04/18/2013 | Michele Boulay
Wow! You guys are trucking'! We may start heading north next week if we get a long window.

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Snowbirds heading South for the Winter
Who: Elaine Leonard,co-captain; Lawrence Leonard, deck hand
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