19 May 2017 | Southport, NC
01 April 2016 | Shroud Cay -looking north toward anchorage
27 March 2016 | View from the church
25 May 2017
Well, we arrived at Carolina Beach on Saturday, May 20, looking forward to a nice 1-2 day visit with a sailing buddy from 33 years ago, MC and her husband, Kirk. We learned, almost immediately that the weather was turning bleak (at best) for the following 4-5 days. MC and Kirk very graciously opened up their beautiful home to us and we had a splendid hiatus/vacation/party! We thoroughly enjoyed the time there and the opportunity to be with our special friends and meet their family and many friends (and drive their luxury golf cart!). Thank you so much.
We left today, after lunch (I gained 5 lbs while there!) for Wrightsville Beach. What a dreadful motor up the ICW! It was windy (gusts up to 40 MPH), rainy and very shallow. Thank goodness it was a short day! And thank goodness that the sun came out shortly after we anchored. We met a nice cruising couple in the anchorage who are also headed up to New England. We're both heading out into the Atlantic Ocean tomorrow for a 65 mile sail to Beaufort, NC. It should be about a 10-12 hour day under favorable conditions.
We had a wonderful happy hour in our cockpit watching the junior sailors zip around the anchorage in the sunfish/laser class boats. It appeared that they were trying to get as close as possible to our boat. That was fine with us as we would toast them with our vodka tonics (TWO ice cubes per glass) between spoonfuls of gumbo. Great day!
13 months later
19 May 2017 | Southport, NC
Well it's hard to believe, but yesterday Frank and I set sail to check off an item from our "bucket list." Gosh, we're sounding old!!! When we sailed 32 years ago, our goal was to sail Maine. We were delayed (lightning strike!), turned around in Nantucket, returned to Louisiana and started our family. The rest is history! Our current plan is to spend July and August exploring Maine and perhaps Nova Scotia. We're selling the boat at the completion of the cruise. Rather bitter-sweet, but what a grand finale we'll have these next months!
It was hard leaving Charleston and her inner-harbor. We've gotten to know her sights so well in these past three years of day cruises. The Ravenel bridge, Patriots' Point, Fort Sumter, the many huge cargo freighters and cruise ships...we've experienced Charleston in a very unique way. We're so fortunate! We had a grand send off, complements of the Tall Ships which are gathering in Charleston for the weekend. Three of them crossed paths with us as we exited!
We spent Thursday night in Georgetown and are currently anchored in Southport, NC. Southport is a charming town at the mouth of the Fear River.
This pic is emblematic of Charleston. The tall ship represents "past time". The cargo ship, "future time". The shrimper, sadly, on "borrowed time", as the commercial shrimping industry struggles to stay alive.
Honey, do you miss the kids?
19 April 2016
Yes, we do miss the kids...and the rest of our family and friends. It's time to go home. From Green Turtle, we sailed to Big Sale Island and plan to head to Charleston on Wednesday.
Green Turtle Cay
16 April 2016
We had an uneventful sail to Green Turtle Cay yesterday. The only thing worth noting about the trip was the anchorage. Everyone is getting ready for another big blow, so we're all packing tightly into these 2 secure (we hope!) anchorages. We had to move the boat twice! We were having a beer on one boat and came back to our boat to be told that our boat had actually swung around and "touched" our neighbor's boat. Yuk!
Another fun thing...a friend if my sister, Carrie, has a house here and has very kindly reached out to us. We hope to have cocktails with them this evening, if the weather holds and maybe a spin around on their golf cart!
Well, the really big news is that we think we really might have a good weather window to cross over to the U.S.A.! It's looking very likely that we'll get to leave Wednesday or Thursday for Charleston. It's a 330 mile trip and it should take us around 50 hours (that's two full days for all you Alabama grads!). I'll firm all that up later.
14 April 2016
We were very pleasantly surprised with Hopetown! They call it the "Jewel of the Abacos" and it truly is charming! Cars are not allowed and golf carts are just tolerated! On the north end of the island, neither are allowed, except by special permit! On that end of the island, the roads are just about 8 feet wide and made of concrete, so they don't get very hot. Pastel covered cottages, encased by white picket fences which are heavily ladened with every color Bougainvilla (sp?), line the roads. We rented bikes and road all over the island. Had lunch at the Firefly (food is getting better the closer we get to the US!) and then biked to the southern tip of the island to Tahiti Beach. There, I did something I don't think I've ever done in all of my 57 years...I changed into a bathing suit in the bushes!!! It was well worth it, as the bike ride on that end of the island had gotten hot (and hilly!) and the beach was irresistible.
'Twas a great couple of days and tomorrow we head north for Green Turtle Cay. We might actually be home in 8-9 days, if the weather pans out the way it's forecast... Hard to believe!
Sail to the Abacos
13 April 2016
We got up Tuesday and had a rough 9 hour motor sail to Little Harbour, one of the southernmost anchorages in the Abacos islands. The seas were VERY high, as it had blown very hard the previous day (Elaine left Monday:(). Thank goodness Frank had anticipated it and we had put the dinghy on top of the boat for the trip (there's a story there, but I won't get into it!). The highlights of the trip were hooking (sadly though, not CATCHING!) a mahi and listening to a fellow boater cuss a freighter out on the VHF radio! Pretty little calm anchorage filled with boats.