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Great Lakes to The Bahamas

Who: Wayne & Pat
Port: Jackson
05 November 2009 | Deltaville, VA
16 October 2009 | Deltaville, VA
26 May 2009 | Deltaville
25 May 2009 | Deltaville
24 May 2009 | Fishing Bay (N37*32.418 W76*20.203) to Deltaville
23 May 2009 | Great Bridge VA (N36*43.285 W76*14.508) to Fishing Bay VA (N37*32.418 W76*20.203)
22 May 2009 | Buck Island, NC (N36*16.034 W75*57.520) to Great BridgeVA (N36*43.285 W76*14.508)
21 May 2009 | The Alligator River Bridge, NC (N35*53.847 W76*02.024) to Buck Island, NC (N36*16.034 W75*57.520)
20 May 2009 | Alligator River Bridge, NC
19 May 2009 | Alligator River Swing Bridge, NC
17 May 2009 | The Pungo River, NC (N35*33.715 W76*28.557) to Alligator Swing Bridge, NC (N35*53.874 W76*02.024)
16 May 2009 | Eastham Creek Anchorage NC (N35*17.680 W76*36.514) to The Pungo River, NC (N35*33.715 W76*28.557)
15 May 2009 | Town Creek Marina, Beaufort NC (N34*43.519 W76*39.898) to Eastham Creek, NC (N35*17.680 W76*36.514)
14 May 2009 | Town Creek Marina, Beaufort, NC
13 May 2009 | Taylor Creek, Beaufort, NC (34*42.860 76*39.831) to Town Creek Marina, Beaufort, NC
12 May 2009 | Mile Hammock Bay (N34*33.163 W77*19.528) SM#244.5 to Taylor Creek, Beaufort, NC (34*42.860 76*39.831)
11 May 2009 | Wrightsville Beach NC (N34*12.441 W77*47.965) SM#283.2 to Mile Hammock Bay (N34*33.163 W77*19.528) SM#244.5
10 May 2009 | Shallottes Inlet, NC (N33*54.913)SM330 to Wrightsville Beach Anchorage (N34*12.447 W77*47.953)
09 May 2009 | Bull Creek, SC (N33 36.667 W79 06.228) to Shallottes Inlet, NC (N33*54.913)

Lorain to Fairport

16 August 2008 | From: N41o28.9 x W082 o 11.7 Lorain Ohio to N41 o 46 x W081 o 16.9Fairport Harbor, OH
Sunny, High Pressure System today
This was a very well protected anchorage at Lorain - quite still and I slept like a baby...Made coffee while watching sunrise and the silhouette of fishermen as they walked out on the breakwaters to fish in the red-pink glow of the rising sun. I love sunrise - my favorite time of the day when every day is fresh and new with possibilities; There was a steady stream of Saturday morning fishing boats leaving the harbor.

We saw a 1000 ft. ore carrier come in to the harbor and past us going into Loraine to the Kobe Lorain Works or LTV pellet terminal on the Black river. The surrounding area has a nice looking marina and is still pretty much a suburban area. We waited for the freighter to go in (of course I had to take pictures - Wayne loves my digital camera J) before leaving. Look at the picture - there's a 30 ft sailboat next to him going out of the harbor - whoosh. It looks like today may be a 10 hour day - Destination Fairport Harbor, OH about 50 miles from here. Light winds NW to SW should help us out a bit.

Coming in at 7:30 a coastguard call came in for a capsized vessel (26 ft sailboat) with 2 people in the water from another sailing vessel that went to help and fouled their anchor chain in their propeller. They were 3 miles or so from here and the sirens went off at the coastguard building, near us, calling everyone in for a rescue. It made me feel good seeing how quickly they were responding to the mayday as their orange zodiac, with lights flashing and siren blaring as it sped out of the harbor. It was interesting listening to the proceedings on channel 16. The sheltered area behind the breakwater is huge - like a small lake in itself. Many boats and jet skis in here. Depths range from 3-15 feet and there's a public beach/park east of the river entrance. A couple of powerboats decided to circle us and generate waves. One of them was towing 2 kids on a tube - nice example to teach the kids - harass the anchored sailboats... The second time they came by us (quite close) Wayne yelled, "Thanks" to them. Think they got the message? I doubt it, and the kids will follow their example when they get older no doubt...

Wayne had the helm most of the day while I did my navigator thing. Not much to it though it was a pretty straight run without much in the way. I finished the 2nd Stephenie Meyer's book in her trilogy today and was going to start the 3rd but it's buried in the back berth (our official garage) so that will have to wait... My computer battery is running low and Wayne is going to put the 12-volt adapter in so I can recharge the puter and the phones tomorrow... Batteries low so.... Signing off for now in Fairport Harbor.
Vessel Name: Kolibrie
Vessel Make/Model: Bayfield 36
Hailing Port: Jackson
Crew: Wayne & Pat
About: Back in Michigan for Hurricane Season 2009...
Extra: Our boat is a Bayfield 36. Not the fastest little thing, but a nice little cruiser that we like to call home.
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Great Lakes to The Bahamas

Who: Wayne & Pat
Port: Jackson