Cruising on Alexia

An informal update of our travels for Family and Friends

05 September 2013
27 June 2013
27 June 2013
27 June 2013
20 June 2013 | William wears kneepads to protect from the heat of the deck
17 June 2013 | Torrential rain for six hours
13 June 2013 | Herring Bay off Chesapeake Bay
08 June 2013 | Miles River, Maryland
08 June 2013 | Amelia at the helm with a helping hand from DAD
28 May 2013 | Just a short half mile journey across the River
27 May 2013 | Free dockage at the city marina
24 May 2013 | Narrow and shallow
24 May 2013 | Visitor Centre Dock
24 May 2013 | We're at the top
24 May 2013 | Going up
24 May 2013 | The gates close behind us

McClellanville, South Carolina

28 October 2012 | Leland Marina
Sitting out hurricane Sandy
We've been alongside here for a week, waiting for Hurricane Sandy.

After a rather slow approach from the south, Sandy's Eye passed by about 80 miles offshore yesterday and gave us gale force winds for the day: the picture shows a 46 knot gust, coming over the port bow.

Thankfully, he's gone, but is gaining strength and seems to be heading for New York.

We chose this spot to sit out Sandy because the creek that runs up to the town is home to a large fleet of shrimp boats where the high ground has provided them shelter during dozens of hurricanes over the years.

So we ran out extra lines and prepared for the blow alongside a shark boat. We've got to know her captain over the last few days and have been hugely entertained by Mike's shark fishing stories. These became more scary as the rum bottle circulated - but in any case he certainly leads a tough life.

Apart from this big blow, we have had perfect weather since leaving Oriental, now several hundred miles behind us and have enjoyed some great stops on the way including a trip up the Cape Fear River to the City of Wilmington, where we went aboard our first battleship: The USS North Carolina, rescued from the scrapyard in 1958.

We now hope to leave here tomorrow and resume our passage south - next stop Charleston.
Vessel Name: Alexia
Vessel Make/Model: Hallberg Rassy 42 built in 1998. She's extremely comfortable aboard with two ensuite cabins. Endless useful equipment like microwave, bilge pump counter, bowthrusters, Mastervolt generator, air conditioning, 12v freezer,
Hailing Port: London, United Kingdom
Crew: William Spouse and Frances Rogers
About: William has been a competitive sailor most of his life and introduced Frances to the boating life 29 years ago. In that time they have chartered many sailboats in Europe and the Caribbean finally purchasing Alexia in 2007.