Spring Cruise to Beaufort. But which Beaufort?
26 March 2013
On Saturday Tammy and I depart for a seven-day cruise to Beaufort. But which Beaufort - NC or SC?
If winds are southerly, we will sail north; if they're northerly, we'll head south. A pair of High-Pressure systems, plus a cold front, will each move through these waters smack in the middle of our departure window, so - though forecasters are making educated guesses - I recognize them as just that, guesses. Come Saturday, Tammy and I may simply sail to the Little River sea bouy, put our faces in the wind and decide whether to turn left or right. Once decided, we're committed for 24-36 hours offshore.
The NC cruise is a pick-up-and-move affair that includes Beaufort, Morehead City, Shackleford Banks, Cape Lookout Bight, Wrightsville Beach and Bald Head island. The SC cruise includes longer stays at Beaufort and Hilton Head before returning. The SC cruise is farther, involving an extra half-day offshore sailing each way.
So in the meantime, I plan two cruises - two stacks of charts, two dog-eared cruising guides, two float plans and no dockage reservations.
Frankly, the whole situation rather pleases me.