Bird Island Getaway
12 May 2013 | Bird Island, NC
I have a friend who points out that if Bird Island anchorage were 100nm away, we'd sail day and night to get there: Deep water with a sandy bottom for anchoring, surrounded on three sides by beach and marsh, reliable ocean breeze to combat bugs, the distant pounding of the surf and easy access to the ocean. Yet the anchorage lies just 7nm from my slip, so I undervalue it the way a New Yorker barely notices the Statue of Liberty. Every time I go out to Bird Island for the night, I vow to "do this more often."
I went out yesterday with my father for a daysail then a night at anchor behind Bird Island. As usual, we had the place to ourselves. After a perfect sail in 10-15kt winds and 1 foot seas, we returned and dropped the hook right off the beach. If only trouble is interesting, then I have nothing but boring news to report - the anchor held, the weather was clear, the outboard started, we beached the dinghy without incident, we enjoyed a nice walk along the ocean, then dinner, wine, cigars, sleep, coffee on deck at sunrise, breakfast, weighing anchor, motoring in with the current behind us and a soft landing at the dock. Seriously, no story whatsoever. What a yawner, right?
I need to do this more often.