Approaching Beaufort, North Carolina
27 April 2018 | 55 SE of Cape Fear
Well, that there Gulf Stream can be a fickle thing. We had it for a while, then we didnât, now we do. There are maps and forecasts to try to help you know where and how strongly itâs flowing, and we have tried to use them. On balance, the Stream is giving us a good shove in the right direction, but there was a while last night when we even had slight current against us. Must have been an eddy on the side of the main stream. But progress is being made again, and we are now off North Carolina.
We had to motor a fair bit in the last 24 hours, but now the wind is back and there should be enough of it to blow us up to Beaufort, our intended landfall and where we will clear officially into the USA. We are expecting to arrive during the coming night, but no promises. We are hoping to meet some sailing friends there who we last saw in Portugal. Excited!
Kateâs catering countdown is going well but still not sure what to do with three garlic bulbs, two plantains and a lime. Tonightâs supper will be a salmagundi of everything that we canât take into the US, and thereâs huevos rancheros for lunch (taking care of the last 3 eggs, a pepper, an onion and a tomato).