Down East Adventure
30 June 2009 | Core Sound
Schools Out for Summer Adventure~ group of intrepid teachers head down east to the Core Banks Hilton fishcamp. The narly's took the ferry while the captain took the sprits'l skiff. Dropped her in at the Atlantic ramp after a great lunch at the marina bar there. The weather did not let up...it poured & poured...but the captain did not veer from the course of sailing the 'Heather Jane' across the sound to the unknown. I left before the ferry, but they caught up with me in a following wind and sea, but they led me through the maze of fish traps to our mosquito infested base-camp for the week. Loved the sign on the cabin, "Please don't leave cigarette butts on the floor, the cockroaches are getting cancer!" Numerous other humorous moments all week and a grand finale bonfire on the beach including some delicious hobo sandwiches grilled over the open flames.
The Heather Jane hosted two more sails for various first-timers, including a fishing tour and by week's end, found another following sea & wind all the way home! I think the Heather Jane felt at home sailing down east in her ancestral waters. I have renewed respect and admiration for the design and character of these old wooden swimmers~