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Capt Suz & Tybee Rowe sail the SOBX of North Carolina~

20 June 2020 | Hammocks Beach State Park, NC
23 October 2019 | Peletier Creek, NC
19 July 2019 | Peletier Creek, NC
12 October 2018
08 October 2018 | Emerald Isle and Fort Macon, Bogue Banks, NC
08 October 2017 | Emerald Isle, NC
08 August 2017 | Bogue Inlet to Shackleford Banks, North Carolina's Crystal Coast
13 February 2017 | Sparrow
08 May 2016 | Beaufort, NC Maritime Museum Wooden Boat Show & Plein Air Competition
17 April 2016 | New River, Jacksonville, NC
04 September 2015 | MHC, NC
21 June 2015 | Crystal Coast - NC
21 April 2015 | New River, Jacksonville, NC
07 April 2015 | envoyage from MHC to Jacksonville, NC
20 August 2014 | Morehead City, North Carolina
30 May 2014 | Morehead City, NC
28 March 2014 | Russel's Boat Yard, MHC-NC
27 March 2014 | Morehead City, NC
11 January 2014 | Cedar Point, NC

Sacred July '11 Restorations

27 July 2011 | Cape Carteret/Emerald Isle
beautiful blue sky
Theme of this summer is RESTORATION. Spent the beginning of sacred July in the Pacific NorthWest reuniting with my sister Beverly and her family all over the Olympic peninsula, on ferries, at the beach (brrrr) and on the docks siting seals and touring wooden beauties. A return to my roots of traditional boats, values and time well spent with family.
But this summer began with the purchase of a boat that to some would not be considered traditional at all, rather a rocket into the future. Last year when I raced in the Duck Distance Cup on my Hobie 14, considered by many, a classic plastic vessel...(started the multihull revolution)...a fellow long time competitor made the statement that I just needed to get a faster boat with a longer water-line length. So over the past year I scoured the internet checking out what was out there and what could I allow myself to dream on. And low and behold I found the next 'revolutionary' boat....the NACRA. Since this boat came into existence in the early 80's, every other competition multihull has taken it's design from it's original razor sharp hulls and low profile tramp....the NACRA 5.2 revolution had begun...of course I missed it being into Hobies. But I did get a chance to sail one off Miami Beach on a spring break in college....I knew then, this was a completely different animal and literally a bottle-rocket!
This past Memorial Day weekend, my pup and I were headed down to the water access to have our usual breakfast and dip in the sound when we were tranfixed on a catamaran coming into view sitting out in a yard. We slowed down and initiated a conversation with the fella there when we noticed it was FOR SALE and a reasonable price as well. Before I knew it, we were spreading the sails out on the front yard and I was convincing myself this was the boat I had been searching for and this one had miraculously fell into my hands. So with visions of yet another restoration of a revolutionary boat, she came home with me and this summer has been more restoration than sailing~ ...and that's okay!
Vessel Name: IVORY BELLE _/)
Vessel Make/Model: Penobscot 17' gunter rig pulling boat
Hailing Port: Swansboro, NC, USA
Crew: Capt Suz & Tybee Rowe
About: Tybee Rowe is a newbie to the sailing scene, we're hoping he'll take to it. As for me, the seas in my veins & my tradition remains~
a lifetime of boats: 11' cat-rigged Penquin 16' Hobie catamaran DN Iceboat 26' Seafarer sloop 41' Corinthian trimaran (liveaboard) 23' San Juan sloop 23' Venture of Newport cutter 17' O'Day daysailor Native Watercraft Kayak 14' Hobie catamaran 14' Hilu proa Mistral Windsurfer 17' NC [...]
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IVORY BELLE _/)'s Photos - Main
Decided to attempt to put together a collage of all the "beautiful swimmers" I've had the privilege to sail upon~ _/)
7 Photos
Created 20 January 2022
1 Photo
Created 17 October 2018
5 Photos
Created 8 August 2017
The SPARROW's mission is two-fold: to document for beauty and science.
7 Photos
Created 4 September 2015
This album will be dedicated to all the MANY projects the SPARROW and I have encountered in bringing her back up to a "beautiful swimmer" status~
4 Photos
Created 4 September 2015
Highlights from the Voyages of the Sparrow
4 Photos
Created 27 September 2013
s/v SPARROW enVoyage
12 Photos
Created 12 September 2013