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

08 October 2023 | Mid-Atlantic Small Craft Festival, St. Michaels, MD
03 October 2023 | Cedar Point
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

Summer Fun in the Sun- introducing........

08 August 2017 | Bogue Inlet to Shackleford Banks, North Carolina's Crystal Coast
summer sun and light breezes
The Ivory Belle's story begins in late spring with a weekend trip to the Chesapeake Bay. She had been sitting in a garage there for a decade, waiting for someone to come love her and put her to sea.....that was me~
Her lines just grabbed my attention, having seen two smaller 14' versions of the Penobscot design at the Wooden Boat Show in Beaufort the last couple years. But this beautiful swimmer was all of 17 feet with a mahogany and ash deck and traditional sails hung on a gunter rig. I was in love~
Upon her maiden voyage, I soon surmised why she may have been sitting in that garage so long. The centerboard would neither go up or we rowed around and sailed her back downwind. First project, bang the hell out of the centerboard until it was free of the trunk. I set out to manufacture a new centerboard, much thinner and fix the leaking pivot pin with a floating great!

To try out her new centerboard, I accepted an invitation to sail with the Women Sailing Club up on the Neuse River with an assortment of other small boats. Not much wind, but a day to really stretch the Ivory Belle's legs and see how she handled....jibless. Happy to report she sails very well under main only-

The next sail was long & coming. I had been waiting for a very long time to take my son and daughter-in-law out for their first summertime visit from LA. We sailed for two days and exhausted me! The first day was a perfect light wind to sail with the NC Maritime Museum sprits'l fleet. The second day we sailed with quite a bit more wind into the Bogue Inlet near Swansboro. Ended up breaking the tiller off from the rudder. Quick thinking and sailed back to shore by balancing her rig. My son set about finding an abandoned tent pole on the beach so we could jury rig a tiller for the sail home, worked great.

The next sail was for the Fourth of July rally out to Shackleford Banks with the sprits'l fleet. This distance sail is always a great time, this time we had to rely on the safety boats because there wasn't much wind down the creek. The rest of the day was good wind and sand bar jumping back into the Beaufort Inlet. I had some wonderful crew I had been mentoring that took to the day's adventure with ease and soaked up every minute.

The Ivory Belle has had a wonderful introduction to the Souther Outer Banks and will soon be sailing out of Cape Carteret's day dock this late summer into fall. Tucking in between sand spit islands, bridges and salt marsh grass is all in a day's good sail for a sweet sailor & I.
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
Various restoration projects to bring TWINKLE back to being a sweet sailor~
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Created 3 October 2023
Decided to attempt to put together a collage of all the "beautiful swimmers" I've had the privilege to sail upon~ _/)
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Created 20 January 2022
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Created 17 October 2018
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Created 8 August 2017
The SPARROW's mission is two-fold: to document for beauty and science.
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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~
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Created 4 September 2015
Highlights from the Voyages of the Sparrow
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Created 27 September 2013
s/v SPARROW enVoyage
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Created 12 September 2013