Long Day on the ICW.
26 October 2016
We had planned on leaving Morehead City before 8:00 a.m. with hopes to get to Topsail Beach area that evening. However, I discovered a cooling hose that had a small bubble in it and I wanted to try and buy a replacement before we left. Unfortunately, no one had what I needed, then the dock master suggested we wait till low tide so it would be easier to get of the dock. We finally left at 9:45 and as soon as we turned the corner in the channel heading down the ICW we were hit with 2.5 knots of current. This combined with a 15 knot head wind made for very slow going, and just when we thought we would get a favourable change in direction we would pass an inlet and get hammered again. It reminded me of my old days at Can-Am when they used to say, two things always going the wrong way are a girl hitchhiking and a headwind. After 45 miles of negotiating narrow channels bordered by shoals and unrelenting tides we called it a day. There is a nice bay right off the ICW with room for about 20 boats, this area is right in the middle of Camp Lejeune which is a huge military base. I guess this was dug so the military would have a place to launch boats and train, however it is open to the public so we settled in for the night. We were treated to a mini airshow as the marines were practising night landings right behind the trees that border the anchorage. Big brother is always watching!