Stuck in paradise
23 October 2014 | Ocracoke Island
Susannah blowing like stink
We knew that we needed to get an early start out of Engelhardt as the wind was forecasted to build into the 30's by noon. We got out by Dawn under full jib and a reefed main. It was tempting to fly the genneker as the wind was coming from a favorable direction but when you looked out into the sound you saw elephants (big waves)! We made the 26 mile trip across the sound in about 3 hours, averaging 7.5 knots in 18-22 knots of wind and 3 ft seas. Wind on the shallow Pamlico makes for steep waves that are very close together making the going tough. These conditions can be much like the Gulfstream.
We entered the channel to Ocracoke just as the wind was hitting 29kts, at this point we were going downwind and it was like a sleigh ride! I turned the helm over to Paul to navigate the channel, as he is our harbor pilot. As we tied up to the State Park Docks at 11:30 the wind predictably jumped to over 30kts. Just made it! Last night the gusts hit 40 at the docks but we were well tied up and barely felt it inside the boat. If it got too hot all you had to do was open the door and you were blasted with a forceful gust of fresh breeze!
We will remain here for the next few days until the wind switches so that we can make the trip over to Oriental. Today we'll take the ferry over to Hatteras and visit the Graveyard Of The Atlantic museum, something we've always wanted to do. Timing out on the blog-o-Meter. gotta go!