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Great Lakes to The Bahamas

Who: Wayne & Pat
Port: Jackson
05 November 2009 | Deltaville, VA
16 October 2009 | Deltaville, VA
26 May 2009 | Deltaville
25 May 2009 | Deltaville
24 May 2009 | Fishing Bay (N37*32.418 W76*20.203) to Deltaville
23 May 2009 | Great Bridge VA (N36*43.285 W76*14.508) to Fishing Bay VA (N37*32.418 W76*20.203)
22 May 2009 | Buck Island, NC (N36*16.034 W75*57.520) to Great BridgeVA (N36*43.285 W76*14.508)
21 May 2009 | The Alligator River Bridge, NC (N35*53.847 W76*02.024) to Buck Island, NC (N36*16.034 W75*57.520)
20 May 2009 | Alligator River Bridge, NC
19 May 2009 | Alligator River Swing Bridge, NC
17 May 2009 | The Pungo River, NC (N35*33.715 W76*28.557) to Alligator Swing Bridge, NC (N35*53.874 W76*02.024)
16 May 2009 | Eastham Creek Anchorage NC (N35*17.680 W76*36.514) to The Pungo River, NC (N35*33.715 W76*28.557)
15 May 2009 | Town Creek Marina, Beaufort NC (N34*43.519 W76*39.898) to Eastham Creek, NC (N35*17.680 W76*36.514)
14 May 2009 | Town Creek Marina, Beaufort, NC
13 May 2009 | Taylor Creek, Beaufort, NC (34*42.860 76*39.831) to Town Creek Marina, Beaufort, NC
12 May 2009 | Mile Hammock Bay (N34*33.163 W77*19.528) SM#244.5 to Taylor Creek, Beaufort, NC (34*42.860 76*39.831)
11 May 2009 | Wrightsville Beach NC (N34*12.441 W77*47.965) SM#283.2 to Mile Hammock Bay (N34*33.163 W77*19.528) SM#244.5
10 May 2009 | Shallottes Inlet, NC (N33*54.913)SM330 to Wrightsville Beach Anchorage (N34*12.447 W77*47.953)
09 May 2009 | Bull Creek, SC (N33 36.667 W79 06.228) to Shallottes Inlet, NC (N33*54.913)

First Stop: Put-In-Bay or bust

14 August 2008 | Toledo Beach Marina, LaSalle Michigan to Put-In-Bay, South Bass Island (41o39N x 082o49W)
Partly Sunny N to NE winds 10-15 knots; Sunrise 6:40am/Sunset 8:45pm 3rd Quarter Moon
This morning was a little bit better organized. Coffee was on as soon as I got out of bed - last sunrise at Toledo Beach Marina, and we were up and out after finishing stowing the odd items and collecting our lines from the dock.

Our speed/distance meter on the instrument panel doesn't seem to be working. It continuously read 0.0 the entire way, but the depth and wind meters were working fine. Hmmmm.... We used the chart plotter to determine our speed and distance. Today we didn't get to sail but motored the entire way (nothing like traveling into the wind on a sailboat). Pretty uneventful traveling day 112o to W. Sister Island (a game refuge) ~18 miles, the change course to 128o for 8-10 miles to avoid the firing range (navigation is restricted in that general area if firing exercises are going on), then 97o to go between Rattle Snake and Green Islands and in to Put-In-Bay. So we figured about 35 miles at 5 knots & we'd get in in about 7 hours. We ended up doing fairly well since we motored the entire way - ave. speed 6.17, trip time 5:20.42 and distance traveled 32.87 miles.

It was kinda cool coming in here - you can see Perry's monument on the island way before you actually see the island. Perry's Victory & International Peace Memorial is a 352 ft Pink Granite monument that you can see for 20 miles away. It also has a light at the top that can be used as a guiding beacon at dark. It's quite an impressive structure and they let you climb to the top of it. We opted out of the climb this trip (I did this on a previous fieldtrip here) and decided to go for pizza and beer at the brewery here. The amber brew was a hit with me but Wayne thought there was to much hops and we both loved the pizza - they have a sauce with a lot of basil and something else that was wonderful.

Moorings here (we're on C6) are $30 a night during the week, Fri & Sat $40 and on special nights and particular moorings, closer in the price is $50 for a mooring. Call channel 10 and a water taxi comes and fetches you so you can spend money on the island and support the local economy (did I mention they have a terrific beer and pizza place? LOL) most of the tourists rent golf carts to tour the island and we saw a lot of bicyclists too. Nice island, but to be avoided unless you're really into partying and crowds on the weekends.

Almost forgot - we saw the Good Year Blimp coming over the island as we were approaching. We decided that it was heading for the Nascar race back home this weekend in Brooklyn when that place becomes the 3rd largest city in Michigan for the weekend (glad we're not there this weekend).

Vessel Name: Kolibrie
Vessel Make/Model: Bayfield 36
Hailing Port: Jackson
Crew: Wayne & Pat
About: Back in Michigan for Hurricane Season 2009...
Extra: Our boat is a Bayfield 36. Not the fastest little thing, but a nice little cruiser that we like to call home.
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Great Lakes to The Bahamas

Who: Wayne & Pat
Port: Jackson