The First Mate's Journal

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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)

Mile Marker 0 to Great Bridge, Bridge VA

30 October 2008 | Great Bridge Bridge, VA
Low in mid thirties, high mid 60s, sunny
After ham, eggs and biscuits, the boat let us know it was time to go. We were dragging past the marina entrance and toward the deeper channel water so had to scurry to flick on the instruments, windlass, etc., start the engine and haul up the anchor. It was strange how it held us nicely all night then let go during the morning hours - nice of it to let us stay safe during the night though.

Passed by some more of the naval shipyards and waved at a zodiac gunboat as we passed each other (he waved back - making me feel like one of the kids trying to get truckers to blow their big air horns LOL). Nice to see that they're patrolling and making sure our ships are safe J and still can wave hello in response. We vacillated as to whether to take the Dismal Swamp Route all the way up to the cutoff then decided that after talking to Joan, listening to Claiborne on the Salty Net, chatting with others, that we probably shouldn't take it (this trip?) and continued on the Virginia Cut. The bridge tenders seem a little "less laid-back" than the ones on the Erie Canal. One female tender was telling us sailboats to snug it up faster and tighter or we wouldn't make the bridge opening and we were all sitting grouped waiting for it to open, which it didn't for another 10 minutes. The current was strong so I was in reverse still going forward and she was telling us to snug up??? Hmmm...

Going through the bridge toward the canal we spotted a few boats that had been at the same anchorage we were at last night (in front of Tide Water Yachts). It surprised us because they left more than an hour before us in the morning. 3 of them stopped at Great Bridge where we stopped too, and a single handler looking for the Dismal Turnoff also stopped (he wanted to know why we were all tying up to the wall - I told him we were stopping for the night). I chatted with him a bit, and then we all moved our boats up along the wall in case anyone wanted to snug in behind us for the night.

We walked into Great Bridge looking for diesel cans and Chinese food (one of the boaters mentioned there was a Chinese Buffet here). Found neither diesel cans or the buffet but did find a Chinese restaurant. It had egg rolls on the menu so we got two to try out. I'd decided that if they were like the egg rolls I was used to, we'd return for dinner. If they were spring rolls (stuffed with cabbage basically) we weren't out anything and wouldn't return for dinner. They weren't egg rolls, but spring rolls - so it looked like dinner in tonight. Found an ABC store that sells liquor, went in there, a dollar store (mmm candy), a card store, etc... Great bridge has a nice town and a nice park setting that we're tied up to. Dinner was delayed by a knock on the hull and an invite over to Marianna (a Moody 42) so we headed over there and chatted with Fred & Pat (Marianna) and Dave and Cathy (Orion). They were two of the sailboats over at the Tidewater anchorage. It was past dark when we returned to the boat, but it was wonderful to chat with them. They've taken this trip 4 times now. Yes I had my trusty notepad to take notes and yes, I whipped it out and jotted down a few notes LOL - hope they didn't mind! It looks like we're all heading out for the 9:00 am opening of the bridge tomorrow and heading for Coinjock, NC. Tonight will be our last night in VA, tomorrow we enter North Carolina (land of sporadic cell phone coverage and probably internet access too). Hope it's warmer...
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