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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)

Out on the Banks Part I

19 February 2009 | Bimini (N25*43.473 W079*17.858) to… anchoring out on the Bahamas Bank (N25*27.010 W078*19.114)
SW winds 20mph seas 2-4 ft 64.9 miles today
Thursday, February 19, 2009
No problem waking up this morning. Had ½ cup of coffee before we started to head out, and then had to circle while a freighter carrying land/sea containers came through the narrow channel. It was boisterous exiting the channel back into the Atlantic then settled down a bit as we turned out and put up the sails.

We approached North Rock about 8 am with waves at 2-4 ft and winds 15-20mph. With it's antenna like light perched on it, it reminded me of a submarine. What a beautiful sunny morning with the winds off our starboard quarter we raised our sails and cut the engine. We were cruising through light mint green waters at 5-6 knots and as the day progressed the color of the water turned a jade green color then a beautiful aquamarine. It was a strange feeling to be moving along at 6 knots and when you looked down you could see the bottom with the sand and coral.

We managed to hold a speed from 6-7.8 knots for the longest time in depths of 10-30 feet and around 12:30 I saw a grey blob under the water. My initial thought was "oh oh - rock or coral head" but to my surprise it broke the water and raced along side the boat. A dolphin was swimming with us and then leading in our bow wake when another one came up along side of us and joined it swimming at our bow. I almost spun the boat around trying to watch them and probably scared them - they darted off at 90 degrees and then rejoined us as I got back on course. I had to radio Sooo Fine 2 and Aurora to give them a dolphin alert. A little later I saw flying fish, so they were probably jumping out of the water as the dolphins chased them. I can't believe how fast and quick the dolphins are. We were going 7.5 knots and they raced ahead of us like it was nothing!
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