La Aventura with Patti & James

06 July 2018 | Faial Island –Atlantic Portugal
24 June 2018 | National Holiday day in Faial
22 June 2018 | afternoon whale watching boat trip
20 June 2018 | an enjoyable day trip to another island.
19 June 2018 | Fabulous Faial. – Azorean Island
18 June 2018 | Faial Island – Horta Harbour - Mid Atlantic
29 May 2018 | Mid Atlantic - in the middle of nowhere
26 May 2018 | the cruising yachtsman’s haven
25 May 2018 | party day in Hamilton
10 May 2018 | Vero Beach/Ft Pierce –road trip to Jacksonville.
12 April 2018 | Vibeke onboard
17 March 2018 | lovely to return to Belize and Mexico and meet up with sailing friends along the way
24 January 2018 | I have become so interested in Guatemala textiles
17 January 2018 | So great to catchup with so many friends and our families
01 November 2017 | what a wonderful Guatemalan fiesta to experience
29 October 2017 | Volcanic crater
28 October 2017 | Antiqua - Guatemala

North Carolina

03 November 2015 | very enjoybale visits to Oriental & Beaufort
fall is coming – the trees showing beautiful colours.
IMAGE Halloween in Beaufort.

After a few days beautiful sailing in the Outer Banks we arrived in the small village of Oriental on Sunday 25th October. When we could finally get a phone signal we made a call to various OCC (Ocean Cruising Club) Port Officers we were given the OK to stay in a members slip at the Marina – what a treat. Annie was on the dock (very smelly with piles of seagull poo) to meet and greet us. Lovely hot showers and good internet available on the boat.
MONDAY 26 - Oriental. After James cooked breakfast we had a slow start and took a wander around the little village of Oriental, and found everything we needed. Oriental has more boats – sail and motor than town residents – and calls itself ‘The Sailing Capital of North Carolina’. Fall is on the way, so some of the leaves are changing and making a colourful sight. We had a very enjoyable evening dinner with Annie and Neville at their home with 2 other cruisers she picked up along the way! Annie is a very interesting – mainly solo sailing lady.
TUESDAY 27 – Oriental. James was off with Annies husband Neville in his home workshop making teak feet for our stanchion bases. I rode the marina courtesy bike to get our gas bottle filled and get some post off at the Post Office. The weather is not great and forecast to get worse.
WEDNESDAY 28 – Oriental. James completed the repair of the stanchion foot – all good. We made the most of the courtesy bikes for supermarket trip.
THURSDAY 29 – Oriental. We made the most of the water tap on the dock today for a good cleaning morning. La Aventura got a good soapy wash and scrub down. After lunch, and another lovely long marina hot shower we took another good long walk around the village and waterfront, also called via Annie & Neville home to say Thanks & Goodbye.
FRIDAY 30 – we finally left Oriental –all too comfortable on this marina dock! and great OCC hospitality. This marina-life is great – lovely HOT showers and a dock to walk-on / walk-off. Pity the dock is SO full of seagull poo!!
We motor sailing most of the day in light north wind, perfect. Beautiful day – clear and warm. We arrived into Beaufort via the ICM entrance, rather than the sea entrance by early afternoon. After taking on fuel – we timed it just right to catch the 3.30pm ICW bridge opening to anchor right off the main town – what a lovely spot.
SATURDAY 31 – Beaufort. Halloween Day – and the town was really into it. We had a lovely morning walk through this beautiful city, visiting the Maritime Museum and some of the colonial heritage spots. Beaufort has tagged itself ‘Americas coolest small town’ – are they are very proud indeed of their glorious little town. Just on dusk the kids parade for Halloween was held on one of the main housing streets – it was good to see all the home owners out on their porches, dressed for the occasion and handing out candy too. The evenings entertainment was a dockside wedding and their music and a Halloween party at the nearby bar. This a beautiful anchorage looking back onto the town.
SUNDAY 1 – Beaufort. After James cooked breakfast we took the dingy over to a nearby island nature reserve for a bit of a soggy trek. The day before we had seen the local wild horses – but none to be seen today. A stunning sunset tonight over the town.
MONDAY 2 – Beaufort. A wet and miserable day – we had a good internet connection from the boat – so a reading and internet day on board.
Vessel Name: La Aventura
Crew: James & Patti

Who: James & Patti