Sapphire...One day at a time.

22 May 2011 | Deep Creek, VA
22 May 2011 | On the way to the Great Dismal Swamp
22 May 2011 | Leaving Oriental, NC
22 May 2011 | Charleston, SC to Beaufort, NC
08 May 2011 | Charleston, SC
08 May 2011 | Charleston, SC
08 May 2011 | End of the Bahamas
08 May 2011 | Abacos, Bahamas
16 April 2011 | Hope Town, Elbow Cay, Bahamas
07 April 2011 | Hope Town, Elbow Cay, Bahamas
15 March 2011 | Black Point, Great Guana Cay
05 March 2011 | George Town, Great Exuma & Thompson Bay
11 February 2011 | George Town, Great Exuma
01 February 2011 | Jumento's
01 February 2011 | Raccoon Cay
01 February 2011 | Jumento's
31 December 2010 | Thompson Bay, Long Island
31 December 2010 | Thompson Bay, Long Island
29 December 2010 | Thompson Bay, Long Island
16 December 2010 | Pipe Creek to Black Point


22 May 2011 | Deep Creek, VA
May 21st, 2011
Leaving Goat Island at 6 a.m. we were a little early for the 08:30 lock opening at South Mills which is the southern entrance of the Dismal Swamp. It was a perfectly calm morning with no sign of clouds. The reflection of the trees in the water made driving through the upper reaches of the Pasquotank amazing difficult. It was almost impossible to tell where the middle of the river was in all the green.
Safely in the Dismal we motored along quietly at 4 knots through the woods with the air perfumed by honeysuckle for 20 miles. We tied up at the north end of the canal for the night as we often do before braving the ships of Norfolk.
Beside us was another Bayfield "Spring Moon" who is about ¾ of the way through the Circle Loop. We chatted with them for a while ended up joining them and another couple from "Eleanor Tarr," for dinner at the Mexican place down the road. We had assisted "Eleanor Tarr" in docking on the Megadock a few weeks ago in Charleston but really didn't get a chance to talk to them. We had a great time remembering some of our favorite anchorages in the North Channel and Georgian Bay, while eating some tasty Mexican food. After a short stop at Food Lion, we walked back to the boat.

Blimp factory on the Pasquotank River

22 May 2011 | On the way to the Great Dismal Swamp
May 20th, 2011
Weighing anchor at 6 a.m. we headed north up the Alligator and soon got some sail up to take advantage of a little west wind. After a few hours we were at its mouth which is notorious for shoaling. We continue to me amazed at why this is such a problem area for cruisers. If you stay between the navigational aids you are fine…. if you trust your instruments you will surely be aground.
In the Albemarle we found northwest winds at about 15 which made for some spray but compared to some of our trips across, was relatively calm. We dodged crab pots most of the way and then entered the Pasquotank River where we found even more pots in the way. Passing through Elizabeth City, we continued upstream to Goat Island where we anchored for the night. It was only 13:30, and could have made it all the way through the Dismal Swamp before dark but the admiral made the call. (By continuing we could have made Deltaville in three days form Oriental… but no such record for us this time.)

Tight squeeze in the Alligator-Pungo Canal

22 May 2011 | Leaving Oriental, NC
May 19th, 2011
True to their word Steve and Kim were at the dock at 6 and we backed out of the slip not knowing which way the breeze and prop walk would take us. The bow gently came around to the port, as if we'd planned it, and we drove out of the fairway to the channel. With no wind to speak of, we headed north up the Neuse and then into the Bay river. From the Bay it was up Gale Creek, into the Hobucken canal to Goose Creek which dumps into the Pamlico River. We crossed the Pamlico and entered the Pungo for about 20 miles and then we entered the Alligator/Pungo for another 20. When we were about two miles from the Alligator and out of the canal, we met a tug pushing a barge. We were in one of the more narrow sections and there were submerged stumps on both sides of the canal so I called the Captain requesting a port to port meeting. He acknowledged and told us that he was going to head right at us and dodge to the starboard just as we met. It would be close, but he said but that we'd be ok. I pulled over as far as I dared and slowed as he barreled toward us. At the last minute he swerved as advertised and missed us by about 15 feet. Breathing hard, we entered the Alligator and anchored out of the wind after 73 nm and 11 hours of listening to the motor. The engine hasn't been on much this year and never for extended periods of time... I had a headache.
Jet fighters were after each other during the late afternoon and evening, screaming around us as they often do in this wilderness area. Once they quit at about 2200, we spent a quiet night in the exact spot where a few years ago we were bounced out of bed by 3 foot seas when the wind shifted to the north.

Vessel Name: Sapphire
Vessel Make/Model: Bayfield 40
Hailing Port: White Lake, Michigan
Crew: Mike and Kathy Steere
Sapphire's Photos - Sapphire...One day at a time. (Main)
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A bunch for lunch at the boat show
The Dilts house from the beach
Boats for sail, er sale.
Deltaville Marina
Lots of boats in the boat yard
The building
The pool area with the building in the background
Making the teak beautiful
Boat for sale
The marina and boat yard offices are in the same building.
Carol and Jimmy sharing a laugh.
Dinner in the clubhouse.
Cooking dinner
Nice . . . putt!
The foursome and the beverage cart girl (niece Betsy).
Sam, Matt, Mike and Esther went golfing at the Emerald where Sam works. I went along to take photos.
The washers tournament brackets.
The washers tournament at the pig roast.
Into the can!
Playing washers.
Sam can
Kids at the pig roast.
The party-catching up with each other.
Sapphire coming out of the water.
The racers getting ready to go.
The Navy ships coming in.
Sculpture of Alex Hailey in Annapolis.
Going back to the dinghy.
A house on Little Island across from Dobbins Island.
New cushion
Mike cutting the foam for the new cushion.
There is a nice sculpture garden in Quiet Waters Park.
Hmm, what would we call this.
The garden
Nice one!
Where are those crabs?
We ate the whole pile.
This is the pile we ate.
We love the bus!
Vero Beach
Under the signing tree
A well on Allans Pensacola-we
Ruins on Allans Pensacla
Allans Pensacola signing beach
Nancy cleaning conch
Mike cleaning conch
Conching from dinghies.
Sea turtle
On the beach where we found sea biscuits.
Yes, I shook his hand also.
Nancy shaking hands with the Prime Minister of the Bahamas.
Beth shaking hands with the Prime Minister of the Bahamas.
The man is playing cow bells and that is how the Bahamian beer, Kalik, was named-because of the sound of the cow bells. I am not making this up, it
Proud Junkanoo parader.
The start of the Junkanoo Rush.
King on the mountain.
I am the king 9or queen)!
The Maypole dance
A street in New Plymouth-looking the other way.
A street in New Plymouth
The Royal Bahamas police carried sticks, but not guns.
The Royal Bahamas Police Band.
The kids got to come to the festival on Friday and they had a tug of war and played other games. What a field trip!
The Prime Minister and some school children.
The beach at Green Turtle.
A food booth-they had great conch salad.
The actors became pirates at night.
The actors and children.
The actors paraded the festival.
Hermit crab races-we are easily amused!
The races in Marsh Harbor and Madcap.
This is Dr. Cottman
I want to work here!!
A curly tail-they are everywhere
A view of the ocean through the palm trees next to the house named "Costa Lotta" on Man-O-War Cay.
A street in Man-O-War walking toward the ocean.
A street in Man-O-War.
The ferry we rode over to Man-O-War.
Tahiti Beach from Cracker P
Cracker P
Tahiti Beach
Another view of Tahiti Beach
You can wade forever at Tahiti Beach.
A view of the harbor from the light house.
The light house in semi-darkness.
View from Harbour Lodge
View from On Da Beach.
The narrow streets of Hope Town.
Some houses in Hope Town.
A street(?) in Hope Tow.
This is one crowded harbor!
The light house
If it dies, decorate it!
Barry and Susan on the beach.
One of the decks at Nippers.
The pools at Nippers.
The birthday girl in her skirt.
Relaxing at Nippers and looking at the ocean.
So true!
Brown Tip leading the rake
Limbo at the Jib Room.
The head-the shower is on the left, sink on the right.
The saloon and dining table.
The galley with top opening refrigerator.
One of the two aft berths. The other is used for storage unless we have compnay. Erin might recognze this room!
Looking down from the companionway
Saloon and dining table. Ellie
The things you fid on the beach!
One view from Tippy
The deck at Tippy
The Glass Window-one side Atlantic, the other the Sound.
The view from Nort
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