21 October 2018
IC 10/21 – Oh boy, where do I start? Back in touch with civilization and the internet. Docked at Dowry Creek Marina in Belhaven, North Carolina. Friday’s trim long and interesting across Albemarle Sound. Leaving ELIZABETH City a day early was a great move. Crossing the sound can be really painful depending on the wind direction and strength. We had it made, almost calm conditions and smooth water. Crossed with no problem and entered the Alligator River (no alligators) and continued on to our anchorage at mile marker 102. (If you are keeping track, I’ve traveled about 750 nmiles.) Anchorage was very easy with lots of room.
Wally (our rally commander) stopped a crab boat and with his bargaining skills, picked up a basket of blue crabs. One of the catamarans hosted all to a steamed crab fest. Learning how to eat them was an experience in itself.
The next morning, as the sun was coming up, we headed out down the Alligator River – Pungo River Canal to Upper Dowry Creek and the marina. As we arrived the wind started to pick up and was blowing 15 to 20 knots. Fortunately the marina is well protected and once beyond the breakwater not much wind and wave action. We arrived here a day early (we knew the wind was going to get worse) so nothing planned for our arrival. Overnight the wind switched directions and even though well protected we could feel the effects of the change. Being a day early save a difficult day on the water.
Today is Sunday and we are having a pig roast. There is a lot of planning and preparation that goes into this event. The people working on the event have been busy all day.
Tune in tomorrow to see how the pig fared.