Mystic Star Points South

Mystic Star Sailing Adventures in the Bahamas

02 May 2019
19 April 2019 | Georgetown, South Carolina
29 March 2019 | Hopetown
07 March 2019 | Black Point Return
11 February 2019 | Little Bay - Great Guana Cay
22 January 2019 | Rock Sound, Eleuthera
12 January 2019 | Spanish Wells
30 December 2018 | Key Biscayne, Outside Noname Harbor
23 November 2018 | Isle of Palms Marina
09 May 2017 | Rock Hall Harbor
02 May 2017
17 April 2017 | Cumberland Island
05 April 2017 | White Sound, Green Turtle Cay
17 March 2017 | Royal Island
05 March 2017 | Davis Harbour Marina, Eleuthera
21 February 2017 | Salt Pond, Long Island
03 February 2017 | Georgetown, Great Exuma
23 January 2017 | Emerald Bay Marina
05 January 2017 | Pipe Cay
20 December 2016 | Wardrick Wells

Homecoming

09 May 2017 | Rock Hall Harbor
May 3 - 9: After one extra night at Coinjock the water receded with north winds and boats started leaving the marina the next morning (Wednesday the 3rd). We wanted to be sure there was enough clearance under the fixed bridges to our north so we stayed until after lunch and were about the last to leave. Also held up by the high water was the 100-guest cruise ship "Independence" with its 220 ft length overall and 7 ft draft which made us feel better about making our way in our little ship on the narrow waterway. If they can make past all the shallow spots without problems, we should have no worries! So in the afternoon as the water levels dropped back to normal, we made our way north on the ICW crossing the Currituck Sound and up the North Landing River into Virginia. We tied up at the park with free docks just east of the locks at the town of Great Bridge VA. And just along with us were the folks that were rafted up to us back at Coinjock--so we got together aboard Mystic Star for drinks at sunset and were ready for the final leg on the ICW to Norfolk the next morning.
We transited the locks at Great Bridge on Thursday (4th) and continued on into the Elizabeth River through a number of fixed bridges, one opening lift bridge and several active railroad bridges in the increasingly industrial area of Portsmouth VA. By lunch time we were tied up at Ocean Marine near the center of Portsmouth and planned to stay a few days while some stormy weather blew over. One of the reasons we stopped here was that the Kalmar Nyckel (Delaware's Tall Ship) was here in dry dock having some serious hull work done. We've both been volunteers for many years for the ship and its foundation so we wanted to see the progress and ended up putting in a full day's work doing fun stuff in the engine room (removing a fire pump and working on an exhaust header). In the process we enjoyed catching up and having meals with the captain & crew at a couple of good restaurants in Portsmouth. By Saturday morning (6th) the winds were out of the southwest, making it good for travel to the north from here. It was still a bit showery and definitely much colder than we had been used to all winter. We had to break out the fleece and full foul weather gear to deal with the wind and cold as we headed up the bay to Virginia's northern neck and a favorite anchorage spot on Mill Creek off Ingram Bay, just south of Reedville, VA. It was a struggle against the strong ebb tide, enhanced by all the recent rains and wind that came around to forward of the beam making for a wet rough ride for our 65 nm day.
Forecasts were calling for stronger northwest winds into the next week so before they came fully around to our bow we headed out early again to make our way north, crossing the mouth of the Potomac River in WNW winds in the 20-25 kt range with gusts in the 30's. We were able to make progress with a reefed main and double reefed staysail, but it was certainly rougher than initially called for. By later in the afternoon the weather forecast had belatedly changed from small craft warnings to gale warnings! The mouth of the Potomac can be notoriously rough and we experienced more of that than we bargained for. We did make decent progress to the Patuxent River and Solomons Island, MD, where we found a quiet spot on another cozy "Mill Creek" after a hard won 44 nm day. Since the forecast for Monday was for strong northwesterlies to continue, we planned to stay put at anchor until the winds abated. As we did, the temperatures continued to drop, the winter we missed seemed to be trying to catch up with us. Finally on Tuesday (9th) we set out early once again to head north and homewards. The day started with northerly winds which we motor-sailed through then gradually died out to less than 5 kts which made for an easy approach and tie up at North Point Marina our home port in Rock Hall Harbor. It was a great six month adventure and now it is very good to be home!
Comments
Vessel Name: Mystic Star
Vessel Make/Model: Outbound 46
Hailing Port: Rock Hall MD
Crew: Bill & Donna
About:
Sailing the Chesapeake for 33 years and the east coast of the US and Canada for the last 7 years. We've sailed on "OPBs" to Bermuda, and to most of the Eastern Caribbean islands from the BVIs to Grenada. [...]
Extra:
2016: The planned trip south in Nov 2016 will involve an offshore passage direct from the Chesapeake to a port of entry in the Bahama Islands. Crew for this trip includes experienced ocean sailors Randy, John & Richard. 2018: We are making the trip south this time with just the two of us so [...]
Mystic Star's Photos - Main
Sailing & ICW to home in Rock Hall by May 1, 2019
10 Photos
Created 5 May 2019
Abacos, St Augustine FL, Georgetown SC
15 Photos
Created 20 April 2019
Bitter Guana Cay to Hopetown, Elbow Cay
18 Photos
Created 29 March 2019
Great Guana, Rudder Cut Cay, Georgetown Regatta, Conception Is, Lee Stocking Is
18 Photos
Created 9 March 2019
Northern Exumas - Shroud Cay, Warderick Wells, Cambridge Cay
15 Photos
Created 11 February 2019
Alabaster Bay to Rock Sound
11 Photos
Created 22 January 2019
11 Photos
Created 13 January 2019
Trip from Charleston SC to Miami FL, Dec 11 to Dec 30. ICW and offshore legs
10 Photos
Created 30 December 2018
Trip South from Rock Hall MD to Florida 2018
3 Photos
Created 1 December 2018
ICW in South Carolina and on to North Carolina
11 Photos
Created 31 May 2017
Arrival in St Augustine and trip to Fernandina Beach & Cumberland Island Georgia
10 Photos
Created 31 May 2017
Last of the trip through Virginia & Maryland
3 Photos
Created 9 May 2017
Touring the Abacos by boat, car, bike, golf cart and on foot
30 Photos
Created 5 April 2017
Eleuthera touring by car & boat, then Spanish Wells and Harbor Island by fast ferry.
30 Photos
Created 28 March 2017
Touring Cat Island, on the beach at Little San Salvador aka Half Moon Cay, Marina at Davis Harbour, Eleuthera
17 Photos
Created 5 March 2017
Photos from our stay at Monument Beach, Georgetown then car tour of Long Island
18 Photos
Created 22 February 2017
Photos of places we visited in the Exumas, Dec 2016 - Jan 2017
8 Photos
Created 23 January 2017
Georgetown Bahamas area, Nov 2016
7 Photos
Created 27 November 2016