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

Isle of Palms, So. Carolina

23 November 2018 | Isle of Palms Marina
We got a bit of a late start this year. We didn't leave until Sunday Nov. 11 at about 11AM which was a calm cold clear day. Conditions were not great for sailing but good for making great time while motoring and easy night navigation with maximum visibility. We made it to the southern Chesapeake where the James River comes in from the west at sunrise, then continued south in the Elizabeth River between Norfolk and Portsmouth. With only one pause for a bridge opening, we made it to the Great Bridge Locks by 0940 and were through by 1000. This gave us plenty of time to motor the 32nm to Coinjock NC where we were tied up for the night by 1500. That was a straight through run of 28 hr and we were glad to have time for a rest and nice dinner at the restaurant there.
The next day (Tues, Nov 13) we initially thought we might wait out some predicted rough weather, but the violence in the front that passed through overnight had abated by daybreak. The deck was covered with pine needles from the blow, but conditions were fine for continuing on. So we headed out and continued south, across Albemarle Sound, and into the Alligator River with some motor sailing along the way. We kept up our speed in order to make it through the long straight canal that ends at the Pungo River near Bellhaven, in company with six or so others going about our speed. Just before dark, we anchored in a cozy bight on the north bank of Pungo Creek, ready for strong northerlies predicted overnight.
Wednesday the wind was brisk from the NW and we sailed out the Pungo, across the larger Pamlico River in company with 6 to 10 others. Once across we made our way up Goose Creek then out at Bay River and briefly into Pamlico Sound. By this time the wind had piped up to 22-26 kn from the NE so we went from the genoa to the solent jib as we rounded into Pamlico sound and south. Even rougher weather was forecast, so we decided to try a new place for us, at River Dunes Marina north of Oriental NC. This was a cozy spot with extremely well protected floating docks that is approached from Broad Creek. With it blowing 25 kn outside in the sound, it was like another day with very light breezes on the inside. There we refueled and took it easy, staying two days while the weather sorted itself out. That Thursday (Nov. 15) was very windy, and even in this super protected marina, the winds were whipped up and boats were rocking in their slips. It must have been really whipped up out there on the Sound and Neuse River and we were happy to wait it out.
On Friday morning, things were settled down and we headed out and south in the Neuse River, then Adams Creek and ICW canal to Core Creek. We had not stayed in Beaufort NC on Mystic Star before, and had both been there many years before, so we headed for the city docks there and had a nice time walking around and finding a seafood dinner, which was great.
Weather was favorable for a run out in the ocean from there so we headed out early (for us) just before 0700 and before sunrise on Saturday. It was a 210 nm sail from there straight to Charleston Harbor. At first we had winds on the quarter but eventually came from dead astern at 10-12 kn making it impractical to sail. It was a decent overnight run with much milder temperatures and clear weather. By morning the wind backed to the north and we rolled out the genoa for the rest of the trip and anchored in Charleston Harbor near Fort Sumter by mid afternoon, Sunday (Nov. 18), after staying out of the way of a couple of huge container ships exiting the ship channel there.
Monday, Nov 19, we waited at anchor for just the right time after low tide at 1030 to make our way a few miles back up north on the ICW to Isle of Palms. Due to some neighborhood business we needed to be back home for a few weeks, so arranged to leave Mystic Star in the Isle of Palms Marina for up to a month. We made it there through reported shallow spots and under a fixed bridge with close clearance by mid afternoon and got set up to stay put there for awhile. Later in the week, we rented a car and drove home on Thanksgiving Day. The 11 hr drive went well and we arrived in time to join friends for a great Thanksgiving Dinner near home. Thank you Terry & Richard!
Once our business is taken care of, we now plan to fly back to Charleston on Dec 5 and continue our trip south after that. A complex itinerary, but working out so far.
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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
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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
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Created 23 January 2017
Georgetown Bahamas area, Nov 2016
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Created 27 November 2016