|Suzy, Radeen and Nina on Island Spirit....|
Well....that is exactly what we did, just as planned. Lucky for us, we had the weather windows to make the legs, and we also studied the legs and the weather to make sure we were making the best runs at the best times. Sure enough, we did, and we feel very lucky. We are now on the ICW north of Beaufort anchored out on Bonner Bay. Tomorrow we will run 50+ miles into the Pungo Canal and on north. If all goes as planned, we will be in Portsmouth VA in a week, then onto the Chesapeake Bay and home to Rock Hall, MD completing year #3 of our Bahamas explorations.
We are having fun running with our boat buddy IP38 MOONDANCE, Bob and Nina who are very positive and lively friends. We also are now running with IP37 CAY PARAISIO, Dave and Suzy who are just as fun and lively so we have a fleet of IPs running north. What a great life out here cruising and exploring. Everyone is experiencing the same challenges and new discoveries of travel. It is a great way to travel, explore and live. We count our blessing of good health and a positive attitude every day.
Here are some photos of the days from Florida to North Caroline....
|Gulf Stream Sailing on watch off Florida running north|
|Set the whisker pole sailing dead down wind|
|Refueling 100 miles offshore|
|Good bye Florida, on to Georgia and South Carolina|
|Blue Water Sailing in the Gulf Stream|
|A WELCOME SIGHT, these are the range lights the guild you into Charleston Inlet|
You drive towards the lower light. When they line up vertically, you are in the channel.
|IP38 Moondance watches a container ship pass by off Charelston Maritime Center|
|While in Charelston, we tore apart the motor and brushes on the autopilot|
|Our B&G Autopilot torn apart....not a good thing|
|Sunset offshore heading north|
|Sunrise offshore heading north|
|A beautiful reflection out the galley port hole window|
|Cape Lookout as seen at sunrise|
|Sunrise at anchor in Cape Lookout, a beautiful view|
|Beaufort NC shrimp boat working the bottom|
|Beaufort NC, maritime center|
|Boat buddies, Nina IP38 Moondance and Dave IP37 Cay Paraiso|
|Snacks at our cocktail party|
|Boat Buddies, Bob IP38 Moondance, Suzy IP37 Cay Paraisio|
|Radeen with boat buddy Nina|
|Hayden with boat buddy Bob of IP38 Moondance|
|Check this warning my nav system warned me of while offshore! WOW|
|Follow our SPOT maps|
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