Since 1978 I have been fortunate to sail wooden boats. In 2006 I set out to find a Drascombe Longboat Cruiser for single-handed expedition sailing. This is the continuing story of how it came to be, our adventures, notes on the maritime world and other things I don't want to forget...


Monday, May 27, 2019

Old Article

Looking through the bookcase I found this old article that reminded me of good times. Thought I would add it to this log so as not to misplace again...






Sunday, May 26, 2019

Backroads

May 20 Thursday

We pulled out around 0800 just as Steve Earley was pulling up to launch Spartina. We all chatted and he rigged as we made ready for the road. With a goodbye to Conway, Noah drove us back to Richmond. I opted for the backroads and to head home so I could have my workshop to make a number of repairs. It was a good week with near perfect weather. Looking forward to another adventure with Noah. I think he might be up for it.

Loaded for the Tow Home
(photo by Steve Earley)
Trip total 248 SMiles, 216 NM

Friday, May 24, 2019

Stretching Out the Glide

May 20 Thursday     5th day on water

Out Bath Creek at 0900. Caught ESE breeze up Pamlico River. Made Little Washington at 1400, hungry. Tied up at city dock and went into town for lunch of fish and crab cakes. Full house and quite noisy. We walked north to find engine oil and returned to Annie to cast off. Had dropped off appreciably and needed to motor 1/3 of the return. Wind picked up again from SSE 10-12 kts. Made the creek entrance at twilight and anchored in the creek past Potters Marine for the night.



A great place to be



Across from our anchorage


Daily total 39 NMiles, 45 SMiles








Thursday, May 23, 2019

Sleigh Ride

May 19 Thursday     4th day on water

0800 North on Broad Creek and through Turnagain Bay. Wind ESE light. Reached out east of Prohibited Area. Considered another attempt at Ocracoke, thought better of it and anchored mid- Pamlico Sound for a nice swim at 1200.

Noah at the helm

Broad reach NW toward mouth of Pamlico River. Wind increased to 15 with 20 gusts. Ran up the river full sail, wing and wing as the tide turned in our favor. Surfing down 2-3 ft waves with the rig humming. Recorded  8.9 knot max over the bottom.


Up the Pamlico River



Wing and wing


Chose Durham Creek on the south shore to anchor for the night but decided not due to adjacent paper mill. Continued west to Bath Creek and dropped inside at 2015 hrs. Katmandu Curry for dinner. Quite a snappy day.

Daily total 47 NMiles , 54 SMiles



Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Colorless Markers

Wednesday May 8

Another still morning. I look down into clear blue water and then pan across a long ribbon of sand. Fifty yards or so away a small tent is set up. It's early but the two young inhabitants are alternately walking back and forth from the site to the inlet edge with fish they are pulling in one after another. Before long, small boats are anchoring nearby their spot to get in on the action.




We heated up Breakfast Skillet and have a cup of coffee with a dash of Irish. Determined to not run aground we start back to the entrance buoy and begin winding into the bight south toward anchored sailboats in the distance. Having read that there were channel changes after the somewhat recent hurricanes, I asked a fisherman if it was clear through to Core Banks. He affirmed and we pressed on.

Motored until turning north by the lighthouse then caught the ESE breeze that was picking up. Moved into Core Sound and saw that all the charted markers on the seaward side were bare except for a black and white sign stating Danger Shoaling. The reds and greens had been removed. We were making good way and keeping well to port just in case. Broad reach and close-hauled the entire sound. Intense sun encouraged us to cover up, towels coming in handy.


Cape Lookout Light



Core Sound










By 1500 we had passed the fishing village of Atlantic and decided to abort a previous idea to continue NNE to Ocracoke. It would be dark by the time we would make our approach and that seemed risky. Instead we ran up into Thorofare Bay and the canals by Cedar Island. The SE wind funneled up the route and only needed to motor through the short Old Canal. Anchored far up Broad Creek at 1900 and enjoyed a beautiful night.


Along Old Canal



Time out

Day total  42 NM, 48 SM



Tuesday, May 21, 2019

South to the Ocean

Tuesday May 7

Woke in a still creek. After oatmeal and coffee we motored out under the bridge and into the Neuse River heading south. Picked up a slight breeze from the north and slowly tacked off the wind toward Adams Creek and the cut beyond. This route is part of the Intracoastal Waterway. The northerly held and we sailed, mostly wing and wing the entire way to Beaufort.

Wake up call

It was a sunny day and the temp climbed, encouraging Noah to take a swim. I threw a line over but as he was towed Annie all but stopped. So Noah had a good swim abeam as we slipped along. The run was nice and uneventful... most of the big yachts slowing as we sailed past.





The ditch opened into Core Creek and then the Newport River before going under the new bridge into Beaufort. When we arrived we tied up at the courtesy dock, refilled a water jug and went through the North Carolina Maritime Museum. Returning to the boat I checked the tides and noticed that it would be slack in the inlet in 30 minutes, 1545. It was still early afternoon so we decided to head for Point Lookout.

The wind had clocked around and was 15 kt ESE with 20 gusts. Once we had made #10 sea buoy double-reefed, we started tacking close hauled into the wind. Seas were running 4-5 feet with easy intervals. After a couple of short tacks east I reckoned that if we were going to make the inlet inside Cape Lookout we needed to tack out far. The first took us offshore 5.5 miles and on the return tack to Shackleford Banks we were half way to our easterly goal. The next set took us to the entrance marker as the sun set at 1945.

Shrimper










After running aground inside and pulling off we anchored close behind a fresh spit that had formed near the entrance. Ate and slept well.


Calm behind the spit


Day total 40.9 nm, 47 sm