I continued west for several hours having shook out the reef wind increasing to 15 , full sail. We skirted the south edge of the prohibited area (large bombing sight) moving well at 5-6 knots with waves on the starboard stern quarter. Within 5 miles of of Bay River the wind picked up again gusting 20+ and I dropped the main and continued with 1/4 reefed headsail and mizzen.
|Luckless trolling across the Pamlico Sound|
Got a bit too close to Maw Point and had to face the now 4' waves (still 5 second interval!) and claw off to the SE. Very wet and exciting. Smoke from fires to the north had spread into my planned route to Bath up the Pamlico River so I decided to head south. The swells were quite big by our standards and as we clicked off miles we passed a number of yachts plying north along the Neuse/ICW. They were bashing into the waves and throwing nice bow spray.
|Rolling with the punches|
|Northbound exodus along the ICW|
I had decided not to chance Broad Creek and Paradise Marina where I had put in for there was no breakwater. Once Cedar Island started blocking the wind a couple of miles to the east the wind settled down. It became very overcast and rain looked eminent. It held dry and we turned north around the Oriental rock jetty at 4:30. I tied up to the Town Dock for the night and had a celebratory dinner at M&Ms... chorizo black bean quesadillas and you guessed it... Red Stripe! (46.5 miles today)
|Whooped but happy|