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...

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Dark and Wet

Pamlico 2016    May 5     
Day 2

Up at sunrise, I turned Annie south. Once we cleared Jones Bay and entered Pamlico Sound the wind picked up from the NE and the waves steadily grew. The clouds were low and dark and I got a bit apprehensive. Tacking downwind oriented better with the chop than running. The waves were 2 -3 ft in close intervals. Mid morning the wind clocked around to the east and carried us to Oriental on the Neuse River.


The Oriental harbor was protected and I rounded up on the city dock in front of the Bean Coffee House. The weather report was knarly, and even though it was early, I decided to lay up for the night. Put up the cockpit tent, worked on composition sketches and sat out a 3 hour downpour. Dinner at the local dockside grill with a Canadian sailor and a nice, quiet, chopless sleep.

30.6 k miles, 7.3 kt max speed over bottom, 4.9 average, 6.5 hr moving time.



  1. Great sketches Curt. Looking forward to more.

  2. Thanks Eddie... looking forward to painting them