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.