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 23, 2016

Up the Core Sound

Pamlico 2016    May 7    
Day 4

Oatmeal and hot tea at 0600. Motored on flat water to Harkers Island Bridge, hailed on Channel 13. Jockeyed tight buoys into Core Sound and picked up a soft, cool breeze from the SE. Incredibly beautiful, sunny, tide with me.

Harkers Island

North through Middle Sound, broad reaching and running downwind wing in wing at 5 knots. Ran aground in the spoils off Marker 25. Got free and anchored off town of Atlantic for lunch.

At 1300 started north again in Caribbean blue water toward Thorofare Bay. Wind clocked to W and put up a mean chop, 15-20 kts against us. Hove to half way in and double reefed. Tacked for a couple hours making slow progress. Motored at low throttle through Thorofare Canal to conserve dwindling gas supply; bucking headwind at 2.5 kt speed.


Lunch off Atlantic

Atlantic, NC

Cedar Island looking north along the canal

Continued to Long Sound , anchoring in a feeder creek against the west-protected marsh.
36 naut. miles, 10.5 hrs. moving time, 3.4 kt average, 7.9 kts max over bottom

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