Saturday, April 22, 2017

Headed to Beaufort NC

We met this guy just after departing the marina! HUGE!

After three fun-filled, very busy days in Wilmington NC we threw off the bow lines this morning (4/22/17) and headed north!  We left our friends Jeff & Brenda aboard Santori since they were waiting for a repair to be completed.
The USS NORTH CAROLINA as seen from our fly bridge
Other than touring the USS NORTH CAROLINA we didn’t explore Wilmington.  The Cape Fear Marina was a fabulous stop but not walking distance to anything. We used Uber for the grocery store trip – LOVE Harris Teeter!! – and stayed at the marina. Peter Jensen Kurki – Commodore of Business Development – with Bennett Brothers Yachts could not have been a better host!  He was more than hospitable, full of local knowledge and eager to know “what else can I do?”  We have a t shirt to prove it! LOL!!

I think George Jetsen lives here!!
It was a windy, sunny and current filled 70.7 miles completed in exactly 9 hours…WHEW!!  We are safely anchored in Mile Hammock Bay – between Wrightsville Beach and Moorhead City NC.  This particular bay is frequently used for “military maneuvers” with Camp LeJeune.  They requested we use our anchor light at night “due to military activity”.  Well, we certainly will!!  The shoreline is restricted military property – so no church in the morning!

Our backyard for the night
It was an uneventful trip we enjoyed the sights and sounds of Wrightsville Beach.  You can certainly feel the spring fever in the air!  The recreational & fishing boat traffic is on the increase – that may cause us to rethink our weekend cruising – and the race season is fully underway!

Paddle Boards & Kayaks as far as the eye could see - yep, we traveled at 'no wake' speed!
While we are expecting rain showers this evening, nothing severe; our plan is to head out Sunday morning and dock in Beaufort (remember it’s BOW’fort) NC.  The Sunday evening forecast shows a little stronger possibility of “disagreeable weather”- better safe than scary!  We hope to spend a little time in Beaufort NC if for no other reason than to compare it to Beaufort SC!  Crazy, I know - it's part of the adventure!

God Bless!
Can you find the giraffe??  It's there!!

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