Feels good to be back on the water plotting courses, following the course, evaluating the situation, modifying the plan, seeking safe harbour and finding it.
Ahh all the elements are there. LOVE IT..
Bubbles and we left the Marina near 8am this morning. Destination Campbell Creek anchorage near Hoboken around 4pm today.
We left the marina easily in a slight breeze. Motor sailed down the Neuse easily in 10+ kts. All was well till we passed the Ferry crossing then the wind piped up to near 20 with higher gusts. The water white capped around us. The waves grew to 2 - 3 feet and higher and NATURALLY - on the nose.. We where headed and dropped the sail and motored into it. Our enclosure protected us from the spray but Bubbles was taking it pretty hard. We decided to duck into Clubfoot Creek and then up into Mitchell Creek for protection from the North wind which was much higher than predicted.
The water was high in the anchorage area but the wind was gusting. We thought we could raft up but nixed the idea because of the gusts. We anchored just pass the bend in Mitchells and Bubbles just behind us - gosh only 11am..
I set to fixing a leak on the back stay strap. We had nearly 20 inches of rain here in the last 2 days from TS Nicole. I cleaned it out and recaulked it. One of the lights under the solar panel had filled with water so I drained it, dried it, and recaulked that light.
The deck light was not working so I pulled out the ol ATM Top Climber and had Craig come and back me up and I scaled the mast to the first spreader and wiggled the lamp - yeah it works again!! Unfortunately I'll have plenty of stiff muscles tomorrow from that exercise. The Top Climber is clearly a YOUNG MANS appliance.
Dovie and Karen played Quiddler and Craig and I talked. He was concerned about Bubbles dancing on the anchor so he went over and played with his main until the motion was acceptable. Then I picked him up and we went to Matthews Point and visited with Vic.. Ohh boy he was pumped and will be leaving on his 4th cruise to the Bahamas in 2 weeks. Damn I wish I was going again. Nice visit and we thoroughly enjoyed talking to Vic.
Dovie invited us to a spaghetti dinner on Bubbles tonight and it was very good. Afterwards it was Mexican Train and Farkle to the wee hour of 8:30pm. We were whipped and headed back to Temptation for the night.
Time to catch up on this log and read a little - I'm reading Family at Sea by John Caldwell -- very good.
Well back to the book and then an early bed tonight.