Monday, June 23, 2008


Looking up through the main sail and jib sail.
If you look closely you can see the outline of two dolphins that swam under the boat.

Two salty steely eyed sailors

Me doing my best to not go overboard looking for our next marker.

Ocracoke light house, Martha and I got engaged here 9 years ago.

Some sailboats that were heading to Ocracoke as well.

No land in sight.

This past weekend was the summer solstice the longest period of daylight this year. Dad and I have always wanted to sail from Oriental to Ocracoke during this time and finally did so. My brother in law Nait, who is an impressive sailor was also part of our three man crew. The trip is roughly 48 nautical miles and takes around 8 hours one way. The trip there was an adventure as the winds and seas continued to build throughout the day, we finished the first leg racing a storm to port.Fortunately, we beat the storm and spent the night in Ocracoke. The trip back began at 5:25 am on Saturday, we made great time but ran into another storm on the way back in, this one not as bad as the first, mostly rain. I had a great time, learned alot about sailing and navigation and also gained a respect for the Pamlico Sound I would certainly to do it again;Dad says he has gotten this trip out of his system, but I bet we can get one more trip out of him.


Rachael said...

Yes, but did you fish for crab? It's not sailing if it isn't the deadliest catch right? Was the water at least cold?

4kids&luvit said...

Looks like fun! What a great "guy" trip!

dd said...

i bet that was pretty sweet. i assembled and sailed a 52 footer when i spent a summer in maine...but it was on a lake, not the ocean