WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, N.C.

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Sunday, May 17, 2009

WE LEFT SOUTH PORT EARLY HAD A BIG RUN.WE HAD TO NAVIGATE THE CAPE FEAR RIVER TO SNOWS CUT.THIS WAS A 12 MILE UPSTREAM  RUN  BEST TO USE COMPASS COURSES FOR EACH LEG TO ASSIST IN IDENTIFYING THE NAVIGATIONAL AIDS THAT MARK THE COURSE.THE TIDE CHANGED RIGHT BEFORE SNOWS CUT TO GIVE US AN EXTRA KNOT OR TWO OF SPEED.SNOWS CUT IS A CUT THROUGH AN ANCIENT SAND DUNE AND IS ERODING OVER TIME  INTO THE OTHERWISE WELL-DREDGED CHANNEL.THERE WAS ANOTHER 12 MILES  THROUGH A SUCCESSION OF MARSHY SLOUGHS.WE ALWAYS ENJOY THE ICW THROUGH NORTH CAROLINA IT RUNS SO CLOSE TO THE OCEAN ALMOST THE ENTIRE LENGTH OF THE STATE,SO YOU ARE ALWAYS GETTING BEAUTIFUL GLIMPSES OF THE OCEAN AND SANDY BEACHES AS YOU ARE CONTINUING UP THE COAST.WE HAVE SEEN SO MANY CANADIAN GEESE HONKING OVER HEAD AND WITH YOUNG.WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH IS ONE OF THE BUSIEST STOPS ON THE ICW WITH MANY RESTAURANTS,MARINAS AND SAND AND SURF.THERE ARE MANY GREAT PLACES TO ANCHOR WITH DINGY DOCKS,SHOPPING AND CLOSE TO THE BEACH.WE ARE REALLY ENJOYING THE CRUISE THIS YEAR MANY NEW PLACES AND GREAT PEOPLE.LIKE THE OLDER COUPLE ON THE 120 FT YACHT "SILVER SHALIS"EQUIPPED WITH CHEF AND CREW.WE WERE INVITED TO GO OVER CHARTS OF MAINE TO GET SOME FIRST HAND INFORMATION AND SHOWN THEIR FAVORITE PORTS.THERE IS A GREAT SHOPPING STORE HARRIS TEETER AND THEY HAVE FANTASTIC PRICES AND GOURMET FOODS.WE REALLY ENJOY SHOPPING THERE(SORRY PUBLIX).OUR NEXT STOP WILL BE SWANSBORO,N.C.
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