More of Charleston and Our Sail to Beaufort NC
Trip Start Dec 09, 2006
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Having seen the Blue Angels practicing from our vantage point on the boat, we decided to walk to the shore side viewing area for the Saturday performance and met Paul and Linda there. It was quite crowded, but fun. Afterwards, we walked through town with Paul and Linda, looking for a place for a casual late lunch and drinks
With Linda securing the single table, Dave ventured off towards the Deli – only to find Paul was detoured talking to the nice free-sample lady hawking small slices of toaster-oven-heated California Pizza Kitchen frozen pizzas. By the time Dave got there, resourceful Paul had already persuaded Mary, the sample lady, to cook a couple whole pizzas for us if we would get them from the frozen pizza cabinet and purchase them from the store. She gave Paul a couple of coupons worth $1 off each pizza. Being frugal “yachties”, this was too good to pass up. Dave and Paul selected the whole frozen pizzas, met up with Donna returning with a pint of Ben & Jerry’s, and together added bottled water for all of us, quickly being served at the express cashier line
On Sunday, we watched the Blue Angels performance from the boat at anchorage and eagerly awaited the continuation of autopilot troubleshooting the next morning. The electronics technician called early Monday morning. He reported both control heads bench tested fine and he wanted to do some more troubleshooting on board. After reconnecting the control heads and the technician’s rudder reference transducer from his shop, the autopilot appeared to be fixed
On Wednesday, April 21 the weather was right for departing Charleston and to begin challenging the three treacherous capes of North Carolina – Cape Fear, Cape Lookout, and Cape Hatteras. Our original intent for the 21st was to round Cape Fear and head for Wrightsville Beach, NC near where Dave had lived in the early 90’s in Wilmington, and where he was familiar with the Masonboro Inlet to gain entry to the Wrightsville Beach area harbor. But the NW wind forecast was very good for continuing further to Beaufort, NC (another 60 miles up the coast from Wrightsville Beach) after rounding Cape Fear. This would be better than sailing 25 miles directly upwind to Wrightsville Beach after rounding the Cape. It was pretty much a slow downwind run to Cape Fear and we uneventfully rounded it before dawn on the 22nd. Turning the corner around the Cape gave us a better wind angle and we continued to our alternate destination of Beaufort as planned with quite a bit more speed.
We think our improved speed may have been the reason the fishing got good. Within a couple of hours after daybreak we started catching Little Tunnys (aka False Albacore). Dave was half way through cleaning the first one when two more were caught in quick succession. He managed to get these three cleaned before being “interrupted” again. Seeing the big pile of fillets from the first three fish all ready for the freezer, Dave threw the next two fish back. He needed a rest. We arrived at Beaufort, NC and anchored in Taylor Creek by 6:00 pm on April 22.