Oriental,NC to Belhaven,NC
Florida to Rhode Island - Day 19
We pulled the anchor and departed from Oriental at 0750 hours and headed out of Oriental and to the Neuse River… forecast was for SW winds 10-15 increasing to 20 knots… as we left there was virtually no wind… the Neuse was very calm and it stayed that way the entire time we were on it. At the north end when we turned in the Bay River the winds started kicking up and we started seeing the 20 knot winds with some higher gusts… but within 30 minutes we were in the lee of the land and the wind was not affecting us at all.
Saw a lot of commercial traffic today… we passed several tugs pushing barges… there were a few cruisers as well… was nice seeing some interesting boat traffic… something besides the 20-30 SeaRay and Bayliner boats. We made contact via VHF with a sailboat that we have been together with at Block Island the last two summers… George aboard SOPHIA… don’t know his last name… we are going to try and get together with him some place along the way north… timing has not worked out so far to do anything but talk on the VHF.
We called the day a little short stopping the Belhaven, NC area… ahead we have the A & P Canal, the Alligator River and Albemarle Sound and no where to stop that we really enjoy… there is Alligator River Marina but for some reason we just do not enjoy stopping there. We normally stop at the top of the Pungo River and anchor just before entering the A & P Canal.. this time we decided to stop at Dowry Creek Marina on the Pungo River. We had not been there in a long time and it’s a nice marina. They give MTOA members a discount on dockage and they have a happy hour that all the boats in the marina attend… its fun having a few drinks, some appetizers and exchange stories of our travels with others.
We pulled in and docked at Dowry Creek Marina at approximately 1420 hours and we did go to happy hour and enjoyed it very much. Our approximate location for the evening is N35°32.041’, W076°32.101’.
Today we traveled for 6 hours and 30 minutes covering 43.88 nautical miles averaging 6.75 knots.