Cast off from Beaufort waterfront 6:00. No wind and markers show an ebb tide that will work against me headed north.
Pass under the high rise bridge, glass calm water. 6:40 a light north wind arrives, not helping at all.
Move to the east side of the channel as a tug and barge comes out of Core Creek. In Core Creek at 7:15.
I look to the stern and see GODDESS, a beautiful sleek 58' motor yacht out of Providence, Rhode Island. Someone is on the aft deck taking photographs of SPARTINA. I shake my head and laugh at the thought of someones on that boat wanting a photograph of a little yawl built in a garage. GODDESS comes up alongside and slows down, a gentleman leaning out of asking about SPARTINA'S design. I tell him it is a Pathfinder design from New Zealand. He smiles, says "We've got a captain from Australia, is that good enough?" I laugh and say yes. And the motor yacht powers ahead.
Further up we pass the wreckage of a shrimp boat, hurricane victim I imagine. By 8:50 making only 2.6 against the current. The tide, much stronger and longer lasting than expected, had fooled me.
By 9:15 less current, making 3.8 under power. Sails up at 10:25 on Adams Creek, motor sailing to the Neuse River. Dolphins everywhere as the creek bends to the west. Everywhere, that is, except in the frame of my camera.
11:00 full sail leaving Adams Creek, a single tack to pass the shoals on the Southside and then close-hauled across the Neuse, 4.0. I point higher than expected and see that Oriental is directly ahead. A wonderful sail across the wide river and the wind carries me right inside the breakwater. Docked Oriental 12:30.
A Ceasar salad makes for a light lunch. Peaches and cream ice cream along with a glass of iced tea from The Bean as I fill out my logbook on the patio at Oriental Marina & Inn. A cold beer from the Tiki Hut, then shrimp and grits for dinner at The Toucan Grill. How nice.
21.27 NM for the day