Rain in the early morning hours, fog at sunrise. Dry and comfortable inside the tent I listen to weather radio. Rain and chance of thunderstorms for the morning, rain and chance of thunderstorms for the afternoon. And the forecast for today is the same for tomorrow, the next and the one after that.
I think about sailing west up the Pamlico to Washington, but the idea of walking around the waterfront wearing foul weather gear doesn't appeal to me. Been there, done that in both Bath and Belhaven. I think about sailing east on the Pamlico to Bluff Point, the jumping off spot for Ocracoke Island. But there is no way I'm sailing across the sound with thunderstorms in the forecast.
It is time to go home. We motorsail down the river, skies beginning to clear about 7:30. I can see thunderstorms forming over the land on the north side of the Pamlico. My goal is to get back to Goose Island Creek dry and comfortably. The wind is out of the NNE and with sail and outboard we make a steady 6 mh.
I thank Shawn for his hospitality and head home.
total miles - 173.7
max speed - 8.9 mh (sailing down West Bay with a squall behind me)
average speed - 3.9 mh