Cast off Potter's Marina on North Creek at 10:35, light overcast with southwest wind, motoring through the maze of crab pots. In a open area I go to raise the main and something is wrong. It takes me longer than I like to realize I switched the halyards on the main, connecting the peak halyard to the throat and the throat halyard to the peak. Full sail at 11:00, 3.6 down the creek towards the Pamlico River.
On the Pamlico River 11:45, 3.2 and then with a little more wind 4.3 with a spitting rain and dark cloud above. Feels like a small storm trying to form but nothing comes of it. I slip on my foul weather bibs. A little more rain, 5.0 kts.
A can of tuna and crackers for lunch at noon, 6.2 down the Pamlico. 12:20 more sun, less wind, and soon I can pick out Wade Point in the distance. We are just a couple hundred yards off the north shore of the Pamlico. Bright orange on a pier catches my eye: a scarecrow wearing an orange shirt. Making 3.3.
At 12:50 dark clouds and rain up the Pamlico River. Make Wade Point and enter the Pungo River at 1:00, some rain and then clearing. 4.3. Sailing downwind so partially raise the cb. Loud crack of thunder to the west.
Green marker 3 at 2:35, thunderstorms all around and very dark skies to the north.
1:45 turn to Slade Creek looking for shelter with thunder and lighting around. Make Sand Point at 1:55 just and the wind picks up ahead of the storm.
Drop main at 2:10 and sail in to Allison Creek. Anchor just inside the mouth of the creek, then raise anchor and motor farther up the creek for better protection. 2:20 anchor down. At 3:15 a line of thunderstorms moves through. Calm once they are gone. Think of raising sail again but forecast shows a chance of another line of storms at 4:30. Decide to spend the night on the creek.
Second line of thunderstorms never arrives. Spicy sausage and pasta for dinner.