"The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in
its net of wonder forever."—Jacques Cousteau

May 16, 2013

May 15 - Southport, NC

Southport Marina

It was another short day on the water. The day was beautiful but very windy. Our plan was to stay at one of the free docks at the restaurants along the water and then make the short trip over to Bald Head Island tomorrow, but the high winds made it impossible to get into the small slips the restaurants have. We decided to stay at the town marina, which was a good choice...they had three guys on the dock to help us get in. With wind gusts between 25-30 MPH docking was a real challenge. We were tied up by 2:00 and we had the rest of the day to relax. The marina is close to the historic part of town, but we stayed close to the boat. The wind made it too uncomfortable to do much exploring. We may have to cancel our plans to visit Bald Head Island...the high winds that are predicted would make it too hard to get there and too uncomfortable to spend time on the beach. We'll have to put it on our list of things to do on our way south next fall. Weather plays the biggest part in boating plans…sometimes it even changes thing drastically. You have to learn to go with the flow when you're cruising. 

This part of the ICW, just north of Myrtle Beach is known as the Rock Pile. The ICW is narrow here and lined by rocks.
The Atlantic Ocean. This is close to the Sunset Beach Inlet
These homes are on the water, but what a long walk they have to their boats.
Holden Beach
The Pearl waiting on the winds to die down
A video of the ICW in North Carolina...less trees, because we are closer to the ocean in this section of the waterway.

1 comment:

  1. We stayed at the Southport free dock hard to get off or onboard depending on the tide. I thought the town was one of the prettiest I've seen in a long time.