Loooong Days on the ICW!!

North of Charleston the “plan” was to sail outside for three long day trips, go up the Cape Fear River and arrive in Carolina Beach, NC.  Well, we left Charleston harbor and found ourselves in smooth waters and light breezes off the beam.  After a few hours we realized that if we were willing to sail slow, we could stay out all night and arrive at the bottom of the Cape Fear at sunrise and continue up to Carolina Beach that afternoon.  It was really a very nice night of all sailing.  Carolina Beach was FREEZING!!  Fortunately, fellow cruisers Jill & Dave on JillyQ, who have a home nearby, picked us up, brought us to their warm house and fed us a delicious homemade soup for dinner.  A couple days later we were on our way north outside to Beaufort, NC and  three more days to Hampton, VA on the ICW.  We passed mile zero of the ICW and are officially in the Chesapeake.  Dan’s sister, Beth & husband, Rich are kind enough to pick us up from this stop and bring us to their lovely home in Williamsburg.  This always feels like spa time after 7 months on the boat.  Great family catch up time, looong hot showers, sleeping in their beautiful guest room and of course, laundry…  They brought us back to the boat this afternoon and we had my cousin, John Lamb and wife, Michele for happy hour.  Love being able to connect with family along the way!!

We’ll be back underway tomorrow and hope to be up Annapolis way on the weekend.  We’re making really good time but don’t want to get home before it warms up a bit – did I mention that we picked up a heater????

Good times in Virginia – had to have crab cake sandwiches!

Traveling the ICW

Springtime in Hampton

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Hopefully my last freezing picture!!

About cruisingwithcuttingclass

Taught for 30 years, now enjoying the cruising life from New England to the Bahamas!
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