From the Low Country of South Carolina to the Cypress trees of the Waccamaw, Alligator and the Pasquotank Rivers to the salt marsh of the Outer Banks and the wide open Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds, sailing the Carolina coast provides the cruising boater with a wonderful variety either enjoying a peaceful ride along a narrow canal or a spirited sail across the sound. This year’s north bound transit for Stormy Petrel saw a fair share of Gale warnings as well as days of the beautiful cloudless clear Carolina Blue sky. The beaches of Cape Lookout Bight are amazing with miles of sand dunes and the horses of Shackleford Banks to the north of the anchorage. Beaufort SC and Beaufort NC, though as different as their pronunciations, are both great stops along the way. Many of the towns of North Carolina welcome boaters with free docks, such a contrast to Florida’s attempt to ban anchoring in several popular spots. Visits with friends along the way are always a highlight of our cruising life.
As we are getting ready to leave North Carolina and head for Virginia and the Chesapeake Bay, we look forward to our return next fall.