Onward Slowly

Victory Lap Week 5/8

Monday May 2, at 7:30am we departed Southport Marina along with s/v Revival with a favorable current.

Sunset TopSail Sound, where we anchored for the night.

For dinner, pan fried Mahi-Mahi topped with marinated raw tomatoes with red onion and cheesy mashed potatoes.

25 days to go.

Tuesday May 3, Rise and Shine, s/v Revival took this photo of us as they passed by where we are anchored early morning. They stopped at a marina last night.

On the way today, we noticed the voltage regulator was not working. As a result, the engine was not charging batteries. The solar panels and wind generator were still working though. Upon investigation, MacGyver Dan found a broken wire, thus it was an easy fix.

Anchor was dropped for the night near Sugarloaf Island in Morehead City just off the ICW in North Carolina.

Baked meatballs with linguine and a red sauce for dinner.

24 days to go.

Wednesday May 4, arrived in Oriental NC around noon. We were able to get a slip at the Oriental Harbor Marina, nestled between another sailboat and a large trawler.

The world is really that small. As we were sitting at the Tiki bar with a boat here from Alaska, up to us walks Igor! We first met in Reunion Island, October 2021, then saw him again in South Africa. He sailed single handed around the world, even rounded Cape Horn! Igor is originally from Ukraine and he lived in New Jersey.

23 days to go.

Thursday May 5, we had dinner Igor, it was great to catch up with him!

22 days to go,

Friday May 6, Happy Birthday Alyssa! Departed Oriental at 7:30am, destination Belhaven, NC. We would have stayed in Oriental till next week but the marina was booked as there are big winds coming from North.

Arrived in Belhaven around 2pm, just before the wind increased.

Dan has been noticing for several months a small amount of antifreeze under the engine. Upon further investigation he discovered a leaky hose on the engines fresh water pump, which is actually the pump for antifreeze not water. There is a marina store that carries Yanmar (the engine brand) parts, they said they could new hoses early next week. We will replace all three. Looks like we are here till the engine hoses get replaced.

The marina has golf carts to use for those staying here. We drove one around town then stopped at The Tavern at Jack’s Neck for dinner.

21 days to go.

Saturday May 7, sundowners on our boat with new friends, s/v No Problem, Robin and Joe, s/v Harvest Moon (IP 380) Christine and Neil.

Dan, Joe, Robin, Christine, Neil, Me

20 days to go.

Sunday May 8, there are big winds coming expect to last through Thursday.

Quick tour of the Manor, part of the River Forest Manor and Marina.

Dinner at the Tavern, joining us was Cindy and Kevin s/v Shenanigans who were docked next to us in Oriental. They walked in just as the six of us were sitting down so we all moved to a bigger table to include them.

front row: Kevin, Cindy, Robin, Christine, back row: Dan, Me, Joe, Neil

19 days to go.

3 thoughts on “Onward Slowly

  1. Love that you are enjoying your trip up the east coast and reuniting with old and new sailing friends. It’s quite a close knit community of welcoming and fun loving sailors!


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