Monday, November 17, 2014
Stormy layover in Bellhaven
With an unfavorable weather forecast and a night of 31 degrees we regretfully decided to abandon plans for Roanoke Island and headed straight south on the ICW first to Alligator River Marina, and then down the Pungo River and Canal to Bellhaven. Enjoyed a two hour sail across Abermarle Sound with following north winds and some beautiful marshland scenery but lots of narrow areas of tree stumps and shoals to navigate. Cloudy weather limited photo opportunities; but we do keep reconnecting with fellow travelers Express Mail and S/V Daruma both of whom we first met in Hampton and they are here in Bellhaven to sit out the high southeast winds and rain today for a more favorable wind direction tomorrow to Oriental.
Our updated short term plan is 3 days in Beaufort and then the last 10 days of November or so cruising the Carolinas back to some of our favorite spots. Then December through Georgia and Florida with the plans about two weeks later than initially intended, to now cross to the Bahamas around mid Jan.