The Adventure Continues….

We arrived in Beaufort and secured a slip at the Beaufort Docks. Our slip was adjacent to the main bulkhead and we had front row seats for the Friday night entertainment.

Great fun with the best seats in town… in Firecrackers’ cockpit.
The next morning we still had some nasty weather offshore so the decision was made to bypass rounding Cape Hatteras and continue up the ICW to Norfolk, VA. This would be a little more ICW than we had planned for but better than sailing in the conditions predicted for offshore.
After leaving Beaufort NC we crossed the Neuse River and Palmico Sound and entered the Pungo – Alligator Canal. We had no wind and the sights along the canal were breathtaking at sunrise. Below are a few photos taken just after sunrise.

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Morning OJ, Pungo River style.

In Norfolk we stayed at the Little Creek Marina for a few days waiting for weather once again but it was worth the wait. We had a great run from Norfolk to New York City where we sailed by the Statue of Liberty and transited the East River. One section of the East River is Hell’s Gate. It is essential to time your passage through Hell’s Gate to coincide with the current flowing in the direction you are traveling. The current at its peak can be in excess of 5 knots. If we were to try and travel against the current we would be hard pressed to reach a speed of 3 knots, making it a very long passage.
Seeing the New York skyline from the water is very special. Below are a few photos.

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We decided to bring the boat to Branford to haul out at the Brewer’s Yacht Yard as it is less than 10 minutes from home and they were gracious in allowing me to do all the maintenance needed on Firecracker. She needed some new bottom paint and I needed to buff the topsides and complete some other minor projects necessary after our two winters in the Bahamas.

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Cleaning the tannins that are in the waters of the ICW.