Jeff Keynon, Commodore
If you are anything like me, you are wondering what day it is just about every day. You are also wondering what else 2020 can throw at us. By that I mean hurricane “ees-ah-EE-ahs”. It came and went in time to mess up the originally planned Lazy Days Cruise. Thankfully, all of the preparations to ward off the storm worked, and left debris but minimal damage around Oriental. I hope that is true for you and your property.
Not to be quitters, we quickly made a backup plan to conduct the cruise the next weekend. River Dunes was very accommodating with slips and the pavilion for people to drive to the social on Saturday. Given the shift in date and not all boats returned from hurricane mode, we have 7 boats for the weekend, and 25 people at the social. I am really struck how much we miss social interaction, when we get a chance to see people we have not for a while, just catch up, share a story, and have some fun. NSA did all of that during the Lazy Days Cruise! Some photos are below.
Next up is the Labor Day Cruise to Ocracoke, or as the Weather Channel likes to call it “Corncrake Island”. Oh, we are going to have some fun with that! We have strong interest in this cruise, and the cruise captain is looking at ways to have some fun, keep us safe, and safely distanced. I hope to see you there and am ordering up fantastic weather – beam reach there and back.
Until then, I hope you are doing well, enjoying some time on your boat, and staying safe!
Carl Crothers, VC Cruising
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Chip and Honey Johnson
Ahoy NSA from Manhasset Bay!
What a crazy year, 2020, for all of us. It is so cool to see the club keeping the spirit and managing to have as much fun as ever.
Almost time for @sailingsoundwave to start heading south. Many of you are thinking of cruising south this fall/winter, come on! You can do it. Thought this might be helpful to folks sailing to Florida and the Keys.
We love to anchor out, or swing on a mooring. Beautiful places and budget friendly. The best sleeping in a sea breeze with hatches open into the wind...
So, here is a connect-the-dots list of curated anchorages and moorings that will let you sail from Oriental to Key West without using a marina overnight.
These waypoints assume 3 things:
- you can hold 5 knots, ICW or ocean
- you can do a 24-hour passage in the ocean
- you have a generator or solar/wind. We use our fridge a lot, and every amp-hour is precious. If you can not make a lot of DC, you will probably need shore power every 3rd day or so.
Please check out the blog post with the coordinates and comments on 25 anchorages that will get you to Key West without needing a dock!