Ft Pierce – Wilmington Passage Pictures

We’ve been in Wilmington since Wednesday evening.  It’s been a busy few days.  We’ve pulled off the fuel injection pump, visited USS North Carolina (BB-55), and made a trek to one of the pillars of Eastern North Carolina BBQ.

Here are a few pictures from the passage to NC.

Greg usually takes the first night watch with Hannes and Anna.

First Night Watch, Ft. Pierce to Wilmington

First Night Watch, Ft. Pierce to Wilmington

The extra light into the evening is really nice on the first night watch.  Back in November, the sun set well before the first watch began.  Most of this trip was upwind.  This was the typical view out of the cockpit.

Passage to Wilmington

Passage to Wilmington

We arrived at the Cape Fear River inlet Wednesday morning.  The flood had just begun.  We couldn’t have planned a better time to arrive.  Still, with wind out of the south near 20 kts, the water was ripping over the bar next to the entrance.  The solid white made for quite a show.

Cape Fear River Inlet

Cape Fear River Inlet

The river is narrow with a few bends.   In the channel, there is about 35 feet of water, but it shoals steeply at the edges.  The current really rips.  We had probably about 4 kts on the flood.  Our challenge was to slow down as much as possible since the second of two bridges wouldn’t open for us until 1800.  We sailed with a partially furled staysail.

Sailing up the Cape Fear River

Sailing up the Cape Fear River

The Cape Fear River is both industrial as at the shipping terminal in the picture above, and incredibly rural and natural.

Cape Fear River, NC

Cape Fear River, NC

The narrowness of the channel create some interesting crossings with the larger, commercial vessels.

Abu Dhabi Star bound for sea

Abu Dhabi Star bound for sea

Once you arrive in Wilmington, USS North Carolina dominates the western shore.

USS North Carolina, Cape Fear River

USS North Carolina, Cape Fear River

We made it to Wilmington with about 45 minutes to wait for the Isabel S Homes drawbridge.  Bennett Brothers sits just past the bridge.

Isabel S Holmes Bridge, Cape Fear River

Isabel S Holmes Bridge, Cape Fear River

Hurrah is secured in a slip a Bennett Brothers while we wait for the fuel injector pump to arrive back from the pump repair shop.

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