Saturday, October 22, 2011

Wrightsville Beach, NC SM 283 to Milliken Cove, SC SM 342

The captain started his day by checking Oasis's engine fluids and topping it with  oil  and coolant. Then they departed Wrightsville Beach at 09:15 under sunny skies which lasted all day. Today's temperature  was in the 20 degrees celcius. With just 5 knots of wind mainly from the west, Oasis motored all day  with the use of the jib 50% of the time. Sailing through the ICW, even though the scenery along the route has similarities, the captain is always overwhelmed by new discoveries. Today was another milestone for Oasis and the crew. They change state. They sailed from the state of North Carolina  to the border of South Carolina's, at Milliken Cove at SM 342 where the captain set anchor at 16:45. Afterwards he and his brother took T-Ben, the dinghy, and went exploring the Calabash River, just on the other side of the state line in North Carolina.

Sand banks at the Snows Cut section, about 40 miles south of Wrightsville Beach, just before Carolina Beach.
As we can see, there is sand and remnants of old wood piles along the edge of the ICW.
Loading wharf extending in the ICW, before entering Southport. This loading facility is connected to the main land for  Oil Tank Storage.
Southport Marina, entering Southport located on the Cape Fear River.
Southport Harbour Village Marina, just before crossing the Holden Beach Bridge. (Route 130)
Old boat shed and boats located right around the bend just before the Holden Beach Bridge.
There were lots of sports fisherman boats located in Shallot Inlet just before Ocean Isle Beach. In the back, the Ocean Isle Bridge. (Route 904)
Close up view of the inlet, you can see the ocean in the back.
We intersected a ferry at the Little River Inlet and the ICW. Here "The Big Boat" rules, Oasis gave way for this one to go by.
Oasis anchored at Milliken Cove, South Carolina. The sailboat at the left of Oasis is a nice couple from Ottawa. They are also going south and they have a blog too. Their blog is as follow:
A water view of Calabash Village from the Calabash River.
Captain Jean Guy (with a beard), sightseeing in the village. Now you can guess what will be his Halloween costume. ( A Pirate)
Raymond in the shade under a palm tree. We see more palm trees as we head south.
Oasis at anchor with another beautiful sunset.

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