Looking at picking weather
patterns for going north from Daytona, FL to More Head
City, NC starting April 1.
We will have my wife and I plus my inexperienced but strong 37 yr old son as crew. We prefer to sail but not pound into weather
to test ourselves - read fair weather sailors. Our boat is a Sceptre 41, cruiser not racer
, in good condition with no know problems. Jib
is a 130 on a roller, hanked on staysail, and an older main with 2 slab reefing points. Below deck
auto pilot and Cape Horn wind vane
The plan is to do the ICW
for a two day shakedown to St Augustine then offshore
to Charleston (205 KM) with an option to go in at St Marys/Fernandina Beach (65KM) and hold up at Cumberland Island for a rest and a reset of the weather window then on to Charleston.
After getting to Charleston our next leg goes around Frying Pan Shoals and in at Morehead City
and on to the Nuse River to stop for a time which is a total of 240 KM. (we've done this passage
1 time each way in the past)
In looking at current
weather trying to get a handle on how to pick the right time to leave in a couple of weeks I've noticed that as cold fronts go through the wind
goes NNE on the heels of the frontal passage
. A couple of days later it clocks more to the east, then SE which is much more favorable. This seems (?) to give us an acceptable weather window for both offshore
legs before the next front comes through.
Any experience getting out the inlet at St Augustine in a mid-teens kph east wind
Any other words of wisdom?