Wow can someone educate me on going south?
Just sailed from Connecticut to Wilmington NC and got our butts kicked around Hatteras.
Have never seen anything like it in my life. The Stream was right on the beach. In fact we passed Diamond Shoals within a half mile and was barley making it with both engines running full speed with wind
on the nose. Tried to stay in less than 70 feet of water
because the current
was so strong. Any depth
over 100 feet we came almost to a stand still. Apparently all commercial
traffic was hugging the beach also. A few 1000 foot bulk carriers with their 100 foot beams were very close. Guess they were trying to save fuel
. Love my AIS!!
Has anyone ever experienced this?
Never again, have only rounded one time previously and that was heading north. In the future will cross stream north of Hatteras then cross again to get to Wilmington.
Checking the stream data does show variation on how close it gets to shore but until last week I had no idea it was that close.
We had a weather
window so we went for it only to be battered by the stream. The ICW
was not an option with the current
flooding and a 62 ft. mast
After Hatteras the wind
veered to the NW at 20-30 and had a welcomed slay ride to Wilmington.
Was this Stream encounter common?