There used to be a bunch of trailer sailors that did coastal trips in small boats in North Carolina
. The website is www.ncsail.org
. Many of us have moved up to bigger boats over the years and the site traffic is low.
I've sailed to Cape Lookout in a Hobie 16 from Beaufort
. Sailed to Ocracoke
in a Starwind 19. Potters have crossed the sound. Its all about weather windows. With good conditions, its easy. In bad conditions there is nowhere to hide. Bad is wind at 20 knots and higher.
A group is sailing from the Oriental area the up coming holdiay weekend to Ocracoke. This trip will put you out of site of land for about 30 minutes to an hour.
In October we do a trip called Pirates where we sail from Beaufort
to Cape Lookout, have a cookout and sail back. Several noobs go and some even come back next year! (Some get scared and give up sailing forever!)
PM me for more information. I had to ask someone how to sail the sounds the first time. Things you MUST have: radio, even handheld, charts
, good anchor
, wear a life jacket. You'd be surprised the number of people that think they can call the Coast Guard on their cell phone
if they get in trouble. I have never seen a cell tower in the middle of the Pamlico Sound. Also the biggest danger
is falling off the boat alone. Every year a ghost boat is found in the sound with no one on it!
Do not plan on sailing in or out of the ocean channel at Ocracoke! It is for expereinced people only with local knowledge! You can launch at Cedar Island and follow the ferry route
to Ocracoke for the shortest distance.
A much better trip is Beaufort to Lookout. Launch at Taylor Creek ramp
, stay at the Town Docks and sail out to Lookout.