We have our sailboat (45ft yawl) in the Deale Md, Chesapeake bay
area for the next couple of seasons. This May, we plan on doing a loop trip through NC. and back. By Loop. I mean down to Beaufort
, and back up into the Chesapeake over 4 weeks. I'd like to either come down the coast, past Hatteras, then back into the ICW
, or vice versa. I looked at the pilot charts
for that time of year, and it looks like the wind
can go in many directions.
I would plan to sail the ocean portion with wind
from the beam, or below, hopefully.
So, my question is, is there any advantage to going either down along the coast around the Cape (North to South), or, up along the coast (South to North), given the gulf stream
effects? Is there a counter coastal current
inside the stream that's of any help?
Also, not having rounded the Cape, does one stay completely outside of Diamond shoals, and by about how much?
Given that I'll probably be passing the Cape at night, are there many fixed fishing
nets, traps etc to worry about around Diamond shoals.
I sincerely appreciate any advice
offered here on my cruise