Position Reports


Latitude Longitude Date / Time (UTC) Depth (m) Speed (kts) Course (°T) Comment
33° 55.247' N 78° 3.676' W 15 Dec 2016 13:30 5.5 None None After two weeks of traveling from the Washington D.C. to Southport, NC - Solstice arrived safely in her winter port at the South Harbor Marina Village. Quite and nice and should be warm enough. Though it's colder than my thin blood is used to it will be warm enough to not freeze Solstice. The last leg which involved going through Snows Cut which had a ripping on the nose current thorough a narrow channel. With 20+ knots of wind and dodging a barge in the narrow and shallow channel kept the intensity level at the same height it's been through this ICW traveling. Once in the Cape Fear River we had a 5 knot plus current. Fortunately in the right direction. Solstice had a nice easy landing at the dock and was greeted by a very hospitable dock master host. Glad to be here until the spring.
34° 12.351' N 77° 47.991' W 14 Dec 2016 16:02 3.3 None None Anchored in Wrightsville Beach anchorage after a very challenging day. Extreme shoaling that covered 90% of the ICW near red and green 122 and 121. A sailboat in front of me went hard aground while being too close to the green mark. In an effort to stay close to the opposite deep side of the channel Solstice ran aground. I was able to back her off with aid of a swift current - Solstice hit again a second time while motoring forward - She was able to power off. I went back collected my nerves and then approached again. Got through the very narrow deep part that literally is right next to a dry dock for small power boats. I could've docked the boat it was that close to the dock. But that's where the deep water was - which was only 9 feet. No damage that I can tell as it was all mud. Very happy to make Wrightsville Beach.
34° 33.056' N 77° 19.48' W 13 Dec 2016 16:00 3.7 None None Anchored in Miles Hammock Bay which is actually property of U.S. Marines Camp Lejune. The evening had military choppers flying all around doing exercises. The day was another motor requiring full concentration in navigating through shallows, shoaling and current. Happy to stop for the night.
34° 43.428' N 76° 39.946' W 10 Dec 2016 16:15 3.3 None None Arrived in Homer Smith Marina after another day of mostly motoring with some motor/sailing. Went through Adams Creek which connects Pamlico Sound and Beaufort - Solstice had been in the channel for about 15 minutes when an all white dolphin came up and road Solstice's bow wave for about a minute before disappearing into the tea colored water. I've never seen that before - It was amazing and magical.
35° 31.779' N 76° 37.274' W 09 Dec 2016 13:30 3.3 None None After a long day yesterday did a short hop to Belhaven. Still very cold and windy day. At least the sun was shining. Motored again. Arrived in Belhaven and topped up with fuel. Anchored in a nice comfortable anchorage with the wind blowing 15-18 out of the north. Off again at sunrise. The ICW is like a little passage all it's own. Not much rest while navigating narrow channels with lots of bends and other boat traffic. Not to mention numerous underwater hazards like dead tree stumps to avoid. At least you get to stop at night.


Vessel Particulars

Name: Solstice

Length: 14.0

Draft: 2.0

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