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    • Monday, June 24, 2024
    • Thursday, June 27, 2024
    • Ocrocoke Island, NC
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    SCOO 2024 OCRACOKE CRUISE
    Monday/June 24 to Thursday/June 27

    Come sail with us to the quaint village of Ocracoke...
    where peace and quiet, beach walks, and folk music reigns.

    NOTE: we have delayed the trip a week due to slip availability at Anchorage Inn & Marina.

    Please register early so plans can be finalized.

    Our planned activities include:

    Mon. 6/24   Arrive at Ocracoke. Meet and greet/happy hour at NPS picnic area; bring an appetizer.

    Tues. 6/25    11:00 am Dinghy out past Springers Point for a clam dig. That evening we will have a potluck at the NPS picnic area and steam our clams! We will possibly have a sunset beach fire at Lifeguard Beach following the potluck.

    Wed. 6/26   Option of bike ride on Hwy. 12 to see the Ocracoke Banker ponies or a beach walk at Lifeguard beach. Both groups will get together at 1718 Brewing for lunch afterwards. That evening we will have a group dinner at Flying Melon and those who are interested can take a short walk to the Deepwater Theater for a performance of the Ocrafolk Opry at 8pm.

    Thurs. 6/27    Depart for home ports

    Dockage Options

    • ·      Anchorage Inn & Marina is the only private marina in Ocracoke; they have water; electric; and showers. They also have a large hotel for those interested in staying ashore.  They have limited slips available. If you want to use this option, please call (252)928-6661 ASAP to reserve a slip.
    • ·      The National Park Service Dock (first come/first served) with water, electric, and restrooms (no showers). Docks are paid via the NPS app; more information to follow.
    • ·      Anchoring in Silver Lake Harbor is the other option and requires dinghying to and from shore.

    More details to follow. 


    • Monday, July 15, 2024
    • Thursday, July 18, 2024
    • Cape Lookout
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    Cape Lookout is one of the most serenely beautiful destinations in Eastern NC. It was highlighted as one of the Atlantic coast’s undiscovered cruising gems in the latest issue of SAIL magazine. Although not that far from the mainland, it is offshore with wind swept beaches, beautiful night skies and, of course, the Lighthouse, making it feel like a world apart. There are opportunities for shelling, time at the beach, a dinghy ride across the Bight to the lighthouse, watching the sunset and socializing with fellow SCOO members. It’s also nice to simply relax and enjoy this tranquil spot. If you want to bring your kayak or paddle board, Cape Lookout is a picturesque place for a morning paddle.

    We have set aside 4 days for this cruise. This will allow us to pick the best possible window for our time at the Cape and allow for other destinations en route if desired. Two nights at the Cape is enough to experience the location, although you are free to add more time. You may want to plan a stop before or after (or both) rather than traveling the entire distance in one day. A couple of possibilities would be to anchor in Cedar Creek at the north end of Adams Creek, or choose to anchor or dock in Beaufort, the lovely seaport village with good restaurants, shops and perhaps a sighting of wild ponies.

    There are no facilities at the Cape, so be prepared to be self-sufficient while there. Since full dinners are difficult to transport via dinghy and serve on the beach, we will plan for 2 late afternoon pot-luck hors d’oeuvres and BYOB socials on the beach. Be sure to bring your beach chairs.

    It is best to traverse Beaufort Inlet at slack tide. To find that specific time frame, the Tide Times or Tide Pro apps are great resources (select Beaufort Inlet Channel Range and click on Currents). We will publish those times for the planned days once we decide on the best weather window. Our (Lynn’s and my) personal plan would be to anchor in Taylor’s Creek in Beaufort on Sunday and catch the slack tide to the Cape late Monday morning. We will depart the Cape on Thursday in time to catch the early afternoon slack tide back into the Beaufort Channel. More specific details will be sent out to all members who sign up.

    We’re looking forward to sharing this uniquely beautiful venue with you.

    Your cruise captains,

    Rick and Lynn Edwards

    • Monday, September 16, 2024
    • Friday, September 20, 2024
    • Bath and Washington, NC
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    This email provides preliminary cruise and activity plans for SCOO’s 2024 Bath/Washington Cruise. Additional details including a list of boats will be sent to you via email the week before the cruise. Right now the cruise is tentatively scheduled for 16-20 September, which is one week different than the week in the SCOO cruise schedule (Diane and I will be in Positano that week). Bob and Stacy Taylor have graciously offered to act as Co-Cruise Captains as they have done this before. I went by car and visited both sites yesterday to ascertain the current condition of the planned stops. If you plan to go, please respond to this email with your boat and cell number so I can get a preliminary count.

    On Monday the 16th we will cruise to Bath where the options are to anchor, go to a slip at the Bath Harbor Hotel and Marina, or tie up the free state dock close by. The state dock can accommodate ~ 6 boats with judicious rafting but has no power or water.  There is adequate space to anchor in the harbor close to the marina and dock. Each boat must make their own arrangements and to stay at the Marina, call Corben or Steven at 252-923-5711. Corben said he seldom monitors VHF as he is the main dogsbody for the marina and hotel. At the marina, there is power and water (and wi-fi) with hot showers/toilets at the hotel as well as a grill. The view down the Pamlico is gorgeous and as it is 70 miles to get there, the only activity for the night is to gather at the pavilion just off the dock at 1900 where (weather permitting) we will launch Chinese lanterns while imbibing a few adult beverages. Bring chairs, please.  If you get there in time, there is a restaurant called Blackbeard’s just across the street. If you leave a day early to make the trip easier there are good anchorages at Bonner Bay at the mouth of the Bay River or in Campbell Creek 2 miles past the USCG station at Hobucken.  Fuel and some provisions are available at Mayo’s in the Hobucken Canal and people have stayed overnight before.  You probably already know that Bath was Blackbeard’s home and is the oldest incorporated town in NC. The main street has several historic buildings and sites as well as Petals and Produce for light provisioning and pastries. There is time in the morning to stroll down the main street to Bonner Park at the end to see and enjoy one of the most picturesque harbor views of the Pamlico.

    It is only 20 miles upriver to Washington where the primary place to stay is at the Washington City Docks. They have limited transient slips with power/water, call early (like now) to make reservations. Talk to either Rick Brass or John Rodman at 252-944-6661 to reserve. They have city water, pump out, dock carts, courtesy bikes, and Wi-fi. There is also some 1000 ft. of free bulkhead dockage but call in advance to tell them you want to be there. There is room to anchor in front of the docks as well. Washington was the first city named after George and there are many historic buildings and landmarks on North Market Street close by. The NC Estuarium is there and has over 200 scientific and historic exhibits on the Tar-Pamlico River and Pamlico Sound. They will take us on a free pontoon boat ride up the Pamlico to show us some of this in person. So, that first night, the 17th Tuesday, we will meet at the Clubhouse (showers, bathrooms, lounge, laundry) at the docks for happy hour and potluck dinner. Cruise captains will provide water. Wednesday we will set up a tour of the Estuarium Building and pontoon boat tour. Wednesday night those who would like will go out to dinner at either Down on Main (casual) or the Mulberry House (more upscale). Thursday is open to continue exploring Washington, cruise the river by dinghy, or just hang out and relax walking the ¾ mile boardwalk along the river. At 1700 we’ll meet at the pavilion for happy hour and then walk on to a chosen place for dinner. Friday we start the trip home. While the vessel’s captain is responsible for safety of their boat and crew, we will help as much as possible, including monitoring the weather (still in hurricane season). If you decide to cancel, please let us know by either calling our cells (802-318-7493/802-319-1083) or by email to subrock71@gmail.com or dhlemieux@gmail.com. This should be a fun and safe cruise for all.

    Rock Rockwell and Diane Lemieux

    Cruise Captains, Bath/Washington



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