Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Cape Lookout Sailing Trip

Last weekend, the NC State sailing club made a trip out to Cape Lookout on the NC outer banks. We sailed out of Taylor's Creek in Beaufort and out to Lookout Point. We took Trey's Inter-20 catamaran, my Nacra 5.5 catamaran, a hobie 16, a hobie 18, a JY-15, an MX-Ray, and a Flying Scott. On the way out, the Scott turtled in a gust and sent the 5 people on board into the cold water. Our chase boat was lagging behind and we ended up having to call the coast guard to help rescue some cold sailors. All was well however once we had a fire going and dry cloths on. Thank goodness for drysuits like mine!!! We had a long memorable night around the campfire and sailed back the next day. What a great trip. (Above pic: Matt and I flying a hull with the spin up WOOOHOOO!) More pics below.

Ray skippering the Hobie 18

Matt and I on the 5.5

Do'n the Wild Thang!!!

On the beach finally

Huddled around the fire

Morning sun on the campsite

Spring Break '06 Pensacola, FL

Spring break 06' was an awesome trip to Pensacola Florida. Trey (a college sailing buddy of mine) and I drove down on Sat March 11th to the home of Kirk Newkirk. Newkirk is a famous name all around the south east in the catamaran sailing world and him and his wife offered to let us stay in their basement for the week. Thanks! Kirk also owns and manages Key Sailing, a sailboat and jetski rental shop just off the bridge on Quietwater Beach road. Mon. morning we set up the Inter 20 (20 foot beach catamaran seen in the picture) on the beach at Key Sailing and had lunch at Surf Burger, a burger shop just above key sailing's shop. mmmm surf burgers good. We went out sailing on mon. and relaxed as much as possible.
Later that week we sailed from Pensacola to Panama City. It took us 9hours and we covered about 90 miles. What an adventure!

Flying a Hull!

Trey on the wire

Hey Trey, got a towel???