Smooth Seas and Smooth Sailing in the Atlantic

Sailing in Calm Seas in the Atlantic in a Catalina 387 - The Foster Journey

After our previous Atlantic sail with storms at sea, we watched and waited for a calm window…maybe too calm. It was smooth seas and smooth sailing (with a bit of motoring during the 0 wind period). But hey, there were some Snickers throwing with buddy boats, a helicopter fly by, and a military encounter!

All in all, a great trip.

Nancy A Bit Excited About the Warship Encounter

Sailing from Wrightsville to Beaufort, NC

This is an easy leg of the journey. We’re heading north to the Chesapeake, and this little 70NM jump should only take 10-12 hours. And mostly, it’s quite calm.

For us, it was extremely calm.

But that’s okay – it’s what we needed. Heck, we were on land for a few weeks back in Carolina Beach and Wilmington.

Calm Anchorage with Sunset in Moorehead City, NC

Salt in Our Blood

Something about this sail and the calm nature of its arrival to harbor caused me (Matt) to wax a bit philosophical. Here’s that JFK quote in the episode:

All of us have in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the Ocean. And when we go back to the sea- whether it is to sail or to watch it- we are going back from whence we came.

President John F. Kennedy
Calm Sailing in the Atlantic to Beaufort, NC

Charts of the Trip

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Mansboro Inlet at Wrightsville
65NM Inlet to Inlet
Beaufort Inlet

Thanks for viewing this blog, and hopefully, you saw episode. What do you think? Do you like calm sailing or storms better? What did you think about the military encounter at sea? Drop us a comment down below!


-SV Cadence





5 responses to “Smooth Seas and Smooth Sailing in the Atlantic”

  1. I like calm seas best. My favorite is calm seas with 3-4bft and sun! However – the wind we sail with is the one we get, not the one we wish for. So fair winds to you.

    1. “The wind we sail is the one we get” I like that…it’s so true!

  2. Paul K Steele

    If you haven’t yet passed North Carolina on the way south, do try Kill Devil Hills, NC, on the outer banks. It contains the Wright Brothers Museum and a monumental ! monument to the brothers. Also lots of seafood restaurants. We were there in May 2013 and again in August 2021. Somewhat touristy (that’s how they make their money) but the Wright Brothers stuff is great.

    Ken Steele

    1. Thanks for the recommendation Ken!

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