Yesterday we got up at five a.m. so we could get an early start to Ocracoke. We knew lots of other boaters would want to make Ocracoke their destination and we wanted to be sure to secure a Park Service dock. In past years we learned that these fill up quickly. Although we could anchor out in Silver Lake, it is more convenient to tie up to the dock rather than have to jump into the dinghy each time we need to go to shore. We left at 6:00 and motor sailed with jib and staysail up to give us the best speed. We are not racers, but Bryce did race and pass several other sail boats on his quest for the “prize”. At 11:30 we entered the harbor and had several docks from which to choose. Hurray! We won the race!
I am still in a “boot” after my foot surgery 3 weeks ago, so I am not very helpful at getting the boat docked-or even moving around much on deck with all the lines and hardware—but there were some nice folks standing around the docks and they helped secure lines. We made it! The remainder of the day we just enjoyed being here.