We are back in the USA!

IMG_4091Email sent via SSB after the crossing from the Bahamas to the States on May 21st.



We had a fast and pretty agitated crossing with plenty of wind and sometimes big waves. Like always with the gulf stream we were stressed as to how the sea will behave once we crossed its way but this time the stream was very gentle with us and the big seas of just an hour ago became moderate even though the wind got much stronger – gusting to 28 knots apparent, so about 36 knots true. But early this

morning we entered Beaufort inlet. This was probably the most stressful part of all this passage – finding your way between dozens of flashing greens and reds and white lights, against almost 3 knots of current and the wind blowing at 15-20 knots from the other direction, waves breaking everywhere and Nomad makes barely 2 knots of speed and all this in complete darkness.



We caught this big mouton snapper as we were going through the Moraine Cay channel out to the ocean. Perfect timing because once outside in the ocean swell this happy fisherwoman had a different attitude for fishing



our two beautiful princesses


With the GPS and elecrtonic charts the channel bouys sometimes seem more of a danger to avoid than a help to navigation. But we made it through and once past the main channel we took a sharp turn to starboard to find an anchorage somewhere behind the long sandy island of Shackleford. Virginie on the bow with a big torch looking for the line of breakers on our starboard and for shoals and sticks and buoys ahead of us. We managed to motor against the current for one mile eastward relaying mainly on the depth sounder and the GPS. Already at the harbour entrance we noticed the NOAA’s charts we have on board (from 2015) did not completely match the reality as we had some of the channel buoys placed in wrong places. Here in the Shackleford banks the depth were not correct and just as we approached the point where we intended to drop the anchor the depth dropped quickly from 6 meters to 2 to 1.5 and then suddenly 0.9. We ran aground. A minute of hesitation, what is the the best thing to do?



Noa at school. For most of the passage the sea was too rough to do any sort of school.



More and more of these AIS targets showed up on the screen as we sailed north with pretty strong south-easterly wind. It was around 0100 and the first target, Dakota 10, had a very strong white light. We did not understand what sort of a vessel is this. We tried calling them on the VHF but no one answered. Apparently these are buoys (of a fishing net?) used by a fishing vessel named Dakota.



A push with the engine made Nomad turn on its place and now with the strong current with us and the engine at high revs we managed to get off the sand bank. We motored back on our track about 200 meters and dropped the anchor. As the chain rolled out of its locker we noticed the beautiful skies changing colors as we approached sunrise time. Time to go to sleep.


IMG_4111Strange looking cloud appeared in the sky as we were dropping the anchor behind Shackleford bank.



same cloud with a little more day light


Now after 4 hours of good sleep, a delicious breakfast with freshly baked bread and the boat cleaned up from the mess of life on board while crossing we are ready to head to Beaufort for the clearance procedure with customs and immigration.



The 5 nomads in the States!
our position:



Wild horses on Carrot Island with Shackleford bank in the background. The first morning we anchored behind the low sand dune on the western side of the bank next to where the breakers end.


We are back in the USA! — 2 Comments

  1. Bonjour Matan
    On suit toujours votre voyage avec plaisir depuis notre rencontre à Carthagene en d’Espagne
    On sera en Colombie en fin de semaine
    Peux tu me dire où tu as obtenu tes visas pour les USA car on voudrait remonter sur la côte Est pour la saison cyclonique prochaine
    Comment se passe l entrée au USa pour le bateau et l équipage ?
    Les enfants ont vraiment grandis et sont en pleine forme
    On espère se croiser à nouveau
    Bon vent
    Anita et Alain du voilier MAKANI

  2. Coucou les Nomades! Je pensais à vous ce matin! Où en êtes-vous? Que devenez-vous? Ici tout baigne. Vacances en Suisse pour l’été et bientôt retour à Dubai avec la grande rentrée pour Alexandre (4 ans le 21 septembre prochain). Je vous embrasse, Leo

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