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Notes from the Lynx-Chestertown to St. Augustine, Day 3

Posted by Tall Ships America on November 3, 2010

Hello all and greetings from the North Carolina coast!

Lynx is currently sailing toward Cape Lookout, having rounded Cape Hatteras around 0200 yesterday.  As the “Graveyard of the Atlantic,” Cape Hatteras is not something to be taken lightly, and the crew of Lynx had taken some necessary preparations earlier in the day, by reefing the mainsail just before dinner and rigging “jacklines” running down the deck.  We had been seeing steady northeast winds for most of the day, and had been making speeds consistently above 6 and sometimes upwards of 9 knots all day.  As we approached Cape Hatteras, we encountered a brief lull before winds came back up to 10 to 15 knots from the southeast.  We made the turn around Cape Hatteras and started heading back towards the rest of the North Carolina coast and set a course to clear the shoals near Cape Lookout and have been seeing some scattered showers.
Perhaps the biggest surprise this morning has been a group of playful dolphins, swimming alongside and diving underneath the vessel.  For Paul, our volunteer deckhand who has spent almost all of his sailing career on the Great Lakes, the dolphins and their antics were an exciting new sight.

At 1600 GMT, our position was:
34 degrees 27.430 North
076 degrees 15.031 West

LeeAnne Gordon and the crew of Lynx


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