Saturday, October 31, 2009
This stretch of the ICW is awful. (I guess I say that a lot. Shows how much I like the ditch.) This leg took ten hours, during which it rained and drizzled much of the way. There are 4 bridges from Swansboro to Wrightsville, and timing them so that you don't have to slow down and mess around with the current has been impossible for us. The final bridge at Wrightsville Beach opens only on the hour, and if you arrive early, be aware that the current here will take over, and at least at one side of the ICW (port side South bound) it shoals rapidly, and of course I know this because I found its bottom.
After the Wrightsville bridge you take a port turn into the Motts Channel. Hold your breath, it is shallow, we saw 6 1/2 feet but nothing less. The favored anchorage is north of the channel by the bridge, where the public dinghy dock can be found. We came in late so took the south side. Holding is great.
At the dinghy dock, you can walk over the bridge to get to the post office, or go right to get to "the strip", where you will find Roberts Market (which had nearly bare shelves on our visit and a broken frozen food case, so no ice cream), a great Mexican restaurant, and the Wrightsville Beach, where water sports abound.
We will hang here for a few days waiting for the weather to improve to go offshore. Enough of the ICW hassles.