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Salty Turtle in Nassau Town -- as of 12/16/14. Vic's back to blogging at Gigi's Island Days. He's a few days behind on his posts, and I'm looking forward to the account of their passage. I can't blame him for putting sleep and island festivities in front of blogging.

Oregon Inlet Badly Shoaled -- Catherine Kozak at Island Free Press reports that a December 1st, 2014 survey showed the main channel carried only 2 to 3 feet of water and even the alternate channels are barely navigable. Article here.

"We are now officially in the Bahamas" -- So Dale reports after checking in with Customs at Green Turtle Cay on 12/13/14. For more, see Dale's blog at Evidently Cori made him walk across the island and it's killing him.

Salty Turtle Reported in Miami Beach -- Matthews Point lost dogeys Gigi and Vic have turned up in South Florida as of 12/11/14. My guess is they'll be in the islands any day now.

Topsail is Catching it Too -- Last weekend's storm that did so much damage to the Outer Banks also took a toll on mainland beaches, as reported by the Jacksonville Daily News. North Topsail continues to fight erosion.

December 10th, 2014 - Highway 12 is Open -- NCDOT reports sand and water on road north of Rodanthe, but the road is open. No closure at high tide last night, so maybe the worst is past.

Coastal Storm Batters Outer Banks -- Irene Nolan at Island Free Press has a good account of the December 8th 2014 storm that cut Highway 12 and severed the fiber optic cable that provides internet and cell phone access for the whole of the Banks south of Oregon Inlet. The article is here, along with several pictures by local photographer Don Bowers.

Highway 12 Temporarily Closed -- as of December 8th, 2014, due to overwash between Bonner Bridge and Rodanthe. More overwash is reported at Kitty Hawk, Buxton and Avon but the road is still open in these areas. NCDOT expects the Bonner Bridge - Rodanthe stretch to reopen later today but warns of high-tide closures for the next few days if the current weather pattern continues. See press release for details.

2015 Ferry Schedules -- NCDOT has posted schedules to go into effect January 1st, 2015.

Hi Flite at Vero Beach -- After sailing out Cape Fear, Dale and Cori put in quickly at Fernandina Beach for fuel and then continued outside to Ponce Inlet, then down the ICW to Vero, where they are awaiting a weather window to cross to the Bahamas. Dale is blogging at this site now.

Wilmington Makers -- Lots of people talk about building a boat, this father-son team did it. Read about their sailboat "Maggie" at Wrightsville Beach community newspaper Lumina News.

Maritime Archaeological and Historical Society -- has made back issues of their newsletters available for free download at their website. The MAHS puts out a first-class publication worth reading by anyone interested in sailing history, archaeology or diving.

Missing Canoeist on the Albermarle -- Dan sent this link to an urgent appeal to keep on the lookout for a missing canoeist whose boat was found at the mouth of Big Flatty Creek in Pasquotank County. This link is from December 1st, and if anyone hears more news please contact me at so I can spread the word.

Hi Flite Off GA Coast -- Latest spot (11/30/14) puts Hi Flite just south of Savannah and well offshore, making good time for the islands.

Bonner Bridge FUD -- "Rumors of Bonner Bridge Closure Shot Down, as Negotiations Continue" is the headline at Island Free Press November 24th, 2014. Maybe NCDOT needs to rummage around the closet for a Stumpy Point Ferry - just in case.

Emerald Isle Woods -- 41 acre park run by the town of Emerald Isle. Looks like a pretty place for a walk or picnic. Click here.

Dawson Creek Access Area Closed for Renovations -- The ramp and dock, just upriver from Oriental at Janeiro, will be closed for about three months to allow for rebuilding. Story here.

Havelock Solves Its Sewage Problem -- Little Slocum Creek just couldn't handle it all, so the outflow pipe was extended to the Neuse River, at the cost of $12 million. The big, bad Neuse can handle all the sewage that Havelock can throw at it. But a stint of bad weather crushed the spindly wooden pilings at the outlet end, and now Havelock has to come up with another $197,000 to put in steel ones.Click here for the whole story.

Meet Michel and Annie -- The Ocracoke Current has an article about my friends Michel and Annie, who I met at Oriental a couple of months ago. If you cross paths with them, say hello for the Neuse River Sailor. Bienvenue aux Marins Francais!

Passenger Ferry Q and A -- Fine local reporting from the Ocracoke Current about a recent public meeting regarding ferry issues. Ferry Q and A.

Rum Distillery in Manteo? -- We'll see how this pans out. Rum-swilling Neuse River sailors may have a chance to support the local economy. Website here.

Not Everyone Runs the Ditch -- Great article at Ocracoke Currents about a couple of snowbirds taking the offshore route and their visit to Ocracoke. See here.

Oriental Catboat -- Latest Shipping News at The Town Dock features Felix the catboat, a stunning piece of craftsmanship by local resident Art Halpern. I saw this boat at Sailcraft Services in the water a few weeks ago, and it is a real eye-opener.

R2AK -- Sounds like total lunacy, but a group is organizing an "Ironman" style sail, row, paddle event from Port Townsend, WA to Ketchikan, AK - 750 miles - for June 2015. Website here.

Tour the State Port Facility -- The NC Maritime Museum will sponsor tours of the Morehead City Port Facility November 19th and December 12th, 2014. Reservations are $5.00 and you need to make one a week in advance so they can get you cleared. More information here.

Retrospective on Claiborne Young's Life -- A short article at News & Observer from July 20th, 2014.

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