On the morning we left Beaufort, the wind was out of the north-again- and blowing between 10 and 15 knots. This wasn't ideal for crossing Pamlico Sound, but we pressed on. As the day progressed, the wind picked up to nearly 35 knots. With only the headsail up, we continued across Pamlico despite heavy winds and large waves. When we reached the other side it was still fairly early, but-thankful to be alive-we decided to call it a day and set up camp on the banks of Albermarle Sound. We planned on making it to Norfolk, Virginia, the next day, which is where our charts ended. We got little sleep that night, worried about what the following day would bring.
We left at first light and did make it as far as Norfolk in the now all-too-familiar rough weather and north wind. I thought about getting more charts while we were there, but we were out of money, and my wife's due date was that much closer. I'd had some experience sailing the Chesapeake, so Eric and I decided to just forge ahead.