Tropical Depression Bonnie, which formed northeast of the Bahamas in late May, kept us battened down in Charleston as the system intensified to Storm strength and moved north and west towards us. Bonnie reached land at Isle of Palms not far from Charleston. Lingering over South Carolina for a few days, Bonnie brought 6-10 inches of rain to much of the state. Two people drowned in rip currrents along the Southeast coastline.
When the seas settled we headed north to North Carolina. We intended to come in at Beaufort; however, as we approached Beaufort we received updated weather indicating good conditions for rounding Cape Hatteras. Weather had pinned us down repeatedly over the last sixth months and we decided to take the open weather window and put this often dangerous cape behind us.
Our chart plotter way points “Fry,” “Look,” and “Diamond” depict Frying Pan Shoals, Cape Lookout, and Diamond Shoals respectively. Each of these areas can be challenging with adverse wind and waves. In the aftermath of Bonnie the ocean was still as a lake for much of our transit to Virginia Beach (in the upper part of the chart). Soon after Virginia Beach we rounded Port Henry and entered the mouth of Chesapeake Bay.