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Cape Dory Sailboat Owners
Cape Dory Rendezvous 2003:
South River Shakedown Cruise
Current as of: 22 April 2003
Hello to Carolina Cape Dorians!!!
The Carolinas Fleet of the CDSOA, Inc. is hosting the South
River Shakedown Cruise and Raft-up, May 3-4, to
kick off a series of events this summer and fall. All Cape
Dory owners, both members and non-members, and families are
welcome to attend.
Yes, our "shakedown cruise" for the weekend of May
3-4 is fast approaching, and we wanted to give you some heads
up as we look forward to this worthwhile event.
As you know, the intent of this cruise was discussed briefly
at our 2003 Fleet Meeting. We have an ambitious schedule with
several cruises planned. The Ocracoke Cruise is the longest
event (8-9 hours one way, about 4 days total) on Memorial Day,
and nothing pours water on an exciting weekend faster than
equipment problems. Also, you need to shake the dust off of
your sailing shoes and get back into the nautical groove! Our
busy lives inadvertently causes our Cape Dorys to languish
inactive for protracted periods of time, giving us no real
assurance that required and complicated systems will function
adequately when called upon to perform. This is not, as you
know, a failing of any Cape Dory boat, but rather the harsh
environment we keep our boats in, and Murphy's Law trying to
express itself whenever and wherever possible. So, to keep
things working properly, find things that need repair, and
generally inspecting our beloved boats to ensure seaworthiness,
the "shakedown cruise" has been proposed.
The general idea is to make your vessel ready and come to
the cruise location, bringing with you tools and materials
you may need to make small repairs and/or test system functionality.
Additionally, you may have a special tool someone else does
not, such as a Loos Tension Gauge for rig adjustments, or have
special knowledge to help another Cape Dory Sailor. Or, you
may have everything "shipshape" on your own vessel,
and would like to lend a helping hand to others in some routine
task. Let's network our resources, spend some time with fellow
sailors, and have fun at the same time! Mosquito activity is
unknown, so it would also be prudent to have some bug spray
in your travel gear.
The float plan is as follows:
You can cruise to South River
at your own pace, arriving either Friday evening or Saturday
The entrance to the river is a Flashing
at 34°59.37'N, 76°35.39W, aligning the channel with Flashing
Red "2", at 34°58.89'N, 76°35.05'W, and
can be found on NOAA Charts 11548 and 11544.
The entrance is a little tricky in that there is a narrow segment
between markers #1 and #2, and you can go aground if you're
not in the middle of the channel. As you negotiate between
these two markers, look astern frequently to assure you're
lined up within the channel. You then enter a curved segment
to the right, fairly well marked, but with more reported markers
than on the chart. Under less than optimum conditions, my advice
is to douse the canvas and motor in after passing #1. We intend
to raft up, weather permitting, between Green Day Marker
#5 and Flashing Red #6, where the river widens somewhat
with depths between 9-11'.
Hailing and general conversation will be on VHF channels
16 and 72, respectively. The raft-up will last
as long as is feasible, with drinks, cocktails, and snacks
the later order of the day before supper time. We'll break
up the raft before the evening hours, and continue our refurbishing
efforts through early Sunday, when it will be Captain's Choice
on choosing a departure time. As always, navigation is the
responsibility of the Captain, as well as the safety of vessel
and crew. The information contained herein is intended as
a guide, and not for explicit navigational purposes.
Lou Ostendorff plans to take a few photographs during the
festivities, and if you have any intention of becoming famous
among your fellow Cape Dorians, it's not the time to be bashful.
Additionally, Lou is planning an awards ceremony and will present
an award to that worthy Cape Dorian Crew that meets the criteria.
Of course, telling you now about the award criteria would preclude
all the fun anticipated, so let's just say that all participants
will be eligible.
Please check this page often as we will include more information
as it becomes available. Good luck with your cruising preparations,
and hopefully we'll see you on May 3rd!
Cape Dorys rafted on South River during 2002