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Cape Dory Rendezvous 2004:
South River Shakedown Cruise and Raft-up
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Hello to Carolina Cape Dorians!!!
The Carolinas Fleet of the CDSOA, Inc. is hosting the South
River Shakedown Cruise and Raft-up, May 1-2, 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
1-2 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 2004 Fleet Meeting. We have an ambitious schedule with
several cruises planned. The Belhaven Cruise is the longest
event (8-9 hours one way, about 4 days total) on Memorial Day
weekend, 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 daylight hours.
The entrance to the river is a Flashing Green "1",
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
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. 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 1st!
Cape Dorys rafted on South River during 2002
Cape Dory owners are invited to join the flotilla
anywhere along the route. Sail with us the whole way or just for
a couple of days -- whatever suits your schedule.
If you have any questions regarding this event,
please contact Cruise Captain Dick Turner at
252-634-3404, or E-mail at email@example.com
or Fleet Captain Lou Ostendorff, 919-676-7437, e-mail