Another gorgeous day for sailing!

It was another gorgeous day for sailing.  It rained most of the week in North Carolina along the coast.  They were calling for no rain for the entire weekend, and there is Full Moon on Monday.  Hopefully I will get chance to capture it over the weekend.  I went out sailing on National Flag Day, June 14.  Friday evening would have been perfect for a sunset cruise, but it is hard to sail a boat and take pictures at the same.

So where did I go?  They were calling for NorthWest wind 10-15 knot, and the forecast was right on.  It was cloudy when I arrived at the boat, but you can see that front was moving away toward the east.  When I got under at 10:30 at docks, to a cool 68 degrees and while sailing I had to put wind breaker on.  I never been to River Dunes, which a waterfront community that offers the best in coastal living and year-round boating.  It is located  on the Pamlico Sound and Intracoastal Waterway and the mouth of the Neuse River. Unfortunately, I never made it that far, I made it to Gum Thicket Shoal, just south of River Dunes.  River Dunes is of Brown Creek.  

While heading Northeast on the Neuse River toward the Pamlico Sound, the winds started picking up.  When I got adjacent to South River, the winds were constantly at 12-13 knots.  When I got to Gum Thicket Shoal they were at 18 plus knots.  Because I was single-handed sailing, I decided to turn around.  I went out for 4 hours and travel 13 nautical mile (a nautical mile is 1.1508 miles, or 6,076 feet).  I was averaging 3 knots speed, and my maximum speed was 5.9 knots.  

For the pictures, I used my 7+ iPhone and Nikon D7100 DSLR camera with the Nikon DX AF-S Nikkon 18-55mm 1:3.5-5.6 GI lens.  Out of the three lenses I have, the Nikkon 18-55  was original lens that came with the camera and I hardy use.

There is rebate about using a smartphone camera over a DSLR camera and sales of the DSLR gone down, but the quality isn’t the same. For example, the following to picture were take moment apart while underway with the iPhone 7+ and Nikon D7100 with 18-55mm lens.  Because I was sailing and at the helm, I had the DSLR camera (Nikon D7100) in AUTO mode.

Nikon D7100
Shutter Speed: 1/250
Aperture: f/8
ISO: 140

The Nikon picture was taken at 13:52 Latitude: 35° 1′ 0.978″ NLongitude: 76° 39′ 48.456″ W


iPhone 7+
Shutter Speed: 1/1,808
Aperture: f/2.8

The iPhone picture was taken at 13:53 Latitude: 35° 1′ 0.82″ N ;Longitude: 76° 39′ 50.19″ W. I think Nikon capture the moment correctly.

The following are other pictures I took while underway.

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