A few months ago, I was approached at our marina in Carolina Beach by someone who was a member of the Cape Fear Sail & Power Squadron. They are a non-profit organization dedicated to safe boating education and promoting high standards of navigation and seamanship. They offer boating courses and free vessel inspections to help make sure you are meeting basic guidelines for safety and US Coast Guard requirements.
It turns out Ed had discovered Tahina via my writings on Google Earth Blog. He wanted to invite us to speak at their organizational meeting in September about the Tahina Expedition. Yesterday, I drove down from the boatyard and brought our VideoRay ROV along for the meeting. They had invited me to have dinner on the river in Wilmington. The river front in Wilmington is a really pretty location. We had a wonderful dinner at the Pilot House Restaraunt with seating right on the river – located here.
The meeting had about 100 people, and it was easy for me to talk to a group of boating enthusiasts about the Tahina Expedition. They had lots of questions afterwards, and I really appreciated the genuine wishes for fair winds and a safe voyage. I had a great time, and I encourage boating enthusiasts in the area to consider joining the group. And I’d like to thank Ed for inviting me, and their Commander Alan for the nice dinner and introduction to downtown Wilmington.