Gulfport and Petit Bois Island, Mississippi

May 28 to 31, 2015

Back out in the Mississippi Sound, passing Cat Island.  Thunder heads were thickening with the afternoon humidity, and it’s only 10Am!  Winds pick up, as we turn our heading towards Gulfport, Mississippi.  We see a few sailboats dancing tacks outside the Municipal Marina.  Turning downwind, we dropped the mainsail upon entrance and tied to the fuel dock, right by the office.

Gulfport, Mississippi Municiple Marina


Outside the Municipal Marina the Mississippi Sound with an afternoon blow.


Heading out of Gulfport we sailed to Petit Bois Island.  Anchoring about 100 yards off the shore.  Clear water and white sand, finally! Tons of little fish around the boat in the morning, as we set back out towards Dauphin Island and the Alabama State line.


Here is where we anchored off Petit Bois Island


Anchored off the leeward side of Petit Boise Island, Mississippi


Petit Bois Island in relation to Mississippi Sound and Mobile Bay.

With a pleasant day of sailing we were making good time. We decided to keep moving across Mobile Bay, which is known to get dangerous.  The wind did pick up around the head of Dauphin Island.  I spilled some wind off the mainsail and adjusted our course; a beam reach towards Bon Secour Bay. Sunset is getting later, this gives us quite a few hours left to make way.


Leaving Mobile Bay entering Bon Secour Bay, Alabama


Bald Eagle, Alabama Intracoastal Waterway


Bald Eagle, Alabama Intracoastal Waterway


On anchor in Bon Secour, Alabama

Claire found a small bayou with a seperate channel leading off the GICW.  We followed the markers in and set the anchor and chain in about 8ft. of water with muddy bottom. Calm and peaceful, with a small restaurant just a row away.

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