N 33 55.0 W 78 01.7 Southport, NC is fishing and tourist town at the mouth of the Cape Fear River. Cape Fear is the most southern cape of North Carolina. It's the point that juts out below Cape Hatteras. We went exploring the town and thought it rather geographically funny when we found ourselves on E West Street in Southport, North Carolina. I know, we are easily amused. We are not amused however with our current predicament. We have been very lucky with our weather so far, but it seems our luck has taken a turn. Just southwest of us about 100 miles east of Charleston is what is now called Tropical Storm Cristobal - just upgraded from TD 3 - and it's moving northeast at 7 mph. We came to Southport to use the Cape Fear inlet to get out on the Atlantic and head for Beaufort inlet just south of Cape Hatteras. Yesterday, TD 3 was a slow moving low that apparently provided a great weather window for us on Sunday. Now we are double line tied at the Southport Marina waiting for Cristobal to come around 8:00 tonight. The town of Southport is fairly small with pretty little victorians and wooded back streets. The harbor is filled with fishing boats and lined with restaurants, bars, and curio shops for the tourists. We had a terrific dinner last night at Mr P's Bistro and a great shrimp lunch on the waterfront at The Provision Company. They had the best shrimp I have had in a while and, after talking with the owner, it turns out they are farmed in Ecuador - who'd've thought? We plan on being a few more days waiting for this TS to pass and then we will head north again.