Early start at 6:20. Made a fuel stop as we were down to 2 gallons. After some hours the tidal current finally wasn’t against us but in our favour at 7 knots occasionally into the 8s. Almost by accident I realized we were close to the outlet south of Southport that boaters use to bypass a stretch of shoaling. I saw that the Atlantic way was favourable as was the tidal current inbound through the Cape Fear inlet. We decided to continue along the ICW IF the current continued with us. Well not so much so we turned around and headed for the inlet. Made good time although only about a 1/4 of it was sail only. Now anchored behind a spoil island. Oh the excitement !!