Sailboat Stops in Wrightsville Beach After Long journey

MAY 20, 2005 -- A 45 foot catamaran is in Wrightsville Beach now, after many months at sea.  It was a journey that began in France where it was built. Captain Clay Thomas picked it up and has been sailing since.  "I've been living on here for about 8 months now and it's been a lot of fun," says Thomas.  The 24-year-old Thomas has been making his way from Bordeaux to the Bahamas and then to Wrightsville Beach.  "Being out on the ocean and out at sea really keeps you on your guard," says Thomas.

The sailboat has three bedrooms and three bathrooms. This is not exactly roughing it. However, there wasn't any gourmet food on board, just frozen pizza and hard pretzels.  Buzzy Northen has only been eating that diet for a few days.  He owns a house on Figure Eight Island and he owns the catamaran. Along with his Brother-in-law, Bobby Tafel, Northen joined Thomas for the final leg of the voyage from the Bahamas to Wrightsville Beach.  "When the weather is perfect and you have clear skies and the moon at night, it doesn't get any better," says Northen.

The boat is affectionately named "King of Queens" in honor of Northen's female-dominated family. The king and his crew have dropped anchor, until their next big adventure.

Reported by Darcy Douglass