|Couldn't have waited any longer
|Terry's handmade 'Costa Rican' coffee machine
|Cayo Costa State Park docks
|Where's that big snook?
About 0900 we decided to head north up Charlotte Harbor. The wind was NNE at 15-18 knts with gusts. The chop was on the nose 1-3 ft. at 2 second interval. So we held on and made long tacks under double-reefed main, full head and mizzen. Packed the scuppers with sponges on the inside to minimize water coming onboard and made Burnt Store Marina below Punta Gorda around 1600.
We tied up to the gas dock and trudged into the 'all you can eat pizza and pasta night' restaurant. That was an unexpected treat. We had learned earlier that an overnight tie-up was $49 minimum (!) so we grabbed a shower (the door was open) and motored out to the leeside of a hammock near the entrance. Its trees were covered with hundreds of nesting birds... we anchored off and tried to keep quiet not to disturb them. 22.4 earned miles.