January 10, 2016 – Sunday – White Beach Anchorage to Englewood Beach Anchorage – 26.0 statute miles traveled

In the morning it was still overcast but the winds had died down to 10 mph or less from the northwest so the seas in the Intracoastal were smooth. We made our way through many minimum wake zones to Venice. The waterway through Venice winds through the heart of the town.

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In this area the fishing boats are all rigged with steerage in the bow like this.

We were impressed with the town from the water vantage point and perhaps should have planned to stop there and spend the night. As we had only gone a few miles we decided to continue to our planned anchorage.

As we left Venice and passed under the Hatchett Creek Bridge we looked behind us to find Mazel Tug on our stern. Ralph called us on vhf to find out where we were headed and we agreed to go to the same anchorage.

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This stretch of waterway had several derelict boats

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This boat didn’t look like it had been high and dry for long.

As we had only traveled 26 miles we pulled into the Englewood Beach Anchorage by noon and found plenty of room to anchor where we were sheltered from the increasing northwest wind. With all of the low land the wind isn’t blocked much but the wave action is.

We lowered the dinghy and went to shore at the little village where we found a sports bar to watch the Seahawk game against Minnesota in the NFL wildcard game. We watched the first half but by then the Seahawks were behind 9-0 and we were saturated with too many commercials so decided to give it up.

We returned to Sea To See and invited the Mazel Tug crew over for chart hour. After sharing cruising stories accrued since out last meeting in Panama City we watched the sun set and then departed company for dinner on our own boats. I checked the internet via LTE to find that a minor miracle had occurred and the Seahawks had managed to pull out a win in the second half by one point. Amazing!

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