Wednesday, February 8th

It is a difficult decision to leave Naples.  This town warrants additional exploration.  But the weather picture for the coming weekend involves a cold front that is expected to pass through southern Florida, strong enough in intensity to extend all the way to the Keys.  We must either make southerly progress over the next few days, or remain in Naples for the better part of a week.

After a morning stroll through Old Naples, we bid farewell to this lovely town with a vow to return at some point in the future.  The wind is out of the northwest at 15 knots today, perfect for a delightful afternoon downwind sail to nearby Marco Island. 

Cutter Loose is at anchor in Factory Bay, a place we visited on January 19th en route north to Fort Myers Beach and Pine Island Sound.  Exploring the southwest coast of Florida has been an outstanding experience…one that we have enjoyed immensely.  We have enjoyed good sailing, good friends and interesting destimations during this segment of our winter cruise. 

Tomorrow, we will retrace our steps to the Little Shark River in the Everglades National Park.  Then on to Marathon on Friday in advance of the weekend cold front.

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