First Stop, Cooper Island

We slept like rocks…unusual for a night on the dock. Melanie was up first and grabbed coffee and croissants at the French Deli. Wow do I love the French Deli! You should buy stock in the French Deli.

Another wheelbarrow of provisions

A boat briefing, another provisioning run (fruit, beer, cheese, pate, wine…) and we were off to Cooper Island, a quick 5 mile run.

The run to Cooper
Cooper off the port bow

Our first mooring ball pick up of any sailing trip is always an adventure – will we be speaking to each other once we’re hooked up? Will we need an intervention? But the sailing gods smiled on us and we grabbed like old pros!

Mooring ball celebration beer

Did I mention Melanie likes water toys? Two SUPs and a kayak are more or less filling up our deck. If we could tow a Hobie, she would be truly happy.

Manchineel Bay is a lovely sheltered harbor with balls for about 40 boats. The Cooper Island Beach club is great – rebuilt after Irma. We enjoyed dinner there our second night – conch fritters, roasted eggplant and chicken tiki masala. Absolutely delicious!

View from the beach club deck
Another beautiful sunset.

We enjoyed a second day at Cooper, a luxury we’ve never had on shorter trips. A bit of snorkeling and got the boat more settled. But North Sound is calling and we’re off early Friday!

Author: zipster

Technologist. Consultant to software company executives. Lover of travel. Mother of a teenage son. Married to my amazing travel partner of 25+ years.

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