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Sent: Wednesday, August 20, 2008 6:39 PM
Subject: El Saco Coche Island10.45.65N 63.57.29W
Halfway between the entrance to the Golf of Cariaco
and Isla Margarita is the small island of Coche. There are two anchorages and we
have chosen the southern one. We are told by our pilot book they are safe in a
Tropical storm and marginal in a Hurricane. That is some protection, not that we
are expecting anything bad tonite but its nice to know. The only problem is
getting in there, you have to be spot on with the navigation, in our boat, we
draw 6ft 6inches of water and as you can see from the sketch in our guide book
the entry depths are less than that in many places and only about 8ft at best.
We made it ok without touching bottom and once inside the water is deeper, about
9 feet. We only planned an over night stay and because our dinghy was on deck we
didn't go ashore there. The village in the northern anchorage is apparently
larger and we're told there is a population of some 5000. Still, we had a good
but hot night then up early for a lazy sail over to Isla Margarita, about 20
miles- we arrive before midday, anchor, get our dinghy in the water, get
connected to wifi via wifi guy, then after lunch get ashore for a couple of
coldies at Juans dock, see some old friends then, with Chris and Tony, next door
to the Sunset Bar for a snack and of course, a 'Margarita' Tequila, Lime and
Salt. it was terrible!
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