Madcap Sailing

28 October 2016 | Madcap in Ft Pierce, Florida and crew in Halifax, Nova Scotia
06 April 2016 | Riverside Marina, Ft. Pierce, Florida
23 March 2016 | Riverside Marina, Ft. Pierce, Florida
20 March 2016 | Vero Beach, Florida
16 March 2016 | Vero Beach, Florida
12 March 2016 | Key West, Florida, USA
07 March 2016
06 March 2016 | Key West, Florida, USA
06 March 2016 | Key West, Florida
05 March 2016 | Key West, Florida
04 March 2016 | Marquesas Keys, Florida, USA
03 March 2016 | Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida, USA
28 February 2016 | Puerto Isla Mujeres Marina, Mexico
27 February 2016 | Puerto Isla Mujeres Marina, Mexico
13 February 2016 | Teotihuacán, near Mexico City
12 February 2016 | Mexico City
11 February 2016 | Mexico City
07 February 2016 | Isla Mujeres, Mexico

Ready, Set, GO

18 November 2009 | Solomons, MD
Beth / 59 F, sunny and a nice E wind
Dave (our water tank man) tried his best but all the things that needed doing just couldn't get done by end of day Tuesday. So... a Wednesday late morning departure looks to be the plan. I'm writing this on Tuesday night, hoping I can post it on Wednesday morning and it will be true!

We have filled the tanks and flushed them 3 times. Along with a primary filter, we also use a seagull water purifier for drinking water, and what we sampled tasted good so I think we are set on that score. Once we get the whole area closed in again, we can put our mattress back on top and voila! a proper berth!

We'll try to make the Great Wicomico River for an anchorage on Wednesday, but it all depends on what time we get away. It would be nice to make a 2 day trip to Norfolk but that looks doubtful right now so we'll just have to see where we get and let you know when we can.

I went back to edit an earlier posting because I forgot to tell you about the Chili Cookoff. As for what we did the last couple of days... hmmm... tidied up the stackpack that lies along the boom and collects the mainsail. There had always been that little block (pully) at the stern end and it took Richard's common sense to show me that by tying a line through it to the topping lift (the line that lifts or lowers the end of the boom), it would hold the stack pack up very neatly. Geesh - how could I have not figured that out before?

We looked at charts and anchorages with Richard to figure out some options, and as always wish there was more time to check out several of them. Then there was laundry... and more grocery shopping (chocolate, cheese, ginger beer - Goslings has its own brand now and we like it a lot)... and purchasing a couple new pillows because our down ones are so old the fabric keeps tearing - with the result that every time Jim fluffs his pillow, feathers go flying all over the place. I thought at first he was moulting, but that is not the case. The lovely mute swan in the picture came for food and didn't lose any of his downy feathers either!

Here's hoping that the next time I post something, we'll be down the Bay!

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Vessel Name: Madcap
Vessel Make/Model: Bayfield 36
Hailing Port: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Crew: James D Bissell (Jim) and Elizabeth Lusby (Beth)
About: Beth and Jim have spent the last several winters sailing southern waters on s/v Madcap. They love Halifax in the summer, but plan to spend the winters exploring warmer places - currently the Guatemala, Belize, Honduras area.
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The Madcap crew left Ottawa in 2007 to go sailing in the Bahamas. After a highly successful year, they returned to Canada, settled in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and in the fall of 2009 they left to do it again! Journey #3 (2010/11) took them back to the Bahamas and then on to Cuba for several weeks [...]
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