Madcap Sailing

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
05 February 2016 | Puerto Isla Mujeres Marina, Mexico

New Friends on a Beach

06 March 2011 | Calabash Bay, Long Island
Beth / sunny, 80's
Oh how lucky we are!

We had a lovely sail up here to this most gorgeous little bay - running with the wind, our sails butterflied or wing-on-wing as we sometimes say - the big Yankee out on one side, the main hauled over on the other and the light wind straight behind us. It’s a lovely gentle way to sail and we made a leisurely trip up to the top of Long Island, arriving shortly after 2 o’clock. Jim caught a lovely Yellowtail Snapper on the way up - providing a nice supper for us.

The anchorage at Calabash Bay can be rolly with the surge that works its way around the top of Long Island, but it is also lovely - just off that gorgeous beach at Cape Santa Maria resort. We were lucky today. It was rolly, but not too much so, and we had no difficulty deciding to stay. After fish cleaning and a late lunch we dinghied ashore for a swim and a walk.

The sand here is like icing sugar - so incredibly fine. The water runs a gamut of shades from green to turquoise to blue, and the white caps breaking off the reef beyond the anchorage give a splash of contrast. Doug and Claire (the folks we met at the airport and again on the beach on Thursday) joined us for the walk and then came out to Madcap for Happy Hour. We laughed and talked and shared stories of trips and books. I have a feeling we will connect on another beach or another trail at some other time in the future. Hiking in Spain and yoga on Paradise Island have now been added to our list of things to experience, and I have to look up a book on how randomness rules our lives. Somehow, I’m not so sure it is merely randomness that affects us but I’ll read the book first! We sure have many personal experiences of synchronicity and right things/people in the right place at the right time.

After sleeping like babies in a rocking cradle, we rose at dawn to lift the dinghy, make the coffee and head off around Cape Santa Maria at the northern tip of Long Island. This is where Columbus’ ship of the same name allegedly foundered on a the reefs, and where the Columbus monument stands tall on a cliff. We drove out along the long and rocky road to see it by land three years ago. This time we viewed it through the mist from the sea as we cleared the headland. We never fail to try imagining what it must have been like to arrive here 600 years ago - a far cry from our experiences now with GPS and charts and reports of other sailors. Long Island is reported to be Columbus third stop in the New World - after San Salvador and Rum Cay.

With the headland behind us, we pointed east for Conception Island - across gentle 4 ft swells and in a surprisingly “sailable” light breeze. Despite the differences in equipment and charts - and despite being pleasure sailors instead of explorers journeying far from home into unknown seas - the wind is still our source of energy and the sea our highway, and we still go off to visit places where we have never been before.

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.
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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