Madcap Sailing

22 May 2017 | Whittaker Creek, Oriental, NC
15 May 2017 | Boat in Oriental, crew in New Orleans and Nova Scotia
26 April 2017 | Oriental, NC
26 April 2017 | Oriental, NC
20 April 2017 | Ocean Isle Marina, Ocean Beach, NC at Mile 335.6
17 April 2017 | Dewees Creek, near Charleston, NC
14 April 2017 | St Simons Island
12 April 2017 | Fernandina Beach, FL
11 April 2017 | St Augustine, FL
07 April 2017 | Vero Beach, Florida
03 April 2017 | Ft Pierce, FL
30 March 2017 | Ft Pierce, Florida
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

Just Like Old Home Week

20 March 2016 | Vero Beach, Florida
Beth / T-shirts until the noseeums drive us into long sleeves and pants
As we pulled into Vero Beach on Wednesday, voices hailed us from both the VHF radio, and a nearby boat. Ken and Connie (Oz) whom we last saw 4 years ago were waving and welcoming us. We first met them at Mile 0 on the ICW on our second trip down, and shared some fine times in the Bahamas. And that was just the start.

The next day, a dinghy with Valerie and Ed (Windswept) aboard pulled alongside – and I think it is even longer since we have seen them. We remembered Ed from his sports broadcasts in Marsh Harbour. At happy hour, we caught up with Phyllis and Tom (Cocoon Too), also from Bahama days. John and Catherine (Rivendell) arrived and the next day Christian and Mireille (Nomades) cruised up to the North end to raft with us. These last two were especially fun because we were all members of Trident Yacht Club in Gananoque, Ontario; we left there in 2007 and they set off on their adventures a couple of years later. We had an impromptu happy hour in our cockpit, sharing our sailing adventures, and if we had just had Mary and Blair (Strathspey) with us, our little circle would have been complete.

We shared a reunion lunch with Nancy Aadland (formerly on Solitaire) with whom we had many great times in the Bahamas, met her lovely mother, and caught up on more sailing and life news. Since her Jim’s passing last fall, she has been building a “new normal” life and we are excited to see her again on Wednesday to catch up on some more plans.

But it can’t be all socializing, because we have work to do. We got the sails down on Friday, and Ken (bless his heart) volunteered his van and chauffeur service as he and Jim delivered them in rush hour traffic to Mack sails in Stuart. They also took a drive by Riverside Marina in Ft. Pierce, because that is where we are hauling out. Yes – we actually have a place and a date!

After weeks of indecision about where and when we would end our season, we finally made a decision. It feels like we have gone far enough for now. We have come over 1000 nautical miles from Rio Dulce to Vero Beach, and despite our initial plans to go farther north, it is time to stop. We will be here until Wednesday morning, doing all those end of season jobs like cleaning, sorting out the contents of lockers into “take home”, “leave here”, “toss” piles, changing engine oil, washing lines, wiping down all the interior surfaces and the insides of cabinets and lockers. Then we’ll take one last 2-hour motor trip back down to Riverside marina, go in on the high tide and get hauled out. Other than one 2-week period a year ago, Madcap has been in the water for 4 years and it is time to let her dry out a little.

We’ll fly home to Nova Scotia from Fort Lauderdale on Friday – Good Friday – to reunite with more friends and family. In the meantime, back to work for me!

This picture is of a barge easing between Madcap and the mangroves the other evening. I’m glad he knew where his edges were!
Comments
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.
Extra:
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 [...]
Social:
Madcap's Photos - Mad Cap Sailing (Main)
19 Photos
Created 15 May 2017
20 Photos
Created 20 April 2017
62 Photos
Created 30 March 2017
11 Photos
Created 6 April 2016
13 Photos
Created 6 April 2016
5 Photos
Created 6 April 2016
6 Photos
Created 9 March 2016
11 Photos
Created 9 March 2016
23 Photos
Created 25 February 2016
18 Photos
Created 21 February 2016
31 Photos
Created 20 February 2016
4 Photos
Created 20 February 2016
20 Photos
Created 19 February 2016
7 Photos
Created 9 February 2016
51 Photos
Created 24 November 2015
12 Photos
Created 28 October 2015
16 Photos
Created 9 October 2015
24 Photos
Created 3 December 2013
our Oct/Nov 2013 trip to New Zealand
36 Photos
Created 22 November 2013
9 Photos
Created 20 January 2013
Guatemala pics starting Nov 22, 2012
43 Photos
Created 6 December 2012
54 Photos | 1 Sub-Album
Created 8 November 2012
trip to Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon National Park (via Las Vegas)
23 Photos
Created 4 November 2012
20 Photos
Created 1 November 2012
18 Photos
Created 12 February 2012
43 Photos
Created 29 January 2012
62 Photos
Created 19 May 2011
21 Photos
Created 19 May 2011
76 Photos
Created 19 May 2011
8 Photos
Created 19 May 2011