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

Fun and Games

13 November 2009 | Solomons / Lusby
Beth / rainy, windy, yucky
We blew in Carole and Richard's door on Thursday night shaking rain off ourselves like dogs. We have had some wild weather here - like most areas along the eastern coast of the US. The water at high tide was just a couple of inches below the docks, and we had to make a mighty leap to and from Madcap's deck. It the wind wasn't blowing so hard, we'd put out our little step, but I'm afraid we'd lose it.

It has been pouring steadily for a couple of days and Little Loonie (our dinghy) had a good 8 inches of water in it. Madcap is tied up like a spider in a web - with lines to pilings on all sides. It is a good way to handle the wind - we have some movement, but no smooshing and squeaking against fenders on the docks. I guess folks are luckier around here than in some coastal areas where there has been much more flooding. One good thing about being here is that we are well protected. If we had headed out during the week, we'd be holed up somewhere else waiting out the weather so we really haven't lost all that much time.

We are absolutely delighted that the Spartite has completely eliminated leaks down our mast. We have always had water come in around the mast no matter how much I taped and wrapped it. There are a couple of other spots that need attention but basically, we are pretty dry now. We've got new glass and sealant in our butterfly hatch this year, the spartite around the mast, and the teak eyebrows along the cabin sides were taken off and re-screwed and glued so that took care of most of the culprits. Jim says no boat is completely dry and I'm not sure if he is putting me on because he'll get to fixing those other drips in his own good time or whether that is the truth!

We learned to play dice at dinner the other night - great fun. Richard and Carole are good teachers and we shared a lot of laughs. We're working on developing our own styles - one-hand rattling or two-hand shaking, wiggling of butts, whispers of encouragement and curses all seem to be in the repertoire. Jim won the first round and Richard won the second. Next time, the women will hammer them!

Friday was our road trip to Atlantic Coastal welding in Bayville, New Jersey to pick up water tanks. We decided to go get them ourselves so they'll be here for the crew to start installing them bright and early on Monday morning. It was a good day for a 10 hour round trip - windy and spitting rain - not much else to do - and even though it was Friday the 13th, we had no bad luck!! Now we can't wait to get them in place and hooked up.

On Saturday, the weather cleared just in time for the Zahniser's Annual Chili Cook-off. We were invited to attend, along with the local folks who keep their boats here, and we had a fine time - due partly to the good company of our table mates, Dan and Roxanne, and partly to the great variety of chili samples - 21 in all!! It was hard to choose, but there were some excellent pots of the hot stuff. Their entry won Most Unique - and it was not only unique, it was really yummy. They were kind enough to give us the T-shirt that was in their prize basket, so one of us will be sporting a Zahniser's shirt in the sunny south - and I'm going to try to make something close to Dan's chili too!

We spotted a great garbage truck ad the other day! The Bay Area Refuse truck had "We Cater Weddings" splashed in big letters across the back! Kind of expands my frame of reference on "catering"!
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 [...]
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