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

Great Guana Cay

04 May 2010 | Baker's Bay
Beth /warm and windy
What a perfectly lovely time we've been having!

We left the Tahiti Beach area and, after a quick stop in Marsh Harbour, headed for Fisher Bay on Great Guana Cay. Our sail over on Saturday was slow and beautiful. We used the wind well - crossing over the Sea of Abaco on a nice tack, running up the coast of Great Guana with our sails butterflied (main out to port and yankee to starboard and the wind directly behind us) and then angling off on a starboard tack to clear the rocks off Fisher Bay before taking the sails all down and motoring into the bay. I do love to play with those sails - and Jim humours me! When we have time, it doesn't matter if we go 3 kn or 6 kn. It is quiet and all we hear is the water and the wind.

We dinghied to the dock at Grabbers and walked through the village, visiting the bakery (yummy cookies), purchasing 3 plump and tasty (but expensive - $1 each) tomatoes at Milo's roadside stand, and watching the sandpipers skitter along the exposed sand flats in the bay. Grabbers was jam packed with Saturday partiers and we decided to give it a pass. Our evening on Madcap was pretty tame - books, a glass of wine and the sunset.

On Sunday, we were drawn like magnets to Nippers for the famous pig roast. At $20 per plate it is a really good meal. We loaded up our plates at the serve-yourself buffet, and sat down with Bill, Carol and Leslie (Sea Que II) to enjoy it. Only one meal is needed for the day when it's one like that! Nippers is the place to be on Sundays, and as we downed our Frozen Nippers (slushy type drinks but not so innocent little things) we feasted our eyes on all the people and action. There are all kinds here!! Young bodies and old bodies; T-shirts over baggy shorts and skimpy bikinis; good dancers, making-out-on-the-dancefloor-dancers; folks who are comfortable and folks who are trying to be somebody else. The ocean beach below Nippers is spectacular and Nancy, Jim and I had a fine stroll along it before we headed back to our boats.

Jim and I came back ashore in the evening to check e-mail at the tree. Yes - that's right - at the tree. The service didn't work at Grabbers and a fellow told us to go to the tree with the bench around it along the main road by the docks. Sure enough, the signal was good, although there is no plug there (gee - no plug at the tree!) so one has to have enough battery power. It makes a good spot to connect with the rest of the world - which mostly meant our kids! A man stopped in his golf cart to tell us that there is a free phone at Nippers too - but you'd have to use it when its not busy there or you'd never hear anything.

We set off on Monday morning for Baker's Bay - a run of about 3 miles. There was quite a bit of swell during the day, but we went ashore to walk the gorgeous beach and dinghy in around the huge marina, and by the time we got back to the boat, it had calmed down. Last time we were here, people from anchored boats weren't allowed ashore, but Passages (NH) told us they had gone in so we did too! We've been playing leapfrog with Karin and Ed ever since we left Big Major's Spot in early March and although we've talked several times on the VHF, we haven't yet managed to see them again. As we walked along the beach, we could hear and get glimpses of heavy equipment moving around, and were startled to see a palm tree moving swiftly along behind another row of trees. Eventually we could see the truck beneath it, but it sure gave us a laugh at first. There must be visitors at the lodge because a float plane came in behind us and taxied up to the beach. As we looked over our shoulders, we could see golf carts come down the path and luggage being loaded.

On Tuesday morning, we moved Madcap over near the spoil island and went shelling (no spectacular finds) before heading out through the Whale Cut and around to Green Turtle Cay. Once again we managed to sail most of it, and cruised gently around the corner to anchor off the mailboat dock at New Plymouth.
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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.
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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