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

From Cold Florida to Warm Nova Scotia

17 December 2010 | crew in Halifax / boat in Vero Beach
Beth / 13 C on Tues but 0 C now (32F)
Thanks so much to those of you who have left comments on the blog and on Facebook. It truly warms both our hearts to hear from you.

Speaking of warmth - all the warmth there was in Florida was in people's hearts on Tuesday morning! We reluctantly dragged ourselves out from under the down comforter at 6 am. Brrrrrr..... Graham (Bonnie Lass) warmed up his outboard motor and did us the exceptional favour of ferrying us ashore in the frigid morning. It was 27 F and there was frost on the car windshield. I flew to Halifax and arrived in 13 C (55 or so F) and drizzle while Jim went to Ottawa and moaned that it was considerably below freezing, with snow and ice and wind ( -23C on Wed he says!)

We're fortunate to have good neighbours and friends in Vero. While we will not be living on the boat, it will not be left unattended. It's just like any neighbourhood anywhere - except that this one has a lot of transients!! Good transients!!

I caught the Airporter Bus into Halifax, and the wonderful driver delivered us straight to our own streets instead of the closest hotel. Ahhh - I am always so delighted by those people who make that extra effort. What a treat - a half block walk instead of 4. When I called the hospital to see how my dad's prostate surgery went (Yes - it happened two weeks later than the initial appointment) the nurse said, "He's doing fine and he asked us to be sure to let you in when you get here!" So I added a few warm things to my suitcase, hopped in the car and drove 3 hours to Moncton just in time to say good night!

The last couple of days have been spent mostly in Moncton, NB, and I brought Dad home to Amherst on Thursday afternoon. He came through just fine, and is going around the house watering his plants as I write this on Thursday evening! Jim flew from Ottawa to Halifax on Thursday, and is gradually thawing out - although it is not as balmy as it was.

It feels wonderful to be back here for Christmas. Yet, as I picked up a prescription at the friendly Pugsley's Pharmacy this afternoon, I had no hesitation when Beth, the pharmacist, queried, "Tell me, how do you like being on that boat?"

"I Love It!!"

The pic is of a fellow carrying a Christmas tree at the Vero Farmers Market - dontcha love it? T-shirt and Christmas tree?
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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