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

Happy New Year

01 January 2012 | Halifax NS (crew) boat in Ft. Pierce, FL
Beth / 9 C (about 40 F)
Happy New Year everyone!

We've had a busy time of it in Nova Scotia this Christmas - with family celebrations, the passing of my 96 year old aunt and subsequent cleaning out of her apartment, and here and there, a few more gatherings with friends. It is all part of life - the good, the sad, the disappointing, and the joyful - and we were glad to be home, but boy, are we tired out!

We've felt chilled to our very bones on some days, and have happily gone walking with just vests and sweaters on others (typically Halifax). We fit in visits to the Seaport Farmer's Market and yummy dinners, nightcaps with neighbours, church on Christmas Eve where the minister talked of the mysteries of string theory and Higgs boson particles (yikes - along with listening to the familiar and comforting story, I had to think!)

Because of our responsibilities connected with my aunt's passing, we had to change our plans to be back onboard Madcap today and will return on Jan 4th - well, we'll actually get to her on the 5th. And then - I expect it will be hurry, hurry again to get provisioned and ready to finally set off on this year's grand adventure to the Keys, Isla Mujeres and onward to new southern shores.

So - today - we sit with feet up, coffee (and later other potent drinks) in hand, with a plan to watch our local Rainmen trounce Oshawa in a basketball game at the Metro Centre this afternoon. (They did!)

We hope this will be a harbinger of 2012; some times of relaxation and cosying into familiar patterns, some times of wild excitement with a just a tinge of fear at the unknown, experiencing the joy of family and friends and the pleasures of learning new skills and charting new paths ... and the opportunity to say at this time next year, "Ahhhh - What a Year!!"

May your year ahead be fascinating!
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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