Madcap Sailing

31 December 2018 | Gold River Marina, Nova Scotia, Canada
06 August 2018 | Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia
26 May 2018 | Gold River Marina, Gold River, NS
18 May 2018 | Gold River Marina, Gold River, NS
24 March 2018 | boat in Gold River, NS and crew in Halifax
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

The Gorge and the Creeks

27 November 2012 | Rio Dulce
Beth / mix of sun and clouds 85 F
The next couple of days were for exploration by big boat and little boat. There was absolutely no wind for sailing but, even over the engine, the oohs and aahs were audible as we all admired the gorgeous scenery of the gorge on the way down to Livingston. (I just can’t help putting gorge and gorgeous in the same sentence!) Egrets perched in the trees, dugouts with families fishing dotted the river, and lanchas loaded with tourists zoomed around the corners.

It was Garifuna National Day in Livingston, and we had hoped to hear some music. Unfortunately we arrived during the midday break and it wouldn’t start again till 4 o’clock when we had to be on our way back upriver, but we did get a taste of both music and costumes. And more than a taste of the food!

Tapada is the star attraction in the restaurants of Livingston: a soup of fish, crab, prawns and plantains all simmered together in a divine coconut milk broth, and the tapada at Happy Fish restaurant was top notch. It’s a messy thing to eat because the fish and crab and prawns are all in there whole so the experience is a full sensory, two handed affair - after peeling and deboning and slurping and licking of fingers, we were happy to use the finger bowls provided.

A couple of fellows stopped to offer a welcome to their home town of Livingston, and it turned out that one of them now lives in South Carolina – not far from Sue and Terry. Up the street and around the corner, we saw Garifuna (African/Caribbean-Guatamalan) families dressed in brightly coloured outfits – much more Caribbean looking than the Mayan-Guatemalan costumes we see more often. There were bright gingham checks on young and old, and stately women wearing dresses, hats and purses. Drummers played a couple of numbers for a tour group so we heard a bit of the Garifuna drumming that we so loved when we were in Belize last year. We bought baskets at a good price from vendors along the street, I got a hammock to string on our foredeck and Sue found a painted wooden rooster to add to her collection.

The next day, we explored by dinghy – travelling in and out of the creeks of Buenavista Bay and Texan Bay (that one has another name too, but I can’t remember it and it doesn’t seem to be used much). We spotted a couple of camera shy jacanas and so many great egrets that we started to mumble, “There’s another big white bird” instead of exclaiming, “Oh look! An egret!” Smiling children waved from rustic houses and dugouts, fishermen guided lanchas up the narrow creeks, and we steered around impossibly long mangrove roots as we absorbed the lush greenery and quiet waters. Back at Madcap, we swam, read, sipped liquados (made from fresh pineapple and banana and papaya) and enjoyed an evening without rain.
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 several winters sailing southern waters on s/v Madcap. They love Halifax in the summer, but loved to spend the winters exploring warmer places - the Bahamas, Cuba, Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras.
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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