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

Bye Bye Rio Dulce

28 January 2013 | Buenavista Bay, Rio Dulce, Guatemala
Beth / 80's and 90's
It was finally time to leave. We enjoyed a couple of days at El Tortugal Marina and around town – in the sunshine – really!

Saturday is market day in town and the selection of produce is especially good then, so we filled up the cayuco-fruitbowl and the hanging baskets and the fridge – and all was well on Madcap. And then … we discovered water under our berth and in the bilge. It turned out to be a disconnected fitting on the deckwash line. Unfortunately the men onboard discovered that it was a fitting on one end only after they pulled the whole line out, thinking it was a repeat of the problem we had last year. So the fix became much more involved, but it got done over the course of the weekend – and it was a good little reminder to check for the simplest cause first when something goes wrong.

We were excited to see Barb and Bob (Tiff Blue) pull in during the afternoon. We met these folks last year in Placencia and were sorry it was a brief meeting then. This time we had a riotous couple of days with them - it’s been a while since we had such a lot of laughs and it felt good! We visited on Madcap, and on Tiff Blue – where Bob invited the smiling Patty (a land traveller) down from the Rustica Palapa. Her bed overlooked the dock and she had been having a good time eying the comings and goings – and she was great company as we all dined together that night.

Sunday was massage day for the Madcap crew as we trooped up the hill to the Casita Elegante and took our turns on Blanca’s massage table. She still gives the best massages I have ever had, and she managed to completely fix Jim’s neck that had been bothering him for the last week. Liam did a 4 mile run with Rhum and Jonas on Saturday, and was happy to have his aching muscles eased too.

Raul was in town delivering passports for the folks who were leaving so Jim took our paperwork and passports over to him at Mar Marine to start the process for our exit visa – or “zarpe” as it is called here. That would save us a trip down to Livingston by lancha – or a lengthier stop as we leave on Tuesday.

After a little more shopping – including a new, heavier fishing rod for Jim and a collection of lures and hooks to replace the rusty ones Liam found in the tackle box – we waved our goodbyes and set off for one last night in Buena Vista Cay. Casey came by for a drink, and Jennifer joined us for chicken/pineapple/broccoli stirfry (and brought along her special apple crisp … mmm). It was a lovely starry night – a perfect one for our final stay before heading down river and out to sea.

A few fill ins: that spotted fish Liam caught was a guapote and it was OK eating. Jennifer makes and sells flags – we got a new Belize one to add to the Guatemala and Honduras ones she made for us earlier. Q80 each. The solar panel kept our batteries charged while we were up in El Peten. The pic above was taken on the way down the gorge – in my happy place on Madcap’s bow!
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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