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

Antigua Touring and Dining

13 January 2014 | Antigua, Guatemala
Beth / shirtsleeve days and fleece evenings
Antigua is always a current and historical treat to eyes and minds, and it was fun to see it with “new tourist” eyes as we walked around with our visiting son, Alex.

When we first came here two years ago, we took a tour with Elizabeth Bell. Our only available time this year was a Sunday and Elizabeth takes that day off, so we booked a private tour with her associate, Roberto. Because it was Sunday, some buildings were closed and the city was over run with tourists, so Roberto walked us around the edges and up above the busiest parts of town. We had been inside the Jesuit church and the attached building now restored and occupied by the Spanish Embassy, but had no idea of the extent of the building - where cloisters and courtyards went on and on. Up at La Merced church, once again we went up the stairs and discovered a wonderful rooftop area that we hadn’t known existed. What a wonderful place to wile away a sunny afternoon with book or sketchpad. The glass museum at the Santa Domingo Hotel was as fascinating as ever, and we got a kick out of popping through open doors of hotels and restaurants to see gorgeous little courtyards and fine old patios and elegant décor.

We dined for the first time at Sobremesa where we loved the easy banter with Alex (the owner) and of course our own Alex. Our tapas platter was delicious and the Wendy pizza just divine.

Hostel Las Marias – in the west end of Antigua near the cemetery – was a perfect place to stay. As Jim commented, the neighbours were quiet! We enjoyed a double room until Alex arrived and then moved to an apartment room with kitchenette and two double beds. Full breakfasts on the patio were delicious, the wifi worked quite well, and the staff were very helpful with our arrangements. We took a tuktuk back from the centre of town the first night, but felt comfortable walking after that.

And then we were off to Copan!
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 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.
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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