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Issue: #56

February 4 2013


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  Well, I guess that Eagle fest was a bust this year, a little secret, they are here all year long. If you go over to Deer Island, or under the route 1 bridge with a pair of binoculars you will see them.

 Don't forget that the auction for Opportunity works is on this coming Saturday from 8:30am until 9PM. 

Spring is coming, day light savings time is on March 10 only 20 days away and spring is sure to follow, again this year.

 Even though I did not have a chance to take a trip south this year other folks that I know have had some great adventure time. Rudy Jasper and his wife Andrea, have been enjoying their boat Windsong a lot this winter, Cruising the Virgin Islands. 

Click here to read the Log of us delivering The Windsong, there in 2011.

 Also friend, client, and fellow sailor, Rob Was, Helped deliver a boat from Spain to Antigua, this winter. 

 Here is part of the letter that he sent me.


Ed, here you go;

  We arrived Gran Canaria Spain on January 5. Our crew of five spent five days painting and outfitting  our Moody 44 and departed late afternoon on January 9 for Antigua.   We sailed south past the Western Sahara and Mauritania before heading west near Cape Verde.  We arrived Falmouth Harbor Marina in Antigua! on Tuesday January 29.  Crossing time was 19 days and 20 hours for about 2800 miles. The weather was excellent and we enjoyed the trade winds but had consistent rollers of six to ten feet once we started west.  Days were warm and nights comfortable.  We did a standard watch of four on and eight off.  The eight to twelve watch consisted of one person and my twelve to four watch and the four to eight watch had two on deck.  Traffic was extremely light, only six contacts the entire crossing.  A highlight was seeing an extremely rare "moonbow" one night.  The stars were beyond comprehension off of the coast of the Western Sahara.  We fished the entire trip and were able to enjoy some great fresh Mahi Mahi.  We were surprised that we sighted only two whales and not more than fifty dolphins.  Whales and dolphins were much more abundant in my last crossing from Beverly to Lisbon in 2007. 


The Moody performed extremely well however we did encounter a water pump problem the second day which necessitated sailing without an engine backup and fully charged batteries.  We were able to ration our very small supply of gasoline to minimally charge our batteries with a Honda Generator and arrived in Antigua with one pint of our dingy's Mercury outboards gasoline remaining.  Thankfully we did not encounter any light winds. 


A great crossing but numerous days required to get back on to a normal sleep pattern.  I do not know where this quote originated but "The difference between an adventure and an ordeal is attitude."  This was an adventure for the five of us.  


Bob Was


 So far my plans are still on track to have the Bella Donna back in the water and sailing on May 1st, now is a great time to start making your plans for a sailing adventure this coming summer.





Opportunity Works, to be held on February 23 from 8:30 until I think 9pm. Besides all the great auction items I have a donation for a family sail that you may be able to get cheap, don't be to cheap though it is for a great cause. It is going to be cold and rainy that weekend so make your plans now to stay at home and watch the Lend a Hand Auction.



 As you see as cold as it has been out side summer is almost here, I already have friends and clients calling about their boats and ready to get out sailing on the Bella Donna. Either case I am done with winter. 

  See you all in a few weeks


  Captain Ed's Sailing was  very successful last year with just about 50 days of sailing under our belts, and meeting and sailing with many great people. 

  I want to again thank everyone for their support of Captain Ed's Sailing if it is even just through reading my news letters.


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Captain Ed's Sailing gets more popular each year, however there are always great weekends as well as weekdays available.
 At the end of the day you walk away from the boat and leave the cost of owning and maintaining the boat up to me.
 Call or email to reserve your spot for next summer.  508-451-0431  Captain Ed's Sailing
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Things to do after sailing with 

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  A day sailing on the Bella Donna will take up to 6 hours of your time, at the end of the day, if you still have some energy, there is still plenty of other things to do around Newburyport.


 There are plenty of restaurants around town, such as the Grog, Michaels, The Black Cow, and Loretta's, restaurants. A great place to grab a Sandwich before a sailing trip is at the Warren street market

   Out towards Plum Island you will find Bob's Lobster. 

Make a trip more exciting on your way out to Bob's Lobster by renting an EZ pedal bike from EZ Pedaler of Newburyport

  If you are looking for a place to stay while in the area my client's have stayed at the Essex Street Inn,  The Blue out on Plum Island, as well as The Garrison Inn , and the The Compass Rose Inn

 We live in a great area to try out some salt water fishing as well. For short days I like Channel Edge Charters, or Flounder Fishing, from the Captains Lady . For Longer excursions check out The Clipper Fleet in Salisbury or again the Captains Lady out on Plum Island. 


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Mika the wonder dog
Mika the wonder dog

Friends of Captain Ed's Sailing


 I like to support my artistic friends as the thing that we have in common are very  meager advertising budgets. 

  Mike Marzelli operates Marzelli Photography, and during his spare time helps my friend, Janet Holmes watch Mika the wonder dog


  Frank Casazza operates the Eyeformation art studio in Lowell, he has been a full time artist for at least 20 years.

  Paul Nguyen is a great Photographer and travels all over the world with his photography, as well as will his band. I usually have one of Paul's pictures as the head line to my newsletter

  EJ Ouellette operates Whole Music Studios has well as the band Crazy Maggie.

 Chip Evans operates the Evans art studio out of Woodstock Vermont, if you are in the Woodstock area stop in and mention Captain Ed's Sailing.

 Check out these artist's web pages and think about giving your support, it is a great way to support local business.

 A sailing package from Captain Ed's Sailing is also a great way to shop local, Check out the coupons below or give me a call and I will suggest something.

I want to thank friends of Captain Ed Sailing which include all of you who faithfully take the time to read my newsletters. Listed here are friends with web pages that you should check out when you have a chance.



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Evans Paintings

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Captain Ed's Sailing will serve all of your sailing needs from helping you find a boat that will fit your needs to delivering and training you on that boat. 

Could you use a little refresher class or would you like to know how to change oil or winterize your boat. We do it all.


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Captain Ed's Sailing has been doing charters out of Newburyport  Massachusetts since 2005. Well over 200 people have gone through either a Basic Sailing , a navigation class, or a family hands on sailing charter. We offer hands on sailing instruction in a very relaxed easy to understand manner.


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Edward Casazza
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