Captain Ed's Sailing 

Shore line at Halibut Point
                                     Halibut Point   Paul Nguyen Photograhpy

Issue: #57

March 2 2013

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Preston lucy in the Dismal Swamp
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  Finally February is over, and next weekend we will be turning the clocks to eastern standard time, thank God I am done with this winter, the snow will be melting fast, and I am thinking of boats and sailing. When the sun comes out I am climbing on the boats and taking the covers off. 

 This time of year I am also thinking of the Dismal Swamp, as the snow birds start making their way north for the sumer. I think of the Dismal Swamp because it is my favorite part of any trip heading either south or coming back. From the North the Dismal Swamp Canal starts in Norfolk Virginia and travels in just about a straight line except for one turn for sixty miles to Elizabeth City, North Carolina. The canal is very narrow, and travels through dense woods which is a National Park. It was surveyed by George Washington and dug by slaves. 

There are three stops along the canal, The first coming from the North, are the locks in Deep Creek. You can pull over for the night along the bulk head and, go to the Mexican restaurant right beside the canal, also there is a shopping center for provisioning.

 The next stop is interesting it is the only rest stop in the country that serves boat boats as well as cars. If you are traveling along rte, 17 right near the North Carolina, Virginia boarder you might see the yachts docked along the river behind the rest stop. Must be strange to see boats so far from the ocean. 

 The last stop in the canal are the locks in South Mills, NC. All the boats try to get to the locks in South Mills first so they can get the choice docks in Elizabeth City. 

 I have transited the canal many times now but my favorite was the trip that I did with Preston Lucy, Delivering his uncles boat the Ker Mor to Port Royal Sound.

 For a young kid on a boat, he has been the best crew yet, we had a blast. Click Here to check out the log Sailing the Ker Mor South.

Click here for more in formation on the Dismal swamp 

  Before spring gets here make sure you check below for other things to do around Newburyport

  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.

  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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Jasper Molnar at the helm

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.



Paul Nguyen Photography

Evans Paintings

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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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