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WHITECAP is a Morgan 34, yawl rig, owned by Dick Wedge from Summerside, Prince
Edward Island, Canada. WHITECAP's hull was purchased from Morgan Yachts and finished by Dick in 1969 and originally launched in 1970. She
was then land based for a refit in 1988 and has undergone some extensive changes over the last 5 years.
Her cabin was extended approximately 14" for more galley room; she had a teak deck installed, and
many more things too extensive to mention here. Dick set out on September 20th, 1999 to
take WHITECAP from PEI, up the Saint Lawrence Seaway, into the Great Lakes, through the Trent-Severn
Canal, across the Lakes to Chicago and down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico.
1. View the Part of the Trip from Summerside, PEI to GUATEMALA
- Sept '99 to April 11, 04
The entries below are regularly edited off this
page and placed in the files under section 1 above.
Monday, Mar 14, 07:00h 802F, not a cloud in the sky, did our internet thing
early, their hours are 09:00 -18:00 daily and Sundays 10:00 - 14:00, so now we
know. Stopped off at "Yankee Girl" to pickup/borrow their suction pump.
Tuesday, Mar 15, 06:25h 80F. Plans today are to drain the tranny to see
just what is in there. LeRoy came over after breakfast, we spent most of the
AM trying to get "Yankee Girl's" pump working. No luck, frustrating!!! Spent
an hour rigging up the new Yamaha tank hose to fit the Suzuki engine
fitting... nothing is easy here, at home this would be a 5 minute job.
13:30h Luvi is going to town, Diego's school goes from 14:00h to 17:30h
they have to deliver and pick him up every day, we have to go banco, so we
hitch a ride. At the ATM Dick gets Q1000, Mary gets Q500 , Dick puts the
wallet in the left front pocket where he has been carrying it for the last 50
years, (no back pocket bulge) walk to the Pharmacia for Band-Aids, then the
mini-mall to look at sandals, back to Casa Guatemala for chicken 1/4rs (Mary
paid), through the fish market and Rio Bravo internet and pizza to Crowbar,
went to pay, Dick's wallet missing, it fell out through a tear in his "wear to
repair the engine only" old shorts pocket. Run up the street, retrace steps
looking everywhere along the street, does not look good!! At the "Pollo take
out" corner, a young girl taps Dick on the shoulder and made signs with her
hands... then shows him his own drivers license!! She reaches in her pocket
and pulls out the missing wallet! Intact!!!!. Dick plants a big kiss and hug
on the young lady, and gives her Q300 for her honesty. She is some proud,
just beaming... maybe it was the kiss? Stop at Bruno's to look around,
tourists are everywhere. Cannot get a tuktuk, walk back over the bridge, bag
by this time has 12 cans Victoria and 6 cans Aqua Tonica getting heavy.. nice
Pack everything away, walk to Mar Marine for Happy Hour. Nic and Sharon
(our Brit Skype contact) on "Aswan" just arrived from England after 7 months,
they are awful white!!. Stu "Mixto Listo" (Spanish for cement mixer, his boat
is Ferro cement) has a date?? Valeria, daughter of Ileana, who calls him
"uncle Stu". The topic of discussion tonight is fuel for the local ambulance
(they do not have any). Dick offers up a bottle of "Queen Elizabeth gin" for a
lottery to be drawn next Monday on the Rio Dulce net.
QE gin was made in Guatemala and has a large following amongst the gringo
boating community, but is no longer available. Whitecap had 2 bottles,
we gave one away 2 years ago to Harry (QE is his favourite) at the "Tree of
Knowledge" in Placentia, Belize. The "Tree of Knowledge" has withstood every
hurricane to pass through Placentia and has all kinds of flotsam and jetsam
picked up along the beach hanging from it. There are seats under in the
shade, where you can relax and drink your QE drink of choice and take part in
the evening philosophical discussions, Harry supplies the mix...
Wednesday March 16. 96F at 10:00h man this is a hot one today...Have
decided Lottery tickets will be Q20 placed in a jar with your boat card,
deposit as often/many as you wish. We will promote it tonight at Bruno's steak
BBQ, Thursday at the St. Patrick's party at Dim Sum, and Saturday AM Swap
meet at Mario's Marina. Going to eat well this week...
Got the pump working but too hot for the bilge work!!
Monday AM we were up at 03:00 and drove to the Ch'town airport in a snowstorm, just barely made the flight from Montreal to Miami where we had a 6 hr wait. Overnighted at the Hotel Spring US$30 and caught the 11:00 Litegua bus Tuesday, we arrived here at the boat about 16:00h unpacked, and today we are cleaning!!!. Five weeks and we will have to pack up again.
Going back, we have to overnight in Miami and fly into Ch'town on the 15th around 20:00h.
Temp here is 32C today. Mucho warmo. Soaking bumpers and dock lines in javex, called clorox here, to clean off the black moss and mildew.
Here are some pics.
Mary guarding the bags at the
Litegua station. Whitecap at the
dock, Adios is the red boat just behind and our friend Mac on a Morgan
OI30 "Slow'n Easy" on the outside end. The
reclaimed land Luvi did from the
light post to the new wall after the unfriendly neighbour build the 10 ft high
wall on his property line. The rocks in the water used to be Mama's old
"washing machine". Notice the neighbour lady taking a bath (centre left) at
the outside sink. Breakfast at the
- Wednesday, March 09, 2005 at 15:42:39 (EST)
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(The Log is only kept up when WHITECAP is actually