We arrived on the 1st of December at 1504 local time after 16 days at sea and had a fantastic reception. 20+ people were shouting and waving with flags at the pier, when we arrived. It was a great experience to feel welcomed and see all the friends we had made either in Las Palmas, in Cape Verde or on the SSB radio across the Atlantic. The welcome committee served rum punch and it kicked of a week were the lever were damaged. Plenty of parties, lots of friends and Caribbean life style.
It was good to have time to say hallo and goodbye as well as reflect over our first crossing.
3100 nm from Las Palmas and additional 950 nm from Gibraltar to Las Palmas via a few of the Canary Islands – and this since beginning of September. I did take a brief look at the pictures and no surprise that we now will enjoy a few quite days for reflections. We had all kinds of conditions from gale force to a mirror like Atlantic. The crew were in the beginning longing for more wind and when we got it, they knew that the first half of our trip had been very comfortable.
I have made several attempts describing how it feels to cross the Atlantic, and it is very difficult to make the experience justice. So you will have to take my worth for it – go for it!
We have left St. Lucia and are now on Martinique which is very civilized with great food, clear water, and internet – and that will keep a cruiser happy for a while until the internal wanderer again seduces us out there on the oceans of the world.
I have included a number of pictures below which will give you all a feel for the beauty and day to day sea life, I hope you will enjoy them.