It all started in august 2016 when I left Aruba to go on a sailing trip with my uncle and friends. We started in Saint-Gilles-Croix-De-Vie (France) and sailed across the Bay of Biscay and then along the coast of Spain and Portugal. There I managed to catch some sweet surf and met up with a good buddy to have a windy kite session at Guincho beach. From Cascais (Portugal) we left mainland and sailed down to a gorgeous island called Madeira. I immediately felt more comfortable on Madeira; I quickly realized that it was because I was back on an island. On this island we had a short break from sailing and attended a yearly fisherman’s festival, which consists of a weekend of eating fish and drinking beer. All this happens while a big fleet of fisherman boats retrieves a statue from the chapel on Saturday to bring her back on Sunday.
I also visited a large rainforest with springs and waterfalls. After Madeira we left for the Canaries, first stop was Tenerife. With the wind up, I had a couple of sessions at el Medano beach and had some beers with the locals. Next we sailed to Lanzarote where we visited the Timanfaya natural volcano park. On the way I scored a nice kite session at Famara beach! The wind was a bit light so I decided to take out the 13m EscapeV5, which proved to be the right choice.
The following day, the wind was too light for kiting but was still enough to sail, so we left for Isla de Lobos and had a refreshing swim and lunch. After lunch we sailed along the coast of Fuerteventura and then towards Gran Canaria where we picked up new crew members for the crossing. It was then onto Mindelo in Sao Vicente, where we got the provisions we needed to make the crossing and sailed off fo St. Lucia the next day.
We caught fresh Mahi Mahi and 30 minutes later it was ready to eat. That was the freshest fish I ever had! Daily I enjoyed jumping in the water to cool off after a hot day. At night something beautiful happens, wherever there is some turbulence in the water, fluorescent algae become visible. It was like underwater fireworks; they light up behind the boat! The ocean offered much entertainment; we saw turtles, dolphins, whales, squid, and schools of fish with a lot of flying fish. One flew straight into a crew members hand while playing Uno! For the really long days I had a Rubik cube and a book.
On day eleven there was enough wind to kiteboard, so we came up with a plan on how to launch/land the kite from the boat. I untangled my lines, jumped in the water and I was off! It was a great feeling of freedom being able to kite in the deep blue Atlantic Ocean, something I am very grateful to have experienced in my life. On day 15 we arrived safely at Rodney Bay in St. Lucia. Upon docking a cool rain shower greeted us.
After dropping off a couple of crew members, we left the next day for Puerto Rico. On the way we stumbled upon an island called Isla de Aves on the Northeast side of the Caribbean Sea. We stopped there for a couple of hours and had nice diving in warm, clear, various shades of blue, Caribbean waters. Two days later, we reached Puerto Rico, which for now was the final destination.
Powered by Utilize Business Solutions BV