It’s been raining. It’s been hot. The sun beats down on this earth as early as 9 or 10 am. In the mornings, there is no wind to ease the heat of the sun. The hot dampness of the air presses down on us. I usually spend the morning hours working or writing in the
We’ve been in the Dominican Republic for a little over a month. Our original plan was to stay here 2 weeks and then move on to visit the Bahamas, but plans change. Just like our month in the Canary Islands. Our month in Cape Verde. Our month in Martinique. Things happen and we end up
“Your boat is adrift! It’s in the middle of the bay! It’s adrift!” I had just bought Pierrick an ice cream and was trying to put the change back into my wallet. Zeyno frantically spoke through my mobile that I was squeezing between my shoulder and my ear. “Dominique is on your boat. He hung
My morning shift started at 5:30 AM local time, and I was happy to be awake to watch our last Atlantic sunrise and the Barbadian coast as we lunged its southern side. The island is low and very green. The coast has been invaded by hotels and holiday promoters, but the buildings are low. No
13°01’539 N 59°05’411 W 5:39 UTC We are near our destination. We can’t see land because it’s nighttime, but we can see the hallow of light spread over land that indicates human life. Human cities. Electricity. We can also see the glare of the lighthouse that’s on the island’s Eastern front. By sunrise, we should
13°05’101 N 56°22’653 W It’s 4 PM our time. We’re not too sure what time zone we’re in, but yesterday we decided to advance our watches by an hour. Pierrick, Clément and I were sitting around the cockpit table and figured it was time to change time. There was nothing scientific or astrological about it.
“It was the best anchorage of the entire trip!” This is how Vincent described Isla Graciosa. Vincent is the man who sold us our boat. He was her second owner and did a cross-Atlantic trip on her with his family. He travelled to the Canary Islands, Senegal, Cabo Verde, the Caribbean, up to New York
Surely like many other people of the Western world were there are 4 seasons and harsh winters, I became aware of the existence of Cape Verde thanks to Cesaria Evora. This must have been in the early 2000’s. She came from a place of many islands off the coast of Africa where Portuguese is spoken.