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.
12°56’673 N 53°47’820 W 9:30 UTC While writing my last post I was waiting for my bread to bake. I had made 2 loaves, white and whole-wheat – a first! I make my loaves short so that I can bake 2 at a time in the oven. While on a boat, one must be careful
I figure an update to the alarming post I published early this morning to be fitting, especially to reassure Pauline’s aunt, whom I am coming to regard as my most loyal reader. We received feedback and advice from our friends in France early in the morning. All in all, it is not dangerous. We can
13°20’342N 48°23’202W Pierrick and I don’t count our days at sea the same way. Whereas I count by calendar day, he counts by day completed. That means Day 13 is for me 17 January, but for him it will be as of this afternoon at the time we left Mindelo. If there’s discrepancies between his
As brainstormed by Clément, Hugo & me*. – As a fruit – Banana bread – Banana smoothie – Crepes aux bananas – Bananes flambées – Banana oatmeal (I am the only one on this boat to eat it this way) – Banana over cereal – Banana on toast with peanut butter (another Julie-only way to
For the past week we have been in Mindelo, the capital of Sao Vicente. It is also the cultural capital of Cape Verde. This is where Cesaria Evora lived (her house is now a museum to her honour) and all other Cape Verdean singers reside. We were looking forward to visiting this city that our
“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.
We are approaching Ilho Da Sal, one of the islands of Cap Verde and where we will be announcing our entrance. All the guides say that to go to Cap Verde is to travel in Africa. Though literacy and life expectancy are much higher than in Western Africa, the islands are very poor and thievery