In the summer of 2011 honors graduate in law, Joshua Eijndhoven, left the Netherlands with his 34 foot sailing yacht to explore the world. In eight months he sailed via the Cape Verde Islands to Brazil. Joshua maintains a blog and writes articles with pictures for this website, the Telegraaf and Zilt magazine.
I walk hurried along the quay, I run almost. It is six o’clock in the morning in Salvador de Bahia Brazil while I rush to the Marina. The first lights go on in the houses while people get up to go to work I’ve been awake for half an hour and have tensely waited until sunrise so I can finally see my boat Hope again. Hope is a 34 foot Rival built in 1974 and re-equipped by me in 2010 and 2011.
I have sailed with her from the Netherlands to Brazil some 10,000 kilometers or 6,000 Miles. She has always taken very good care of me and I took good care of her. But I left her late April last year in a Marina as I went to Cape Verde to work while my boat remained behind. Now I’m finally back in Brazil.
There she is! Oh my god the whole deck has turned green. I enter the Marina rapidly and ask one of the guys to row me to her. Once on board, I cast a quick glance over her deck; Windpilot in order, rotten woodwork on top of the cockpit lockers, laminated tiller split open. Fortunately, two things I already had to address. Furthermore, everything all right; spinnakerpole ok, deck looks good, stays fine. Now let’s check inside.
I enter the code on the padlocks, open the shutters and step down. I get a lump in my throat. What a wonderful boat I have, oh what is she beautiful and practical! Woodwork looks great, no mold and everything looks fine but what a mess! I opened all the cabinets and doors before I left to ventilate and left all sails outside from the sail bags to prevent mold. I start with the deck as I am quite ashamed of the green gunk on my beautiful boat.
Katia, my Cape Verdean girlfriend has booked another flight from Fortaleza and comes later in the morning in the guest house, our temporary home. In the morning I stay aboard Hope. I bring all the equipment out and scrub the deck. I have Hope towed to the first pontoon so I can replace the filters on the engine. It looks like we have a lot of work ahead of us.
We want to arrive in the Caribbean in November but November will take a while. And if possible traversing the Panama Canal into the Pacific would also be fun. But let’s see where the wind takes us. And in any case, we have time.First let’s get Hope in shape for new adventures!