Ready for departure
Finally we are ready! Katia and I can’t wait to exchange Salvador for another city. We are going to sail 500 Nautical Miles along the Brazilian coast to the north. Katia has never been longer at sea than a day and a night so it is very new for her. I expect we will have a passage of about four days but fortunately Katia is relaxed. I hope she doesn’t get to seasick.
The first three days we have to sail clause hauled until the most eastern part of South America. The first days will be the most difficult. Sailing against the wind was considered a sin by the early sailors. You are sailing against the will of god. If god wanted you to sail in that direction he would have let the wind blow from a different direction. Wise words from the sailors of days gone by.
The first day begins calm but quit soon a strong wind blows and high waves are rolling towards us. I slab in a double reef and under spitfire Hope is struggling bravely to the north. The wind is screaming in the rig and water sloshes over the deck and in the cockpit. I breathlessly look how the waves role towards us and Hope bravely rises and descends the waves.
Inside I have a lot of work putting back all the things flying around which we didn’t store well enough. I put everything right and we eat something. We have each other and it is good to be together. In the cozy saloon we get some sheets and huddle together as we watch a movie. Every ten minutes I look on the AIS transponder and go outside to check for shipping.
Between the reefs
In the fourth night we approach our destination. A white glow of city light illuminates the nightly sky. At sunset I lower the sails and we use the engine to navigate the shipping lane in between the reefs towards the port. Then the engine loses power. Shit! I lessen power on the throttle and check inside. The inspection glass of the fuel shows air. Air and compression are a very bad combination. I start preparing anchor and sails in case the engine stops. Fortunately the engine keeps running and with 3 knots we gently enter the river in between the tropical vegetation. We dock in a nice marina, our first crossing together was a success!