With 150 Mile a day we spur to the north. The Guyana current helps us with a knot or so while we sail from Guyana to Tobago. A small two days and the 300 Mile trip is done. We arrive in a lovely small bay surrounded by reefs where a small group of yachts is at anchor.
Sun, sea, beautiful woman, cheap beer, low prices, green landscapes and the list with plusses about Tobago goes on and on. The sun shines above my head while I bathe a bit in the shallow water close to the beach with an ice-cold beer in my hand. I wonder which day it is today? WOW, what a great thought, I am a happy man!
Next day David (a sailing buddy) and I go out on an adventure. I report 0530 at his small sailing yacht with fishing rod, flying fish and other lures as we see the sun rise. We gently motor past the edges of the Buccoo reef and let us be soaked in the rain. But who cares? It is warm here. We lose the first fish but with patience we catch about five kilo of fish. That should be enough for tonight’s barbecue. As a goodbye we set a fish trap under water and try to catch something in the night for next day.
But we have to continue shortly. Hope goes on shore on Monday for a big service so Friday we sail to Trinidad. Hope has been at sea for the last 2 ½ year and is in dire need of a good maintenance job. We will do new paint, varnish and anti fouling.
End of November Katia leaves the boat in order to go to work in the Caribbean whilea Brazilian friend of mine joins the boat again. We share memories of a great crossing from Portugal to the Canaries together and he comes over for a month so we can rock the Caribbean! I have until march to enjoy the Caribbean until I report in Panama in order to head for French Polynesia, Papua New Guinea and South East Asia. At least; that’s the idea. Let’s see how things go. Meanwhile I enjoy a bit further the coming days, it is great to be on the beach…