Wham! Like a wet hot blanket the tropical air slams into my face. With a big smile on my face I descend from the plane onto the tarmac and walk towards the airport building. I join the group of passengers in line and deal with customs and immigration. After a quick payment of 6% customs for the new Suzuki Outboard I’m sorted. I walk through the airport doors and Katia runs towards me. Only after a big many kisses I get a big hug from Dave before we all embark in the pick up. Within half an hour we are jointly enjoying beers and catching up in the local Reggae bar. Priceless.
Within a week on the Caribbean Sea
Despite pressure from Katia to not clean the hull myself I am on deck next day geared up with snorkel, goggles and a scraper. I have been cleaning the hull myself since more than three years and I intend to keep up this habit. It is a kind of a bonding ritual for me and Hope and I wouldn’t have anyone else do it. Within two days I get rid of plants, algae, crab colonies and fishes which I render homeless with quick streaks of my scraper, whilst ignoring the intimidating protests of an angry crab. Hope is going sailing whether you like it or not! Within a week we hank on the sails, install the newest gadgets and prep Hope to set sail again.
Seamansbook helps with lost passport
Countrydave waves us off when we motor past his 24 feet Pavane towards sea. We leave South Grenada behind us and after two hours we drop anchor of St. George in order to check out. When I get the boat papers I discover that I have lost my passport. I really want to leave so I quickly come up with a solution. I call the Dutch embassy in Trinidad and visit the consulate in Grenada next day with all the documents for an emergency passport. The same evening we set sail without passport. I have a Seamansbook which in a good many countries is a valid travel document. When the emergency passport is ready in a couple of days the consul will post it to me.
Past the islands of the Pirates of the Caribbean
With a gentle beam wind we cruise towards Antigua. The sunset is purple orange and we search the horizon to see if we can see the Caribbean green flash. In the night the moon lights the waves and for a good many hours we hear the sounds of dolphins through the hull. It is truly an amazing voyage. We pass the Tobago Cays, St. Vincent, Martinique and Dominica while we persistently sail north. Incredible that we sail past the magnificent islands of the Pirates of the Caribbean films.
Antigua – springboard to the Pacific
After three nights and two days we drop anchor in English Harbor Antigua. We are welcomed back with open arms and look forward to the Superyachts Boatshow end of this week. Hope stays in Antigua until the beginning of February while we prepare her for the Pacific Ocean. Meanwhile we sail the (super) yachts and do some deliveries to the surrounding islands for some dosh. In a little less than two months we sail again towards the evening sun.
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Hope is rigged with a Carl Stahl Yachting rig
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