I am Vini and I am from Brazil. I sailed on board of Hope in 2011 from Portugal to the Canaries. Better than the ability to make friendship, is to keep it, and that motivated me to be crew again on Hope and meet Joshua with his lovely girlfriend Katia. We met again in end 2013, beginning 2014 for a journey together through the islands of the Caribbean sea, sailing north from Trinidad and Tobago and living each island to the fullest.
Many cultural differences showed up during this travel, and after being a victim of racism myself, I could trust on Joshua’s sense of humor when we had strange reactions from white sailors. Let me sketch the scene: A Dutch flag, two colored folks and a white guy drinking wine. In Joshua’s words: “Hey look at this good Dutch sailor bringing two locals for a ride”. How ironic.
The first sailing trip was long till the next island due to my anxiety, and rightly so as Grenada had something better in store for me than its stunning beaches: it brought a stunning girl Vivian aboard, a hot U.S. med school student! The trip evolved to another level, and while the girls were out I remember saying with a manly joy: “Money for nothing, chicks for free” (Brazilian saying).
We had so much fun doing a hash (cross country running after I was made to drink beer from my own new shoe), climbing waterfalls, diving, celebrating Christmas and new years eve, almost getting arrested in Petit Martinique for trespassing. Everything poured over with running gags on “horny” oh no honey mustard dressing and a fresh smoothies. And YES, there are sharks in the Caribbean! We caught a shark and had a shark ate our Tuna from the hook. All in all life in the Caribbean was slow and bright!
The most touching moment for me was to meet a family with 3 kids living on a boat and travelling the world with their parents. High cost education? Language professors? These guys where blessed with parents and people from all around the world to inspire and teach their innocent dreams. No iphones, no expensive toys. A boat, the sea and places are interesting enough!
When I came back home with many stories, one question always came up: How does your friend have such a life? Is he a millionaire? It would be too easy if he was a millionaire and that’s what I admire so much in my friend Joshua: the ability to live simple and majestuous at the same time, the complexity and simplicity of sailing; to have such a good life that it becomes a product of inspiration for many people that read his histories. I’m proud to be a crewmember of Sailingvessel Hope.