Katia is the girlfriend of world sailor Joshua, the columnist for the Telegraph Vaarkrant. We regularly read stories of Joshua himself. But what about his girlfriend Katia? She lived her life on the Cape Verde Islands. To Joshua from the Netherlands in 2012 came sailing, began a relationship with her and with her disappeared behind the western horizon. What did her family think? What’s her story? Katia speaking.
,, It was not easy to leave everything behind and leave. I sometimes missed my family, friends and my country. They were everything to me until then made happy in my little world. My main goal was always finish my studies and get a good job so I could take care of myself and my family. It was a big decision to put that plan on hold. But I was curious about what was on the other side of the world and I wanted Josh and give me a chance.
The sailors life is an unknown phenomenon in Cape Verde. So when I said that I left the people around me had no idea what I was talking about. When I explain to them it was accepted, but without understanding. Once asked a friend, even if I was aware of human trafficking. Other times, people asked how we sleep on board, cook and if we have a bathroom. And of course we get the money!
What made it easier was that Joshua knows my family and knew she could trust him. Finally put my family down with my departure, “We wish you all the best wherever you go, we hope that God may provide you the great sea. And the door is always open for you. ” My family is the engine of my life so their support gave me the courage to actually leave.
I do not come from a wealthy family and it was much easier to get used to life on board than I thought. To be honest I found aboard Hope comfortable than home. Difficult was that I missed living in a house with seven people, with a dog, with puppies, the cat and the neighbors who came every day. The boat with only two people felt empty in the beginning.
But it’s been worth it. What I got back was so beautiful and special. I learned a lot along the way of the people I encountered. People with beautiful life stories, who have little and be happy. And then there are people who have everything and yet complain and exhaust me with boring stories. For example, that get little in some countries. I cherish the knowledge I gained about geography, nature and history. For example, the Surinamese Maroons, the Essequibo river and the Panama Canal, which all made a deep impression on me.
In Portuguese we say “all is not roses,” and the sailing life has its ups and downs. After a while I get tired of making friends because if we go away I have to start again. On the other hand, it is important to make friends everywhere, to have people to talk to and spend a fun time doing it. Also I am still seasick every trip and sometimes can not eat for a few days.
But there is always something special on the other side waiting for us. It can be a cool beer (yes, I like to drink a beer;)), a beautiful beach, a nice party or interesting people. I will not stop me from seasickness or bumps in the road. We are now at the beginning of the great ocean and a great adventure ahead. I can not wait!
And then I want to say something, against Joshua: I want to say thanks to you, my love. Thank you for this opportunity, for your patience, you never gave me, thanks for everything. A big part of what I am today I owe to you and with this growing my love for you every day.
More information about the Cape Verde Islands and Cape Verdean music can be found on Katia’s site.
Hope sails rigging Carl Stahl Yachting
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