Postcards

L’Eclectik : viva la vida !

Published on 01 december 2016 at 0h00

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Who : Maryline, Jean-Philippe, Chloé and Célia
Where : Panama, Atlantic Ocean
Bateau : Fountaine Pajot Lavezzi 40
Facebook : EclectikCharterSailing

We can’t deny that the departure had been difficult. Fraught with doubt and questions, we had to find a new way of living, change our old habits. That first, crucial journey was past Gibraltar, where the Atlantic comes to pour its foaming waters into the Mediterranean. After visiting the Canaries, it was time to cross…the Atlantic. A not inconsiderable obstacle. Not having the required experience, I decided to do the crossing without my wife or children. Instead I sailed with my brother and a sailing friend. I didn’t sleep much during the first few days, perhaps due to the stress of having all a skipper’s responsibilities on my shoulders. Or perhaps it was just down to the adrenaline coursing through my veins with the thought of taking on this mythical journey? Or even because I was trying to hit the arrival date in Guadeloupe so that I’d be able to be there for the arrival of my family. We maintained a steady 6 knots with a constant reef, and a top speed of ...

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