Postcards

Samaya: The Route du Rhum, destination Guadeloupe

Published on 01 april 2015 at 0h00

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“Our adventure was worthy of this major race. The final preparations for the departure happened very quickly - a diesel tank repaired, washing, food, customs papers and the departure photo. We sailed non-stop as far as Isla Aves, and then there, just like the sailors who have only just entered the Bay of Biscay and return to carry out repairs in Brest, we had breakages...and returned to the pits, at Curaçao. Urgent work (6 weeks!) with our technical team (thanks, parents) which had come from France, and we set off again with just one engine towards Isla Aves to see once again the beach and the reef on which we had run aground at the end of September. This place is amazing! And to think that instead of six weeks’ work and stress in the heat and with the mosquitoes in Curaçao, we should have been spending three weeks in this archipelago. We will have to come back one day, because for the moment we couldn’t hang around, we had to sail against the wind as far as St. Martin to finish off the work, because our new engine was being delivered there. We left immediately to cross the Caribbean Sea northwards, where we should have been able to find shelter ...

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