Travel Diary #5 – From La Gomera to Martinique

 - 15 Juin 2019 - Travel Diary

“The great adventure begins! Are you afraid? No but I have a weird feeling in my belly…”.

Groceries are made, the boat is ready, we can set sails for the Caribbean! La Gomera is gently fading away as we set our course toward the West. Few hours pass and we eventually find ourselves surrounded by water… Next time we will see the land will be in 3 weeks, on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean.

20 days punctuated by 4-hour shifts

Every 4 hours, 3 persons are responsible for sailing while the others are resting. Unlike many other boats, we do not use the automatic pilot. Basically, we have to steer the boat, do the maneuvers and keep an eye open (shiiiiiip to staaaaarboard!). 

Obviously, this rule applies both day and night. However, the good side of it is that we have never seen that many sunsets and sunrises… without counting the endless shooting stars nights.

While the other group is on watch, we spend most of our time resting. It’s pretty tiring to stay on a boat 24/7. It’s moving all the time and your muscles are permanantly solicited.

Of course we also play a lot of music, we make games, we fish, we stay amazed for 30 minutes with the only bird around, we take time for ourselves, we get lost in our thoughts, we discuss, we debate and we remake the world. 

20 days of amazing meals

The 6 of us love cooking so much that we are almost arguing to prepare meals. On a boat, mealtime are moments of the highest importance ! And despite the unstable and sporty conditions in the kitchen, we always make sure to cook the best we could. So, for more than 3 weeks, we never ate the same dish twice. 

20 days of “wipe-shower” 

The tank water is reserved for drinking and washing dishes. So we have to wait for our arrival to shower… Fortunately, we still could quickly rinse ourselves after two swimming sessions with 5000m depth. 

20 days on a sailboat of 14 meters along with 6 strangers

A transatlantic is more of a social experience than anything else. When you find yourself in the middle of the ocean and something goes wrong, it is not really possible to isolate yourself ! So you learn to adapt a lot. You learn to accept and understand others’ ways of thinking or doing, their personalities, their desires … You also teach yourself how to forget and move on to something else. But the most important : you learn to forgive.  

Crossing the Atlantic is an extremely rewarding experience because you find yourself with people you don’t necessarily know, for a certain amount of time (in total, we spent 2 months together) and sometimes facing conditions that are not easy to handle.

So yes, a Transatlantic is a great sailing adventure but above all, it is a human adventure in which you learn a lot about yourself and social relationships ! 

  • WORLD STORIES #7 - Ed, United States

New live portrait, the story of Ed who we met in Guamal, Colombia when we were teaching english to local kids : https://bit.ly/2XjPnOW «It was in Christmas 2000, I was having troubles with the board of directors of the NGO I was working with and I realized I did not have to do this anymore. Everything I owned was paid for, I could do whatever I wanted to do. 
So one day I woke up and I decided to leave. I have had a very nice and interesting first 50 years and I wanted to share my experience with other people...» Check the full article on our website :)
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  • WORLD STORIES #6 - KERRY, UNITED STATES

We met Kerry during our first volunteering in Ecuador. He bought his farm 3 years ago and wants to demonstrate that a model of sustainable agriculture which does not depend on chemicals or pesticides is possible. 
Take a look at our website to get more information and nice photos ! :) https://bit.ly/2FyqPXQ
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  • TRAVEL DIARIES #5 - TRANSATLANTIC - FROM LA GOMERA TO MARTINIQUE « "The great adventure begins! Are you afraid? No but I have a weird feeling in my belly…" Groceries are made, the boat is ready, we can set sails for the Caribbean! La Gomera is gently fading away as we set our course toward the West. Few hours pass and we eventually find ourselves surrounded by water… Next time we will see the land will be in 3 weeks, on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean.» Here is the 5th video of our Travel Diaries serie ! Have a look to the full blog article on our website https://bit.ly/2L0JNtN :) Kisses from Ecuador! 💃☀ :D .
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  • WORLD STORIES #5 - Albert, SPAIN

New live portrait, the story of Albert who we met in Grenada while trying to reach Colombia hitchhiking on sailing boats : https://bit.ly/2X2Zfvx «When I got 19, I was tired of working in Spain. I really wanted to leave, away from Barcelone. I looked for a cheap plane ticket, I took my backpack et I went to work in Norway. I arrived alone in Oslo. I took a bus for Bergen and I easily found a job. 
There, I met many travellers. They were working to get enough money to go travel again ! It hit me ! I wanted my life to look like this as well : work to be able to travel but not too much to not feel like I am wasting my time !

Now, I want to see everything, to know everything. And more than anything, I want to meet people. It’s the most important. It’s what makes a trip amazing. You meet locals, they can share with you about their country, their region… You discover new mindsets… It’s just magical ! And you can do this everywhere in the world !»
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  • TRAVEL DIARIES #4 - TRANSATLANTIC - FROM TENERIFE TO LA GOMERA « "Is this a boat that light over there? Wait but there are 2… and even 3… lannnnnnnd in sight ». If there is one thing that marked me during these 4 months in the sailing world, it’s the arrivals. When you just spent several days at sea, seeing the land truly becomes a magical moment!...» Here is the 4th video of our Travel Diaries serie ! Have a look on our website https://bit.ly/2JOKQfD to read the rest of the article :)
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  • WORLD STORIES #4 - JUDITH, SPAIN

New live portrait, the story of Judith who we met in Grenada while trying to reach Colombia on sailing boats : https://bit.ly/2JJTgF5 « I went to a theatre and dance high school but after one year I was already wondering what I was doing here. I wanted this to end, I wanted to leave… I was sitting on a chair all day long listening at teachers without learning much.

And everyone was asking « What do you want to do after high school Judith? What are you going to study ? ». I just knew I wanted to take a gap year !

When I finished I was 18 years old and with Albert we decided to find a cheap flight and go without a return ticket. We arrived in Guadeloupe where we stopped for some time. Then, we decided to hitchhike a boat to go to Martinique. We almost stayed a month there and we hitchhiked another boat to go to Grenada. And now we are looking for a captain who could take us to Central or South America.

This is what I love about traveling. You really live in the present. Everyday you can decide what you want to do : « Ok well… today I want to visit the island, or : today I want to stay on the beach doing nothing, or : today I will look for a boat to go to Panama…». You do whatever you want with your life. This is freedom !

And it is crazy because everyone tells you that you should study to learn things. But I feel like I am learning much more since I started travelling.»
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