December 23, 2020
- Log
Tres Hombres

Directions from a fairy tale quest (By first mate Lenno Visser)

It sounds like directions from a fairy tale quest:

Head south until the fish starts flying then turn your bow due west. And if you follow these simple directions you'll end up where the rum tastes best.

Of course some trimming and maybe a gybe or two along the way but it's a good start to end up in the Caribbean :0)

Ever since we bitter sweet slowly sailed away from our berth in La Palma, encouraged by the whoops and waves from Captain Anne-Flore and two of our Refit volunteers come crew members, that unfortunately had to stay behind in La Palma, this proud ship spread her wings even further than she had done already.

Captain Andreas started his voyage by finding every scrap of canvas and boom that was stored on board and rigged up 4 stun sails next to our square sails and even our banner is lashed under the course sail to be able to harvest every ounce of speed from the wind that is given.
South we went into full canter, racing with the white horses that topped the waves as they rolled past us.

Shoes were discarded and trousers are being cut into shorts, shirts are now more often on deck than covering backs and with that also the first signs of sunburns and the smell of suncream is now evidently mingled with the fresh air.

When the fish started flying to get away from our prancing prow we used the archipelago islands of the Cabo Verde like a speed corner in an attempt to redirect our wild ride and were able to slingshot gybe ourselves due west.

The wings, that were tugged in for the maneuver, are being folded back out over the other tack and we're giving her free reign again because now we're bound for the big wide blue expanse of the open Atlantic ocean.

Leaving one continent behind and seeking the next one ahead of us like so many sailors and explorers have done before us.

“We're in pursuit of the sunset while racing the moon and by the time we'll do the reverse we will be bringing home the rum”.

What a ride, what a life…

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