POSITION : 51°30'.5 N and 000°11'.3 W
DAY / TIME : 19.05 2013 , 17:00 UTC
MOOD : RELAXED
And it has been quite an exerience, good and 'less good'.
Originally I wanted to write a long summary about my fantastic adventures, but then I don't want to bore you.
So it would be much better if you went back once in a while to one story or the other , and read it again.
Nothing wrong with that.
To be on Christopher Columbus's footsteps was fun, amd I am extremely grateful
that I have achieved what I set out to do.
I also recognise that there are still other areas that I had no time to explore:
Cuba, Haiti, Panama, South America,
but unfortunatley I was runnng out of time.
To sail to and between the Caribbean Islands is not a great challenge,
the return is much tougher,
although as you might remember we had faced one of the worst ARC ( Atlantic Rally for Cruisers ) weather conditions in years.
But that applies everywhere :
The weather is changing,
and whilst the seasons might stay we will face more freaky weather condiitions due to climate change, no matter what we think we do against it :
More wind, more rain, more snow.
The ARC itself is a fantastic ( social ) experience ,
bringing together sailors and spectators regardless of their
background, nationality or boat size.
All participants, with few exceptions, share their knowledge, plans and dreams, which creates a foundation for friendship that hopefully lasts for longer than just one season.
And we from Champagne have made many friends.
And are grateful for that.
Although the cruising ground in the Caribbean is stable with steady trade winds and almost guaranteed nice weather, it seemingly attracts more northern Europeans than those sailing already in warmer climes around the Mediterranean, between Spain and Turkey.
There is no comparison in the world to the european diversity
which I started missing after a while.
Now I am back home, and happy.
Regardless where you live, home is where your friends and family are.
THE FLAG CAN BE ROLLED UP, END OF STORY !
The adventure is over , so it seems.........
There is more to come. Just let me have a brake, ok ?
Life is full of adventures, you just have to look for it. And I am surely looking for the next one.
Don't know yet what it is, not this year anymore though, but I will surely let you participate if you are interested.
In the meantime I will be focusing on my home-page which needs urgent updating and attention.
So I hope some of you will continue reading my ' mutterings ' ,
and if I can add one last wish :
It would be great if you could give me a feedback on what you have been reading so far.
Pls tell me whether you enjoyed this or not, be honest with me.
There is no writer in the world who writes for himself, so any input from whoever you are would be appreciated.
And with these thoughts I herewith close officially the
"ATLANTIC ADVENTURES 2012/2013 " !